Newcastle probably isn’t the first place you think of when wanting to enjoy an afternoon tea.
And yet, hidden amongst the lively bars and busy shopping streets, you’ll find a fantastic selection of afternoon teas to suit everyone from your fussy Mam to your beer loving brother.
Whether you like to enjoy your cake in a plush hotel or prefer the hustle and bustle of a lively tea room, Newcastle has it all.
Jesmond Dene House
The beautiful Jesmond Dene House is close to the city yet has all the peace and charm of a country hideaway. Afternoon tea is served in a choice of rooms, the best being the Garden Room in the Summer and by the roaring fire in the Cocktail Lounge during Winter. The cake menu changes but always offers a wonderful variety of treats. Look out for the macarons, they are out of this world.
Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2EY, 0191 212 3000, jesmonddenehouse.co.uk
A new addition to the afternoon tea scene, Bonbar is known more for being a glamorous nightspot than a food destination so is a bit of a secret. Tea is picked from a selection of pyramid infusers, with your chosen tea arriving in a teapot made of hand blown glass. The fun continues with sandwiches and cakes displayed on slate boards and glass cake stands. The freshly baked scones are particularly impressive, served with homemade jam and chocolate dipped strawberries – just make sure you leave room for cakes.
The Assembly Rooms, Fenkle Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5XU, 0191 232 8695, bonbar.co.uk
Great British Cupcakery
Its position just off the Quayside means that the Great British Cupcakery is always busy. It’s no surprise as the shabby chic haven of pastels and homemade cakes serves up a fantastic high tea. Go prepared with an empty tummy as this tea is particularly huge. There’s a Geordie twist on the sandwich tier with the addition of ham and pease pudding and the tea comes with monster scones and massive slabs of homemade cake.
15 Queen Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3UG, 0191 230 2151, thegreatbritishcupcakery.co.uk
If you like your afternoon tea a little different then you’ll love Garden Kitchen who serve up their offering on mini picnic benches. A change from the traditional, the Garden Picnic sees mouth watering savoury treats siting alongside the cakes. This is the place to be different and a jug of freshly made traditional lemonade is a fantastic alternative to a pot of tea.
Eldon Garden Shopping Centre, intu Eldon Square, Percy St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RA, 0191 232 7885, gardenkitchennewcastle.com
The Vermont Hotel
With a choice of 5 afternoon teas including a Cocktail Tea and Mad Hatter’s, the Vermont Hotel offers great variety as well as beautiful views of the Tyne Bridge. Serving up a fantastic Gentlemen’s afternoon tea featuring a scotch egg, mini burger and a pint of Wylam Ale, the Vermont is the place to convert the reluctant man in your life.
Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ, 0191 233 1010, vermont-hotel.com