Special Focus: Tea for you

Join us for an adventure into the world of elegant cake stands and loose-leaf tea as we visit some of the finest afternoon tea destinations in the region

Relax with afternoon tea and views over the fruit fields. Choose your homemade scone and cakes with fresh sandwiches, or enjoy the gluten-free version with chocolate brownies. You can also enjoy berries picked yards from your table, or try the Scone of the Month (sweet or savoury) with cheese and chutney or jam and cream.
Styford Roundabout Stocksfield, NE43 7UB, tel 01434 633 100, www.brocksbushes.co.uk

This welcoming independent café is renowned for its tranquil garden and homemade afternoon tea with delicate finger sandwiches, scones and irresistible cakes. Plus, there’s a great daily menu of light lunches, snacks and sweet treats.
52 Newgate Street, Morpeth, NE61 1BE, tel 01670 505 483, Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm

A neighbourhood café in the heart of Killingworth, Café MyPlace is a little piece of vintage heaven where you can spend hours enjoying tea, sandwiches and homemade scones in cosy surroundings. Expect a warm welcome and homemade food on every visit.
White Swan Centre, Killingworth, NE12 6SS, tel 07733 895 579, www.facebook.com/pg/cafemyplace

This award-winning bar and restaurant on Newcastle’s Grey Street is a sanctuary far from the hustle and bustle of city life. Savoury afternoon tea options include goats’ cheese and caramelised onion quiche alongside a trio of finger sandwiches, while sweet treats include white chocolate and raspberry mousse, vanilla and pecan eclair, fruit scones and chocolate entremets. Add to the experience with a cocktail mixed for you at the bar.
Grey Street, Newcastle, NE1 6AE, tel 0191 230 6700, www.leilalilys.co.uk

For a quintessentially English afternoon tea, you must go to Jesmond Dene House. This grand Edwardian mansion in the heart of this famously lovely dene is home to elegant indoor and outdoor dining areas where afternoon tea features handcrafted sandwiches, fresh scones and exquisite pastries served on elegant three-tiered stands. You have a choice of premium loose-leaf teas and fizz, and vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available with 48 hours’ notice.
Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle, NE2 2EY, tel 0191 212 3000, www.jesmonddenehouse.co.uk

Matfen Hall’s tea lounge, The Orangery, is home to a unique afternoon tea experience. Offering flavours which are both familiar and exciting, the exquisite selection of sandwiches, pastries and cakes is accompanied by your choice of Newby Tea, Café du Monde, or Laurent-Perrier Champagne. Add the spectacular rural location of this 19th Century five-star hotel for an unforgettable experience.
Matfen Hall Hotel, Matfen, NE20 0RH, tel 01661 886 500, www.matfenhall.com

Popular neighbourhood Mediterranean restaurant Michelangelos serves afternoon tea daily with homemade treats including sandwiches, scones and wonderful cakes. Partnered with a glass of fizz and summer sunshine, what more could you ask for?
Stella Road, Ryton NE21 4LU, tel 0191 413 2921, www.michelangelorestaurants.co.uk

For a day out at the coast and afternoon tea in a beautiful walled garden, the experience at Tynemouth61 includes a chunky sandwich of your choice, cheese or fruit and cherry scone, a cake or cheesecake of your choice, and tea or coffee with unlimited refills. You can also add a glass of prosecco and while away the whole afternoon.
61 Front Street Tynemouth, NE30 4BT, tel 0191 257 3687, www.no61.co.uk

On Hadrian’s Wall near Hexham, Walwick Hall is an exquisite setting in which to linger over an elegantly sophisticated afternoon tea in luxurious surroundings. Served in the Drawing Room, a decadent selection of delicate finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and sweet treats created by the hotel’s expert pastry chef is complemented with loose-leaf tea or Laurent-Perrier Champagne.
Humshaugh, Hexham, NE46 4BJ, tel 0871 495 0013, www.walwickhall.com

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