Join us on our A-Z of afternoon tea in the region
For afternoon tea in a grand setting, pay a visit to Backworth Hall, where the daily afternoon tea includes a selection of sandwiches, scones and desserts. You could book a round of golf too or walk through the beautiful grounds in the afternoon sunshine.
Backworth Hall, Backworth, NE27 0AH, tel 0191 268 1048
Bradley Gardens’ afternoon tea is a classic affair, served in the elegant surroundings of the beautiful conservatory with views over the gardens. An indulgent treat in beautiful surroundings.
Bradley Gardens, Sled Lane Wylam, NE41 8JH, tel 01661 852 176, www.bradley-gardens.co.uk
Brocksbushes Farm Shop
At Brocksbushes Farm near Corbridge, the popular Tea Room makes a lovely setting for afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes served the traditional way. Whether in the conservatory or outside, there are few better places to spend the afternoon.
Brocksbushes Farm Shop Styford Roundabout, Stocksfield NE43 7UB, tel 01434 633 100, www.brocksbushes.co.uk
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.
Café MyPlace, White Swan Centre, Killingworth, NE12 6SS, tel 07733 895 579, www.facebook.com/pg/cafemyplace
Traditional afternoon tea is served daily at The Caledonian with a selection of freshly prepared finger sandwiches and scones, preserves and clotted cream and a variety of cake and pastry delights. Built in 1870, the Caledonian Hotel is known for its classic architecture and stylish contemporary interior.
The Caledonian Hotel, Osborne Road, Jesmond, NE2 2AT, tel 0191 281 7881, www.peelhotels.co.uk/hotels/caledonian
Carriages Tea Room
The Carriages offers a warm welcome and a unique dining experience aboard the beautifully restored 1957 Mark 1 Carriages at Bellingham Station. Passengers enjoy tea in this stunning setting complete with cakes and tray bakes, cream scones and tea. Carriages Tea Room, Woodburn Road, Bellingham, NE48 2DG, tel 01434 221 151, www.carriages-tearoom.co.uk
Afternoon tea at the Coquetvale Hotel offers something for everyone. Treat yourself to a glass of prosecco with a traditional tea or enjoy a savoury tea with seasonal selections. All are served with loose-leaf teas or coffee.
The Coquetvale Hotel Station Road, Rothbury, NE65 7QH, tel 01669 622 900, www.coquetvale.co.uk
The County Hotel
The County Hotel serves classic afternoon teas ideal for long sunny afternoons. Take your time and relax with sweet and savoury options and a choice of fizz and cocktail teas for a thoroughly indulgent treat.
The County Hotel Priestpopple, Hexham, NE46 1PS, tel 01434 608 444, www.countyhotelhexham.co.uk
Eshott Hall Hotel is an elegant boutique hotel which offers a taste of country house living in beautiful Northumbrian gardens and woodland. Afternoon tea is served daily and includes a selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes, preserves and of course tea or coffee.
Eshott Hall, Eshott, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 9EN tel 01670 787 454, www.eshotthall.co.uk
If you fancy turning back time and taking tea 1950s style, head to Fifteas in the heart of Bishop Auckland. As the name suggests, this lovely little tearoom is 50s-themed throughout with a scrummy afternoon tea available daily. A doo-wop…
Fifteas, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NJ, tel 01388 304 886, www.facebook.com/pg/fifteasvintagetearooms
Massey’s Tea Room
In picture-perfect Corbridge, Massey’s is an elegant destination for afternoon tea, which comes in three sizes – micro, mini or maxi – and includes sandwiches, scone with jam and cream, cake and coffee/tea. We know which one we’ll have… Massey’s Tea Room Middle Street, Corbridge, NE45 5AT tel 01434 633 130, www.masseystearoom.co.uk
Matfen Hall Hotel
The 19th Century mansion-hotel at Matfen Hall is set in stunning Northumberland countryside and is home to fine afternoon teas crafted from locally sourced ingredients and prepared daily. With several options, this is a sophisticated treat.
Matfen Hall Hotel, Matfen Village, NE20 0RH, tel 01661 886 500, www.matfenhall.com
A popular neighbourhood Mediterranean restaurant, Michelangelos in Ryton serves a first-class afternoon tea daily with homemade treats partnering a nice glass of fizz in the summer sunshine.
Michelangelo Hotel, Stella Road, Ryton, NE21 4LU tel 0191 413 2921, www.michelangelorestaurants.co.uk
Riverview Bakery at Blackhall Mill is a proper traditional bakery, which means afternoon tea is a real delight with fresh cakes, scones and more served up daily.
Riverview Bakery, River View, Blackhall Mill Gateshead, NE17 7TL tel 01207 563 668, Facebook @DessertHeavenNewcastle
For a sophisticated afternoon tea with a spectacular view, head to the top floor of the BALTIC art gallery on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne and take in the city and river with a local, seasonal selection prepared by the award-winning team.
Six Restaurant, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, S Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA, tel 0191 440 4948, www.sixbaltic.com
Take a seat in the luxurious Edwardian Drawing Room at Slaley Hall in Northumberland’s beautiful Tyne Valley and you’ll want to spend the whole day here. Afternoon tea is served in grand style daily.
Slaley Hall, Hexham, NE47 0BX tel 01434 673 350, www.slaleyhallhotel.com
Tea Room on the Wall
The Tea Room on the Wall at Vallum Farm is one of the prettiest spots in our line-up, with plenty of space to enjoy the summer sunshine alongside a lovely afternoon tea with views across the countryside.
Tea Room on the Wall, Vallum Farm, Military Road , East Wallhouses, NE18 0LL, tel 01434 672 652, www.thetearoomonthewall.co.uk
Tyneside Bar Café
Tyneside Cinema is a Newcastle institution, an old-school cinema that still does the movie experience properly; the kind of place where the film is at the centre of a whole world you give yourself over to as you walk through the door. Add afternoon tea before or after your movie for an extra special treat.
Tyneside Bar Café, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6QG, tel 0191 227 5522, www.tynesidecinema.co.uk
Vanilla Mamas is a lovely spot to relax on your next visit to Durham with afternoon tea served in traditional style alongside a popular homecooked menu.
Vanilla Mamas, 10 Fenwick Terrace, Neville’s Cross, DH1 4JJ tel 0191 375 0250, on Facebook
Walwick Hall’s sophisticated afternoon tea served in the hotel’s exquisite Drawing Room comprises delicate sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, beautifully presented pastries and more, all carefully crafted by an expert pastry chef. Add some extra sparkle with a glass of champagne and enjoy the view over the Tyne Valley.
Walwick Hall, Humshaugh, Hexham, NE46 4BJ, tel 0871 495 0013 , www.walwickhall.com
If you haven’t already, you have to sample afternoon tea on-board the Weardale Railway for a unique experience. The monthly cream tea and afternoon tea trains run from Stanhope,
Co Durham, taking in the Weardale countryside, including the 100ft high Etherly Viaduct, as you relax in your first-class seat.
The Weardale Railway, Stanhope Station, Station Road, Bishop Auckland, DL13 2YS, tel 08000 232 383, www.weardale-railway.org.uk