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The Best Afternoon Tea To Treat Your Mum To This Mother’s Day , image: Clarendon's
Eat and Drink
March 2022
Reading time 5 Minutes

Everyone loves an afternoon tea, and it’s the perfect way to treat your mum this Mother’s Day

From traditional scones piled high with cream and jam to a fine-dining feast, here are some of our North East and Yorkshire favourites.
1.Spanish City 2.Great British Cupcakery 3. Grantley Hall Top Left: Spanish City Top Right: Great British Cupcakery Bottom: Grantley Hall

Spanish City 
Take a seat under the iconic dome in Spanish City’s Gallery and enjoy an opulent afternoon tea, or dine in the 1910 Steak and Seafood Restaurant with its fabulous sea views. Relax and enjoy endless teas or coffees all included in the price of your afternoon tea here, or add a glass of Prosecco or Champagne before savouring freshly-made finger sandwiches, quiches, savoury pastries and homemade scones. Head pastry chef Kristian Branch is at the helm of the talented team, so you know you’re in good hands when it comes to wow-factor cakes like the vanilla and lemon macarons, milk chocolate and rose truffles and Amerana cherry and almond cheesecakes.
Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG
0191 691 7090 

Great British Cupcakery 
Set in the pretty pink parlour, the Great British Cupcakery afternoon tea is a true family affair. If your mum loves a delicate cake and a scone or two, we’re sure she will thank you for a trip to this cute Quayside café. The afternoon tea here begins with a British-inspired selection of sandwiches and savouries accompanied by a freshly-baked scone smothered in cream and jam, all served on their quirky selection of vintage china. Of course, no afternoon tea would be complete without a selection of baked goods, and at Great British Cupcakery the choice is plentiful, from a classic strawberries and cream cupcake to a delicious lemon curd slice topped with a meringue kiss.
15 Queen Street, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3UG
0191 230 2151 

Grantley Hall 
In the grand surroundings of Grantley’s Main Hall, enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea where decadent delights are complemented by the sophisticated atmosphere. Sample sumptuous scones, delicious homemade cakes and pastries, savoury sandwiches and maybe even a sausage roll, as this afternoon tea promises to be an unforgettable experience and the perfect place to spoil mum.
Grantley Hall, Ripon HG4 3ET
01765 620070

Issho Issho

The Sweet Petite 
For more than seven years, The Sweet Petite have been baking tasty treats including their show-stopping celebration cakes and high-end desserts. As part of the Mackie’s Corner redevelopment in Sunderland, The Sweet Petite can now offer delicious afternoon tea, but book ahead as there are only a few indoor tables to enjoy your tower of treats. Taking a Parisian theme, the afternoon tea here has Yorkshire Tea on tap to enjoy alongside sandwiches, quiche of the day, a delicate macaron, a sweet and savoury scone topped with butter, clotted cream and jam, and a number of sweet treats such as their delicious raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake and a strawberry and cream éclair.
103 High Street West, Sunderland SR1 1TX 
0191 565 6553

On the rooftop of Victoria Gate, enjoy afternoon tea with a twist at Issho. Their Japanese-inspired afternoon tea includes a range of sushi as well as favourites such as prawn toast with black sesame seeds and chicken katsu sando. This Asian take on a traditional afternoon tea also includes sweet treats, including miso and chocolate brownies, and matcha cheesecakes. Make a real day of it and opt for the free-flowing fizz, or stick with loose leaf Japanese green tea, English breakfast tea or Konacha sushi tea.
Victoria Gate, 3rd Floor Rooftop, Leeds LS2 7AU
0113 426 5000

South Causey Inn 
An afternoon tea served on a miniature picnic table and including a selection of delicate sandwiches, freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and a mouth-watering range of homemade Causey goodies is the perfect way to treat your Mum. Enjoy this quintessentially British tradition with free-flowing tea, coffee or hot chocolate, or spoil her with a glass of fizz or a tempting cocktail. Looking ahead to Father’s Day already? The Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea served with local cheeses, pork pies and black pudding scones, alongside the Inn’s home-brewed ales, is the perfect treat.
Beamish Burn Road, Stanley DH9 0LS
01207 235555

A well-known name in Sheffield since 1883, Jameson’s offer a huge range of afternoon tea options, from traditional afternoon tea with delicate finger sandwiches, to Yorkshire high tea served with a bottle of ale, glass of wine or prosecco, a cheese lover’s option and a vegan menu too. But the Jameson’s regal afternoon tea is a real showstopper – think Pol Roger Champagne alongside a selection of sandwiches, pork pies, clotted cream and jam scones, and a range of sweet treats and cakes.
332 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 1FN
0114 255 1159

Believed to be the oldest purpose-built dining room in the UK, Blackfriars dates back to 1239 when the restaurant served as the refectory for the ‘Black Friars’ of Newcastle. It’s a historic setting, but the afternoon tea is the real winner here. Served with your choice of tea, Prosecco or champagne, indulge in freshly-made sandwiches, Scottish venison and truffle sausage rolls, home-baked scones topped with salted butter and marmalade, as well as an array of delicious patisseries.
Blackfriars Restaurant, Friars Street, Newcastle NE1 4XN
0191 261 5945


Restaurant Pine  Bettys Left: Restaurant Pine Right: Bettys

Restaurant Pine 
If you want to treat your Mum to something truly spectacular, book an afternoon tea at Restaurant Pine, run by Northumberland-born Cal Byerley and partner Siân Buchan. During the day this fine-dining restaurant offers a classic three-tier afternoon tea with a refined and modern twist – plus a few special extras. Expect traditional gold sultana and buttermilk scones topped with clotted cream and preserves, as well as the finest patisseries and cakes, which could include the likes of handmade frangipane tart with sour cherry and dark chocolate leaves. A selection of house charcuterie is also available alongside, but the delicious and delicate sandwiches filled with flavours such as farm duck egg mayonnaise and gooseberry chutney are enough to get our mouths watering.
Vallum Farm, Military Road, East Wallhouses, Northumberland NE18 0LL
01434 671202

Famous across Yorkshire, Bettys tearooms are where you should go for a traditional afternoon tea experience to remember. Bookable in their Harrogate and York tearooms, enjoy your tea whilst being serenaded by the pianist – every mum will love it. The lavish selection of dainty sandwiches and irresistible miniature cakes and scones will go down a treat, especially when you can wash it all down with a traditional cup of tea, or upgrade to sip on pink champagne or a glass of prosecco.
0800 456 1919

Devonshire Arms 
An English tradition with a Yorkshire touch is what you can expect with tea at the Devonshire Arms. Served in the beautiful conservatory or the Cocktail Lounge, a selection of cakes by their award-winning pastry chefs are served alongside delicate finger sandwiches and buttermilk scones topped with clotted cream and homemade preserves. Choose between freshly-brewed tea, speciality infusions or handcrafted coffee, or upgrade to a champagne afternoon tea for a little extra.
Bolton Abbey Estate, Skipton BD23 6AJ
01756 718100

The Running Fox 
With outposts in Shilbottle, Longframlington, Longhoughton and Felton, The Running Fox offers plenty of options – both in location, and in terms of their extensive menu. Their afternoon tea is what they’re most famous for – think doorstop sandwiches, fresh pies and quiches, scones and hefty slices of cake, all served alongside endless coffee and tea. Choose your own sandwich filling, which pie you prefer and a cake or sweet treat that takes your fancy.
01665 660721

Clarendon’s Clarendon’s

Take a trip to Barnard Castle and treat Mum to a special afternoon tea at Clarendon’s. Celebrating their 10th birthday in July, this traditional tearoom gives guests the ultimate afternoon tea experience where you can enjoy up to two hours of indulging. Choose from the traditional tea for two and enjoy a number of tasty finger sandwiches, fruit or cheese scones and a selection of homemade cakes – the lemon and carrot cakes are a must try. Or try the Signature afternoon tea which comes with miniature feta, sun blush tomato and chive tartlets and a sausage and red onion Yorkshire pudding. Sip on Clarendon’s Madhatter’s tea or sample a cafetière coffee of your choice – or if you fancy going all out, order a bottle of Prosecco to wash it all down.
29 Marketplace, Barnard Castle DL12 8NE
01833 690110

Wentworth House 
In the Long Gallery with views over the gardens of this once forgotten stately home, enjoy an elegant afternoon tea, inspired by an English country garden in full bloom. Tea is served on Wedgwood’s Old Country Roses fine china and guests can enjoy a range of finger sandwiches and crostini. There’s also a range of delicious scones and homemade cakes such as millionaires brownies and gin and tonic iced sponge, which go perfectly with any of the speciality teas or a glass of prosecco.
Wentworth, Rotherham S62 7TQ

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