Celebrate National Tea Day With Tipis, Terraces and Doorstep Deliveries
To celebrate National Tea Day (and her majesty the Queen’s birthday) this week, we’ve compiled the most tempting afternoon teas
This family-run bakery was founded in Whitby in 1865, and has been enticing locals and visitors ever since. With sandwiches, cakes and savoury treats, as well as an elegantly-styled afternoon tea, Botham’s really have it all down to a tea. You can order their packages to collect, with ginger loaf and patisserie items included. Alternatively, curate your own afternoon tea online with all your favourites from their wide selection of cakes, pastries and sandwiches, then collect.
Whitby YO21 3AH
The Running Fox
With outposts in Shilbottle and Longframlington, as well as their original Felton base, The Running Fox offer an extensive menu of sandwiches, pies, quiche, melts, platters and soups. Their afternoon tea is now legendary – think sandwiches, pies, quiche, fresh scones and hefty slices of cake, which you can pre-order online. You can also now sit outdoors on their garden terrace in Felton to take tea.
Riverside, Felton NE65 9EA
Set in 100 acres of stunning Northumberland countryside on Hadrian’s Wall, Walwick Hall are offering a luxury afternoon tea for you to pre-order and enjoy at home, including a selection of sandwiches, delicious homemade cakes, pastries and freshly baked scones with clotted cream alongside a Walwick sausage roll. You can order through their website to collect.
Humshaugh, Hexham NE46 4BJ
Opt for an elegant afternoon tea at Rudding Park’s clocktower-facing terrace – the perfect setting to enjoy views of the gardens whilst tucking into a selection of sandwiches, fruit scones and cakes baked by the restaurant’s pastry chef. Accompany your food with a cup of Taylors of Harrogate loose leaf tea, mint tea (made with mint picked from the Kitchen Garden), or a glass of Tattinger Champagne.
Follifoot, Harrogate HG3 1JH
This award-winning bakery based in Corbridge is delivering its delicious afternoon teas across the North East. Instead of finger sandwiches you get a slice of ham and egg pie, quiche and sausage roll, and two types of scones, as well as an amazing selection of sweet treats like lemon drizzle cake, chocolate truffles and flapjack.
1 Market Place, Corbridge, NE45 5AW
What could be better than Bettys brought right to your doorstep? With outposts in Harrogate, York, Ilkley and Northallerton, Bettys has long been renowned for serving classic afternoon teas that showcase the very best of sophisticated dining. With a menu brimming with best-loved patisserie treats and tea room specialities, this really is the perfect way to celebrate National Tea Day with a cup of their speciality house blend. Add sparkle to the occasion with a glass (or two) of Champagne.
6–8 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QP
Beckleberry’s switched up their ice-cream and sorbet business to offer treat boxes over lockdown and they really are a delicious hit. Try their Afternoon Treat box with a selection of sweet and savoury delights, including fruit scones, quiche, chocolate tarts, bakewell tarts, chocolate cake, cheesecakes, and banana loaf slices – they’re just what you need to accompany your tea cup. Offering delivery routes for large areas both north and south of the Tyne, you can visit their website to see if your postcode is included.
Cowen Rd, Blaydon NE21 5TW
Why not venture out to Vanessa’s in Beverley for your afternoon tea? In its outdoor seating area, the deli and café has its full menu running. Order cakes, tea, sandwiches and scones and don’t forget to browse the shelves – which are brimming with deli delights – before you head home. We recommend the savoury afternoon tea with a homemade Scotch egg.
21–22 Saturday Market, Beverley HU17 8BB
You can choose to have your afternoon tea delivered (every Friday and Saturday) or visit Restaurant Pine to have your afternoon tea al fresco in the tipis at Vallum Farm until 2nd May. Offering a luxury afternoon tea experience at home from Cal Byerly, Chef Patron at Restaurant Pine, After-toon Tea-pi is set to be three weekends full of designer cakes with plenty cups of tea. Expect peach melba to start, alongside a caramelised onion and goats cheese quiche, before finishing off with Cal’s baked custard and strawberry tarts.
Vallum Farm, East Wallhouses NE18 0LL