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Where to Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week in Yorkshire and the North East

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Eat and Drink
August 2022
Reading time 5 Minutes

This week it’s all about the quintessential British tradition of afternoon tea

From delicate sandwiches to scones piled high with jam and cream, and all the best sweet treats too, find our top picks for the best afternoon teas across Yorkshire and the North East.
North East:
afternoon tea Clarendon’s

29 Market Place, Barnard Castle DL12 8NE 
01833 690110
This traditional tearoom gives you the ultimate afternoon tea experience where you can enjoy up to two hours of indulging. At Clarendon’s in Barnard Castle, enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches alongside your choice of fruit or cheese scones, as well as a selection of homemade cakes – the miniature fresh fruit pavlova sounds delicious!

Lumley Castle Hotel
Ropery Lane, Chester-le-Street DH3 4NX
0191 389 1111
Enjoy delicious afternoon tea in the timeless surroundings of Lumley Castle. From Champagne to Pimm’s, to sparkling and Masons Tea Edition Gin Afternoon Tea, there is something for everyone – including a cream tea perfect for those after something a little lighter. When the weather is fine, take tea in the Inner Courtyard or enjoy scones, sweet treats and finger sandwiches on the South East Terrace overlooking the beautiful park.

Spanish City 
Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay, NE26 1BG 
0191 691 7090
For real opulence and indulgence, relax and enjoy endless teas or coffees (or add a glass of prosecco) together with a beautifully-presented afternoon tea under Spanish City’s iconic dome in the Gallery or the 1910 Restaurant. Enjoy freshly-made finger sandwiches, savoury quiches and pastries, as well as homemade scones and beautifully-decorated cakes.

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Gino D’Acampo Restaurant Quayside 
INNSiDE by Melia Hotel, River View, Newcastle NE1 3BE  
0191 933 6994
Overlooking the River Tyne, this Italian restaurant has already become something of a favourite for many, and that was before they added their Italian take on a quintessentially English afternoon tea. Enjoy three tiers including a selection of bruschetta and gourmet sandwiches, freshly baked buttermilk scones topped with whipped blackberry butter and Cornish clotted cream, followed by sweet treats such as chocolate cake with Ferrero Rocher, all washed down with a glass of Ferghettina rosé or Champagne.

Jesmond Dene House 
Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle NE2 2EY 
0191 212 3000 
There is nothing more delightful and quintessentially British than afternoon tea. At Fern Dining Room within Jesmond Dene House enjoy cherry and mature cheddar cheese scones with raspberry jam, Rodda’s clotted cream and whipped butter, as well as finger sandwiches, Cumberland sausage rolls and sun-dried tomato tarts. Plus, you’ll have a selection of patisseries to indulge in alongside refillable tea or coffee, or a glass of Champagne.

Matfen Hall 
Matfen, Northumberland NE20 0RH 
01661 886500
Rich in heritage, atmosphere and space, Matfen Hall is nestled away in the heart of Northumberland and is set over 300 acres of unique parkland – the perfect place to relax and enjoy afternoon tea. Enjoy delicate savoury flavours, delightful hand-crafted sweet treats and a wonderful selections of teas or coffees. The Northumbrian afternoon tea is what we would choose; it’s a hearty and rustic twist on the traditional afternoon tea and includes pastrami open sandwiches, pork pies, sausage rolls, as well as scones and sweet treats.

afternoon tea Bettys

Cafés Yorkshirewide
Famous across Yorkshire, Bettys tearooms are where to go to enjoy traditional afternoon tea. Bookable at their Harrogate and York tearooms, enjoy a selection of sandwiches (including smoked salmon, ham and wholegrain mustard and coronation chicken) alongside a sultana scone topped with strawberry preserve and clotted cream, miniature cakes, tea, Prosecco or rosé Champagne. Want to enjoy afternoon tea in the comfort of your own home? Order a Bettys afternoon tea gift box filled with all the delights from their famous afternoon tea – plus, there’s a Champagne option too!

Tickton Grange 
Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 9SH
01964 543666
Dive into dainty sandwiches in the hotel’s Hockney Lounge, or when the weather’s fine take your afternoon tea on the Palladian terrace. Served on three tiers of fine bone china, traditional afternoon tea at Tickton Grange includes classic finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones and savoury favourites such as roast onion filo tart, as well as rhubarb Battenberg and mango cheesecake. Wash it all down with their choice of teas, or upgrade to celebrate in style with Prosecco, Champagne or a crisp G&T.

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afternoon tea Mallyan Spout Hotel

Mallyan Spout Hotel
Goathland, Whitby, YO22 5AN 
01947 896486
In Goathland, this charming three-star county house hotel offers the perfect retreat for an afternoon of feasting, and using lots of local suppliers, their menus are full of delicious dishes. Treat yourself to afternoon tea here where you can enjoy finely-cut sandwiches, freshly-baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, and delectable homemade cakes and pastries.

Jameson’s Tearoom 
332 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 1FN 
0114 255 1159
Jameson’s has been a well-known name in Sheffield since 1883 and their large afternoon tea menu has something for everyone. Choose from Yorkshire high tea (where locally-sourced pork pies and Yorkshire-sourced ingredients are used for their delicate finger sandwiches), or the regal offering where handmade scones are served with jam and clotted cream and followed by generous slices of cake. They also have a vegan menu which means even absolutely everyone can indulge in afternoon tea here.

Victoria Gate, 3rd Floor Rooftop, Leeds LS2 7AU 
0113 426 5000
At the top of Leeds’ Victoria Gate, enjoy a Japanese-inspired afternoon tea as you overlook the bustling city centre. The menu includes a range of savoury and sweet dishes, accompanied by a choice of teas. Enjoy tuna Tataki and salmon avocado maki sushi alongside miso and chocolate brownies and matcha cheesecake. If the weather allows, take tea on the rooftop terrace, an oasis of plush sofas and lush greenery.

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