The Best Places for Afternoon Tea | Living North

The Best Places for Afternoon Tea


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Treat yourself and beat those January blues with afternoon tea at one of our top five picks this month

The Great British Cupcakery 
15 Queen Street, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3UG 
0191 230 2151 

This place has developed quite a reputation amongst locals and visitors alike, thanks to its extraordinary bakes and incredible milkshakes – enormous glasses of luxurious shake, topped with a mountain of whipped cream and finished with one of their signature bakes. The team here love afternoon tea and go to great lengths to make it memorable. Tuck into a British-inspired selection of sandwiches and savouries, with a freshly-baked scone served with lashings of clotted cream and jam. And of course, you can enjoy sweet treats en masse, all baked to perfection and ideal for enjoying with a classic English cuppa.

Matfen Hall 
Matfen, Newcastle NE20 0RH 
01661 886500 

The afternoon tea here is exquisitely prepared by Matfen Hall’s Executive Pastry Chefs, with locally-sourced ingredients and freshly-baked cakes and pastries. If you’re bringing little ones, they can join in the fun with the children’s afternoon tea – a delightful offering of ham and cheese toasties, scones and an assortment of cakes, rounded off nicely with an indulgent milkshake. Perfect for when they’ve been well behaved and deserve a treat.

The Running Fox
Rothbury Road, Longframlington NE65 8AE
01665 570760
2-4 Riverside, Felton NE65 9EA 
01670 787090 

Two artisan bakeries in the heart of Northumberland, serving deliciously rustic food that’s a firm favourite with locals. Everything is made fresh every day, and their afternoon tea is simply not to be missed. They offer a variety of options to choose from (including a gluten-free afternoon tea) but we love the sound of their ‘Tea at Grandmas’. You can enjoy a sandwich and a slice of cake, and add in a toasted teacake and Singin’ Hinnie for a twist. Opt for a G&T – made with locally distilled Alnwick Gin – for maximum indulgence.

Solberge Hall
Newly Wiske, Northallerton DL7 9ER
01609 779191

Overlooking the stunning natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, Solberge Hall is an elegant Georgian manor house dating back to 1824. Their afternoon tea takes you back in time as you sit in either the lounge or the garden room brasserie, sipping your choice of tea or Fairtrade coffee. If it’s a special occasion, upgrade to the prosecco package. Food is a traditional British affair, with a selection of tasty finger sandwiches and homemade cakes and scones with clotted cream and sweet strawberry preserves.

Victoria Gate, Leeds LS2 7AU
0113 426 5000 

Issho is a favourite among the locals at the heart of the city, just a short walk away from Leeds Station. With stunning views available from the rooftop terrace, you can enjoy the traditional British pastime with a Japanese twist. Tea-drinking is intrinsic to Japanese culture, and customers can experience a fusion with both sencha and Earl Grey available. A choice of both sweet and savoury dishes gives customers a taste of Asia: from miso braised lamb shoulder pancakes to yuzu meringue kisses.

Published in: January 2019

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