Treat your mum to Afternoon Tea in the Old Library at Auckland Castle, where you can enjoy a seasonal selection of canapés, finger sandwiches and delicate sweet treats, accompanied by a pot of speciality tea, and a glass of prosecco (there are non-alcoholic alternatives available). Formerly home to the Prince Bishops of Durham, this medieval fortress is the perfect place to while away an afternoon – walk off your lunch with a wander around the beautiful grounds, or discover the history of the castle with a guided tour.
Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NJ
01388 743 750
The Running Fox
With outposts in Shilbottle and Longframlington, as well as their original Felton base, The Running Fox offers plenty of options – both in terms of location, and in terms of their 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 can all be taken home if you can’t quite eat another morsel.
Riverside, Felton NE65 9EA
Matfen Hall’s executive pastry chefs bring you a truly traditional affair. Enjoy a classic combination of delicate sandwiches, freshly-baked scones and homemade sweet pastries, all skilfully prepared by their in-house pastry chef. The tea itself isn’t forgotten here – a range of loose leaf teas are sourced from Newcastle-based Ringtons and are designed to complement your food perfectly. A gluten-free version, a gentleman’s afternoon tea and a children’s afternoon tea, featuring ham and cheese toasties and milkshakes, are also available.
Matfen, NE20 0RH
Set in 100 acres of stunning Northumberland countryside on Hadrian’s Wall, Walwick Hall is a unique setting to indulge in a luxury afternoon tea. Their special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea includes a selection of sandwiches, delicious homemade cakes, pastries and freshly baked scones with clotted cream, along with a celebratory glass of Prosecco or Pink Taittinger Champagne – all served in the grandeur of the Drawing Room overlooking the beautiful Tyne Valley.
Humshaugh, Hexham NE46 4BJ
01434 620 156
The Glasshouse Café
This popular café is housed in an original 19th century glasshouse with delightful garden views, so be sure to book at least a day in advance for their afternoon tea. You can choose a confectioner’s tea (with homemade scones, jam, cream and pastries), a traditional afternoon tea (which also includes fingers sandwiches), or a sparkling afternoon tea (which – you guessed it – includes a glass of prosecco or a chilled bellini).
Bradley Gardens, Sled Lane, Wylam NE41 8JH
Living North LIVE
Stop off for a delightful afternoon tea at Living North’s LIVE fair at York Racecourse (Friday 20th–Sunday 22nd March). Yorkshire’s best homes, gardens, shopping, food and lifestyle exhibition, you can browse the hundreds of hand-picked exhibitors selling everything from fashion and beauty to homeware and gifts, and the food hall packed with artisanal goodies, before refuelling with a pre-bookable afternoon tea. Tuck into dainty finger sandwiches, scones, sweet treats and tea and coffee (and if you’re feeling indulgent, prosecco) – it’s the perfect way to make mum feel special.
Living North LIVE, Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March 2020
York Racecourse, York YO23 1EX
To buy tickets, call 0191 261 8944 or click here
Enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea served in the Georgian opulence of Grantley Hall’s Dining Room, available 2pm–5pm. Made using the finest Yorkshire produce, you can forget the typical tuna and cucumber sandwiches, as their selection includes luxury combinations of truffled cucumber and cream cheese and peppered beef and celeriac remoulade on rye bread. The sweets are equally as indulgent, featuring freshly-baked raisin scones with Devon clotted cream and a delightful range of pastries – all served on delicate bespoke crockery, and with tea poured from sterling silver teapots.
Ripon HG4 3ET
Opt for an elegant afternoon tea in Rudding Park’s Conservatory – 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 Taittinger Champagne. If the sun is shining, take your tea al fresco in the exclusive Breeze House hideaway, which seats up to eight guests.
Follifoot, Harrogate HG3 1JH
For a real Mother’s Day treat, what could be better than a lavish lunch at the home of afternoon tea? 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. At Bettys Harrogate, the reservation-only afternoon tea is served in the Imperial Room, a beautiful, historic suite that dates back to the early 1900s, with a menu brimming with best-loved patisserie treats and tea room specialities. Add sparkle to the occasion with a glass (or two) of champagne, and sit back as a pianist serenades you and the room.
0800 456 1919
Afternoon tea at Raithwaite Estate is one to remember. If the weather is kind, enjoy the views of the award-winning gardens from the terrace as you tuck into a chef’s selection of favourites, homemade pastries and traditional cakes, served with your choice of teas or coffee, or a glass of Lauren Perrier Champagne. For cooler days, the amazing views of the estate can still be enjoyed from the conservatory, or Poachers Bar – where a log-burning stove and atmospheric lighting will make you and mum feel at home as you enjoy your afternoon tea, which is served 1pm–5pm.
Sandsend Road, Whitby YO21 3ST
01947 661 661