SR News has visited the eight best spots for afternoon tea in the North East, each selected based on customer reviews and one-to-one interviews with business owners, chefs and managers.
Afternoon tea is typically viewed as an ideal treat for families, couples, friends or even for party celebrations such as weddings, hen dos, dates or baby showers. The afternoon mini meal serves to stem hunger and satisfy the palette in pleasant, relaxed surroundings.
The tea is usually presented on a three tier stand displaying a selection of sandwiches, scones, jam, clotted cream and cakes. Variations in the service depend on the place you visit as some businesses (usually small and independent) solely specialise in afternoon tea whereas, others (larger companies and chains) feature it as an additional option alongside other services.
Use the interactive map below to find the tastiest tea rooms in the North East. It’s ideal whether you are planning a visit, looking for new places to try or simply intrigued by the service and want to find out more information.