Tea, sandwiches … and cake!
Come and join us for the best afternoon tea in the North East!
Our Afternoon Teas are held in high regard – we served almost 30,000 last year alone!
With a variety of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, sumptuous cakes and prices starting at just £17.50; you’ll be hard pushed to find a grander Afternoon Tea experience.
We are unable to reserve tables in the Drawing Room however we can take reservations for Afternoon Tea taken in The Brasserie Restaurant.
Afternoon Tea is also served in The Brasserie Restaurant during periods where the Drawing Room is closed due to a wedding event.
Reservations for The Brasserie Restaurant can be made by calling 0191 2936689
The History of Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea was initially developed as a private social event for ladies who climbed the echelons of society. It was only when Queen Victoria engaged in the Afternoon Tea ritual that it became a formal occasion on a larger scale, known as ‘tea receptions’.
These receptions could have as many as two hundred guests with an open ‘at home’ invitation to visit between 4pm and 7pm, during which they could come and go as they pleased; this was the genesis of the Afternoon Tea as we know it.
In Britain today Afternoon Tea is usually enjoyed as an occasional indulgence or to celebrate a special event such as a birthday, or a pre-wedding or baby shower party with a group of friends.