Durham is famous for a couple things, not all of which are positive. It’s home to one of the most well-known cathedrals in the United Kingdom, but it’s also home to some of the most deprived areas in the North-East and to the lowest house prices in the country. But when it comes to eating out and enjoying quality high tea, you get the best of both worlds, with some decadence available for rock-bottom prices. Take a look at the following afternoon tea venues to see just what we mean.
Historic Cream Tea at Beamish Hall
If you’re in or near Durham you will want to pay a visit to Beamish. This venue brings the past to life and lets you experience life as it was throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th century. If you do find yourself here then you should make some time to enjoy afternoon tea at Beamish Hall.
This cream tea is served in the Eden Tearooms from 12:30pm to 4pm every single day. You will be served a triple-tier of cakes, scones and sandwiches, as well as tea or coffee of you choosing. The cakes are handmade and include delicate, cream filled, French style pastries, as well as fondant fancies.
The sandwiches include some typical favourites, such as beef, cheese and tuna, and the teas include black, green and fruit.
Afternoon tea in this Durham location is £19 per person and there is a minimum order of 2, so be sure to bring a friend.
Delicious at the Tealicious Tearoom
This is a hugely popular haunt with cream tea lovers in Durham. They serve some of the finest sandwiches and scones in the North East and they also have a selection of more than 20 different loose teas for you to enjoy.
The teas are all stuffed into glass jars with handwritten labels. Just take a look and make your selection. If you’re a true tea lover like we are then it’s like being a kid in a sweet shop. The cakes are also something special as they are all homemade, as are the scones.
The types of sandwiches, cakes and scones change regularly, but they never fail to impress. It’s owned and run by a very passionate tea lover and that can be seen and felt in every square inch of this tearoom.
Classy Fare Horsley Hall Country House
This is the ultimate afternoon tea experience in Durham if you prefer big manor houses and country hotels. Located in Weardale, this location is several hundred years old and provides visitors with a unique experience from the first bite to the last.
They serve half a dozen home-made cakes to each person and they also make their own tea and cheese bread. The tea is served inside a small pod within the grounds of the country house and because this only seats a few people you need to book in advance. It is the perfect location for small groups of friends and a family gathering, but at nearly £30 per person it can also develop into an expensive experience if you’re taking fellow diners along.