Newcastle is a bustling city with a great nightlife, but there is also plenty to see and do throughout the day. In this guide we will take a look at the best afternoon tea in Newcastle, showing you the very best places to enjoy a pot of tea and some treats when you’re in the city.
Jesmond Dene Afternoon Tea Review
Nestled in the upmarket suburb of Jesmond, this huge manor house sits next to a park, which itself plays host to a lovely little animal sanctuary. Afternoon tea at Jesmond Dene is an experience, a great way to while away the entire afternoon and to enjoy all that this part of the country has to offer.
The tea at Jesmond Dene is everything you would expect. They use the very best blends from well known brands like TeaPigs and they serve these with the full set of pots, cups, saucers, strainers and even a little accessory in which you can rest your strainer. It’s every bit as classy and as fancy as you would expect, but this might be too much for some.
There isn’t a huge amount of food served with every order, but there is a nice selection and they also make allowances for vegetarians. Judging by the dairy-heavy menu, we’re not sure if there would be much here for vegans or anyone who is lactose intolerant, but with afternoon tea, that is usually the case.
This is really the only downside t Jesmond Dene’s afternoon tea service—it’s very expensive. A traditional afternoon tea for one person cost £25 at last count, and this increases to nearly £35 if you want a cocktail or some sparkling wine with your high tea.
The Experience: 9/10
The tea is served in a dining room that looks better suited to evening dinners and it may be a little too formal for some. But if you like to be wined and dined and want a Ritz experience in Northumberland, this is probably as close as you are going to get.
Six at the Baltic Review
The Baltic is a must-see for anyone visiting the city, with some great exhibitions all year-long, and some tasty afternoon tea served throughout the day at set times.
The Baltic is an old mill and it’s a little more centrally located than anything else on this list, but while it doesn’t have that quaint, luxury feel on the outside, it has it on the inside.
You can opt for a traditional afternoon tea, or one with prosecco or Champagne. And there are some delicious sandwich combinations on the menu as well, including roast pepper and hummus, smoked ham and mustard, and classics like coronation chicken.
There are scones and pastries as well and these are served with a pot of tea of your choice, including English Breakfast, Peppermint, and Rooibos.
High tea at the Baltic is served from 2.30pm to 3.30pm Thursday through to Saturday at the Six cafe. It costs £19.95 per person for the traditional afternoon tea and you can upgrade to prosecco for £24.95 or Champagne for £29.95.
The Experience: 8/10
All in all, afternoon tea at the Six is an enjoyable experience. It is affordable, the service is impeccable and the food is great. It is a little short and it’s not easy to get a booking as a result. You may also struggle to find parking nearby on busy days, but minor issues aside this is a great experience all-round.
More Afternoon Tea in Newcastle
This list is growing all of the time as we sample the best cream teas in the city and then give our opinions. But as we wait for more places deserving of a spot on the top of our list, take a look at these other options for cream tea in the city of Newcastle. You should also take a peek at our guide to tea in Northumberland as well.
- Tyneside Cinema: The cream tea here is cheap at just £12,50 each, but it is also a great venue with some amazing performances.
- The Hilton Newcastle: You can always trust a classy hotel chain to deliver good high tea and while the Hilton doesn’t top the bill for the best afternoon tea in Newcastle, it’s worth a look and will cost you just £17 each.
- Marco Pierre White: Afternoon tea here costs £17.95 per person through the week and a few pounds more on the weekend, and you get some quality scones and treats for your money.