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They say that there is no more quintessential English ritual than the ceremony and serving of afternoon tea – and as many other drinks come and go - tea always remains the number one.

They say that there is no ritual more quintessentially English than the ceremony and serving of afternoon tea. Whether you’re searching for a romantic day out with a loved one, a great place to take your mum for Mother’s Day or the idea spot for a relaxed spa break, afternoon tea is a wonderful way to while away a Saturday afternoon.

Thankfully, you can find a number of great places for afternoon tea in the North East. If you’re looking for a classic cuppa, delectable tea sandwiches and delicious cakes, why not discover our list of the best places for afternoon tea in NewcastleGateshead below?

The Vermont Hotel

Nestled behind the Castle Keep and with stunning views over the River Tyne, the Vermont Hotel provides a luxurious and relaxed setting for afternoon tea on the Quayside. Hosted in the hotels’ spacious lounge, the Vermont offers five different types of afternoon tea to appeal to every taste.

This includes traditional afternoon tea, or a menu with champagne, rose champagne, a classic cocktail or Hendricks if you’re looking for something stronger. Afternoon Tea packages for the Vermont are available daily between 1pm and 5pm, with prices ranging from £14.95 to £28.00


Situated on the top floor of Gateshead’s iconic BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, SIX is a revolutionary, modern restaurant that boasts great views that can’t be beaten, of the iconic bridges.

While you may come for the views, you can stay for their famous afternoon tea which has been frequently hailed as one of the best in Newcastle and Gateshead. SIX offers three different afternoon tea packages including traditional, cocktail and champagne options, with prices ranging from £14.95 to £22.95 per person. Afternoon Tea at SIX is available from Monday to Saturday, 2pm- 5pm; however, this popular spot fills up quickly, so be sure to book in advance!

Olive and Bean

Olive and Bean is owned by two Tyneside folk looking to bring something different and unique to Newcastle’s foodie scene. If you’re looking for an afternoon tea that’s both hearty and a little more casual, you’ll find it at Olive and Bean.

With a great selection of homemade sandwiches and cakes, made with locally sourced ingredients, this bustling café offers a cheaper yet delicious alternative to the high class, expensive afternoon tea you might find elsewhere; a great option if you’re bringing family in tow! With no frills, just good quality home cooking, Olive and Bean offer afternoon tea for two, at a very reasonable price of £15.99; served on weekdays 2pm until 5pm.

Jesmond Dene House

Located in the heart of a quiet woodland setting, yet minutes from Newcastle city centre and the stylish neighbourhood of Jesmond, Jesmond Dene House Hotel and Restaurant offers understated luxury, contemporary style and award-winning food. An afternoon tea at Jesmond Dene is truly a way to treat yourself to a traditional tea with finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and delicate cakes which are crafted in-house.

If you want to go all out, indulge in a champagne or confectioners afternoon tea; each menu ranges from £19.50 per person to £32.00 per person. Afternoon tea is usually served from 2.30pm until 4.30pm, all year round. Definitely pay a visit in the summer to enjoy your tea out on the veranda surrounded by the lush green gardens of the hotel itself.

Hotel Indigo

Known as the best boutique hotel in Newcastle, this vibrant and modern hotel offers its guests a refreshing and unforgettable experience when it comes to afternoon tea. Hosted in the Grainger Lounge, Hotel Indigo offers full afternoon tea for £15.95 with an option to add extra special details such as a glass of champagne and cream tea.

Served from Monday to Sunday, from 2.30pm until 5pm, an afternoon tea at Hotel Indigo brings a modern touch to the traditional afternoon tea ritual; and there’s even gluten free options too!

Hotel Du Vin

If it’s elegance you crave then look no further than Hotel Du Vin. This relaxed yet chic hotel located next to the trendy, creative district of Ouseburn is perfect for indulging in those tempting towers of pastries, sandwiches and scones with lashings of jam.

The hotel offers five variations on the classic afternoon tea, with cream tea, champagne and G&T versions all presenting plenty of options for thirsty travellers. Priced between £6.75 and £19.75 per person, and available Monday to Sunday from 2pm until 5pm, you should certainly consider afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin if you’re staying the night.

Hilton NewcastleGateshead

Known for its striking views of the River Tyne and its landmark bridges, the Hilton Newcastle boasts an excellent location for anyone visiting the Windows on the Tyne bar. Catering for all types of guest, the hotel offer a huge selection of afternoon tea options including traditional flavoured teas, champagne options and gluten free alternatives, as well as the odd adventurous extra.

Prices for afternoon tea at the Hilton Hotel in NewcastleGateshead range from £7.50 to £18.95 per person and are available from 11AM until 2AM from Monday to Saturday, and from 11AM until 11.45PM on Sunday so all of your cravings are taken care of around the clock!

The Grand Hotel

If you fancy getting out of the city for the day, why not head to the North East coast for afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel?

This stunning and regal hotel overlooks the sandy beaches of Tynemouth and serves up one of the best afternoon teas in the North East. Presented in the elegant Victorian style drawing room, you can tuck into a variety of finger sandwiches, fresh baked scones, homemade macarons and delectable cream cakes alongside a fresh, hot cup of tea or cold glass of fizz.

Prices start at £17.50, and with tea served from 12pm to 5pm from Mondays to Saturdays, and from 3.30pm on a Sunday.

Blackfriars Restaurant

Surprisingly, the multi-award-winning city centre restaurant in Newcastle has only just started serving afternoon teas. Blackfriars invite you to tuck into a refined traditional tea at the weekend with a choice of tea or fizz to accompany the classic selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones. Perhaps a stand out addition to their teas is the Blackfriars' homemade wild hog sausage roll! 

Afternoon teas are available at Blackfriars to dine in at their Newcastle restaurant or order for takeaway to enjoy at home on Fridays and Saturdays. Prices start at £18 per person.

If you have any other suggestions of great places for afternoon tea in NewcastleGateshead, get in touch with us on Twitter @altweet_pet and tell us your favourite!

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