A truly British tradition, afternoon tea or high tea may have originated in the South in Devon and Cornwall, but we aren’t short of places to enjoy afternoon tea in Newcastle. Three layers of finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and cakes, afternoon tea is one of the most popular activities that people enjoy to socialise. Whether you’re looking for a tipsy afternoon tea, a quirky afternoon tea, or a luxury afternoon tea, you can get them all in Newcastle in the following places.
Boozy Afternoon Tea In Newcastle
In true Geordie fashion many people looking for afternoon tea in Newcastle are wanting to enjoy a drink with it, so these cafes and bars offer pretty good boozy/tipsy/cocktail filled menus.
No 28 Boozy Afternoon Tea
It’s definitely a boozy one at No 28 in central Newcastle, with their afternoon tea menu coming with four helpings of different drinks to go with your usual sandwiches, scones and cakes. You get a glass of prosecco on arrival, a teapot of Cosmopolitan cocktail, a teapot of Espresso Martini, and a Limoncello included.
It’s £29.95 per person, and booking is essential with reservations available between 5-7pm Mon-Thurs, 2-7pm Fridays, 12-3pm Saturdays, and 12-6pm on Sundays.
Find the full menu and book online for No 28 Afternoon tea here.
Slug & Lettuce Tipsy Tea
There are two Slug & Lettuce bars in Newcastle, one on the quayside and one near Central station, both serving afternoon tea daily between 12 – 4:30pm. They have three menus to choose from, the Classic served with tea and coffee, the Tipsy served with prosecco, or the Cocktail afternoon tea.
The classic is £15 per person and the other two are £21 per person, with tables needing to be booked in advance. For full details of each menu including sandwich fillings and dessert details visit their website here.
Colonel Porters Tipsy Tea
Colonel Porters is on the corner of Dean Street, and their Vintage Afternoon tea is the non alcoholic version, served with tea or coffee. The Tipsy Afternoon tea comes with some crazy cocktail creations such as the Cheeky Tea-ki, or the More Gin Vicar? There is also the option to add a bottle of prosecco or rose fizz to your afternoon tea menu as well for an additional cost.
Vintage afternoon tea is £14.95 per person, and the Tipsy Tea is £19.95 per person. You do have to book in advance. Full details of the menu and how to book are available here.
A beautiful and very popular bar and restaurant on Grey Street, Leila Lily’s is a very popular spot. It’s not the cheapest, with the prices ranging from £24 – £40 depending on which drink you have with your afternoon tea. You can choose from tea/coffe, prosecco or Sweet Little Leila cocktail, a glass of Laurent Perrier rose champagne or a bottle of prosecco between two to share.
The food is really good here, and you can have either the standard, the vegetarian or even the vegan afternoon tea menu, so they cater for all dietary requirements. They’re available daily between 12-5pm and booking is definitely necessary.
See the full Leila Lilys Afternoon Tea Menu here.
Great British Cupcakery
One of the most instagrammable places to have afternoon tea in Newcastle, the Great British Cupcakery on Queen Street just off the quayside is a delightful pink parlour. Unlike other places, you get a three tier cake stand of afternoon tea entirely to yourself. It’s so much food and is beautifully presented on vintage china.
They cater to all dietary requirements but because of this they do require bookings. Although they don’t serve alcohol with their menu, they do allow you to bring champagne yourself and charge £5 per bottle for corkage.
To book call 0191 230 2151 but find more details on afternoon tea at the parlour here.
Luxury Afternoon Tea In Newcastle
If necking back cocktails with your sandwiches and scones isn’t what you’re looking for, and you’re wanting a slightly more civilised experience, these places all offer high quality, luxury afternoon tea menus in gorgeous settings. All are great choices for occasions like Mother’s Day or birthdays.
Jesmond Dene House
Although just outside of the city centre, Jesmond Dene House is a stunning place for afternoon tea in their Fern restaurant, conservatory and in good weather out on the terrace overlooking the garden.
Enjoy the highest quality food, and dainty pastries to the accompaniment of music and in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s a set menu but they do cater for vegetarians, vegans and those needing gluten free options.
Afternoon tea starts at £28 per person, and you can find the details including how to book here.
The Redworth Bar and lounge at the Vermont Hotel in Newcastle is another hugely popular place for afternoon tea, largely due to the variations in menu that the whole family can enjoy.
The Classic cream tea is £8.95, Traditional afternoon tea for £19.95 but you can add a glass of prosecco or champagne for an extra cost, a Gentleman’s afternoon tea and even a childrens afternoon tea.
See full details of all the Vermont’s afternoon tea menu here.
Cafe 21 in Fenwick is part of the 21 Group, who offer some of the best food across their various locations in Newcastle. The cafe in Fenwick offers afternoon tea daily from 2pm, always with exceptional service.
See the full Cafe 21 Afternoon Tea menu including with alcoholic upgrades here.
SIX at The Baltic
Afternoon tea at SIX is sure to be the one with the best view, on the top floor of The Baltic with views over the Newcastle quayside. You can enjoy afternoon tea here every Sunday, with classic, prosecco or champagne options to choose from.
See the full menu and book a table for SIX at The Baltic too.
Another great quayside location to enjoy afternoon tea, the Malmaison has an extensive menu which you can browse here. It includes classic, cocktail, prosecco and champagne options, and the restaurant you’ll be in has lovely views of the river.
It’s available 12:30-3:30pm from Friday – Sunday.
Bringing a new meaning to the term ‘High Tea’, 3SIXTY champagne bar in Hadrian’s Tower is the setting for afternoon tea with panoramic views over the whole city. You can have the Classic menu, or add different alcohol options, and a vegan menu is available too.
Available daily between 12-5pm, with a £10 per person deposit payment you must book in advance.
See the full details and book here.
Where Can I Get Takeaway Afternoon Tea in Newcastle?
If you’re not looking to venture out, then there are some places that offer takeaway afternoon tea in Newcastle. Here’s where you can order them to enjoy at home.
The French Oven
The French Oven bakery based in the Grainger Market offer an afternoon tea box to takeaway, and you can choose from a list of things to include, as well as dietary requirements. Find the information and how to order here.
Monsieur Crepe Cafe
Monsieur Crepe cafe is in Heaton, and they offer a takeaway afternoon tea for £10 per person. It includes sandwiches, a savoury course and a cake, but you do need to collect rather than get it delivered.
Top Tips for Booking Afternoon Tea in Newcastle
The main thing to remember for afternoon tea in Newcastle is that almost all venues require advanced booking, some up to 72 hours in advance so that they can have the correct ingredients and take any dietary requirements into account. Be prepared that some also take a deposit in advance that comes off your final bill.
Whichever afternoon tea you go for in Newcastle – enjoy!
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