The taking of Afternoon Tea is an art and one to be taken seriously. We indulged in wanton gluttony – all in the name of research natch – to bring you our favourites…
The Library Tea Room at beautiful Auckland Castle now offers a unique version of the traditional, English treat specifically designed for ages 12 and under. And the adult version is pretty stunning too. www.aucklandcastle.org
Hotel du Vin has launched its new gin-inspired Afternoon Tea. The menu features a selection of hand-picked gins, each perfectly paired with its own tonic. A full Afternoon Tea is available daily from 12-6pm. It includes mini treats of a Knickerbocker glory, lemon meringue pie, raspberry and dark chocolate teacakes and rhubarb and custard doughnuts. All topped off homemade apple candy floss and a choice of teas.
What better way to celebrate Autumn than in the genteel surroundings of Jesmond Dene House indulging in gorgeous patisserie and a fine cup of tea. www.jesmonddenehouse.co.uk
Matfen Hall offers the perfect backdrop to play Lord and Lady of the Manor and enjoy a delicious afternoon spread worthy of Downton. www.matfenhall.com.
Rockliffe Hall offers the ultimate indulgent afternoon with spa and afternoon tea – perfect for some luxury me time. www.rockliffehall.com.
The Black Horse at Beamish offers panaromic views and delicious afternoon tea – we suggest you upgrade to the champagne option and take it out onto the roof terrace. www.blackhorsebeamish.co.uk