Afternoon Tea In Northumberland
Published: Wednesday 21st Jun 2017
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Northumberland is well known for its intense history, its beautiful scenery and islands, however, not many people know that it is one of the best places to go for Afternoon tea in the UK.
There are several luxurious places to choose from but the price point is extremely reasonable so, if you’re looking for an amazing getaway and a delicious Afternoon tea, then look no further than Northumberland.
Doxford Hall is situated less than 15 minutes’ drive away from www.gracedarlingholidays.com/ and is a breathtaking country house that has striking views of the Northumberland countryside. It was first built in the early 19th century and it attracts many visitors due to its close proximity to Alnwick, Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the Scottish Borders all a short drive away. Doxford Hall offers a classic Afternoon tea in its Georgian Tea room that overlooks its beautiful gardens that are frequently used for shooting and weddings. The Afternoon tea menu offers an array of sandwiches, such as Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese, Egg Mayonnaise and Tomato and Cheese and Pickle, and homemade cakes and scones. It costs £15.95 per person.
Hexham in Northumberland is home to Slaley Hall, an Edwardian Mansion on an impressive 1000 acres of countryside. It is only a few minutes’ drive from some of Northumberland’s historical sites, such a Hadrian’s Wall, and Hexham racecourse. Afternoon tea at Slaley Hall is a luxurious experiences as you will enjoy your delicious treats in The Dukes, the plush Drawing Room of the Mansion that contains suede high-backed chairs and stunning views of the countryside. The menu consists of savoury dishes such as smoked duck, orange scented carrot and micro salad, smoked salmon, caviar crème fraîche and pickled cucumber, while the sweet of course include homemade scones but also blood orange fondant, peach and strawberry charlotte and macaroons. The price is £20 per person or you can add a glass of Champagne for an extra £7.
The Northumberland Arms
With stunning views over the River Coquet, The Northumberland Arms offers a quaint Afternoon tea to those who want a nice, relaxing experience. The Northumberland Arms was built by Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland to be used as a coaching inn until it was converted. Today, it still holds its Georgian charm and offers a lovely classic Afternoon tea for only £10 per person.
Howick Hall may not offer a classic Afternoon tea but it is the place where Earl Grey tea was invented. Charles, who was the 2nd Earl Grey, had tea blended by a Chinese mandarin who used bergamot and lime infusions and who also catered it to the well water on the grounds. It became a success in the Grey household and Lady Grey introduced it to her close circles in London who, in turn, asked to sell it to them. Twinings began to produce the tea and it has become a popular tea across the world. You can enjoy a cup of Early Grey on the very grounds that it was created and enjoy it with a selection of homemade snacks.