Best Places For Afternoon Tea In Northumberland

Published: Thursday 5th Mar 2015

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

Enjoying Tea in Northumberland

Enjoying a spot of afternoon tea is a perfect way to relax while you are on holiday.  With menus that usually feature delicate finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, sweet pastries, cakes, countless types of tea, coffee and even champagne, it is no wonder few can resist this quintessentially British custom.

There are many places in Northumberland that offer afternoon tea.  From hotels, pubs and even castles, you can be sure of finding a great setting for an indulgent experience.

Alnwick Castle

Not just a place with architectural merit and a wealth of history, this medieval castle also offers an afternoon tea menu in its Courtyard Café serving fine sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea or coffee.

While you are at the castle, you can find out about its turbulent past, explore its immaculately maintained gardens and see the largest tree house in the world.

The White Swan

Also located in Alnwick is the White Swan, a 300 year old coaching inn set in the centre of the market town.

You can choose to dine indoors or outdoors, and their afternoon tea menu has a traditional feel, offering a selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones with preserves and cream, pastries as well as a choice of tea or coffee.

Doxford Hall

For a special celebration or an extravagant experience, make your way to Doxford Hall for a real treat.

A country house and hotel spa situated amongst rolling hills in the Northumberland countryside, this hall was built in 1818 and rests within a well-maintained 10 acre estate.  You can take afternoon tea at its Georgian Room, which is an opulently decorated space overlooking spacious and beautiful gardens.

With sweet treats that are perfectly decorated and freshly made finger sandwiches elegantly presented on a three tier silver stand, you will be thoroughly impressed by the afternoon tea offerings at this establishment.

Sunderland Marriott Hotel

For a menu that presents excellent value for money, Sunderland’s only 4-star hotel - the Sunderland Marriott Hotel, definitely tops of the list.  With prices starting from just £9.95, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

This hotel overlooks Whitburn Sands and has a waterfront location which makes it an ideal setting for afternoon tea.  It is also just two miles from the city centre, which is great if you wanted to do a bit of shopping or sightseeing in town.

Afternoon tea can be taken at its Promenade Restaurant, which features a timeless interior with elegant touches throughout.

Slaley Hall

An Edwardian mansion located in the town of Hexham, Slaley Hall offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere from which you can take your afternoon tea.  You can enjoy excellent views to the golf course from its public rooms and it also features extensive grounds for walking should you over-indulge and want to exercise a little.

If you are drawn to Northumberland for your next break but want a bit more flexibility in your accommodation, then Grace Darling Holidays can help.  Offering a wide range of self-catering properties along the Northumberland coast, you can enjoy the usual comforts provided by hotel rooms, but you also get extra space, the freedom to cook your own meals and to go about your day exactly as you would like. 

Don’t forget to check their late availability offers too, if you want to grab a great bargain!


The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team

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