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Once lockdown is over I'm looking forward to going out to visit my favourite afternoon tea places! Find out where they are in my latest blog post.

We are currently living in strange times, staying in at home, with all of our favourite bars and restaurants closed for the foreseeable future. 

It's important to stay at home and stay protected, but once everything is safe and it is the right time to reopen... I am going to stuff myself silly with scones, sandwiches and cakes!

Here are five of the best afternoon teas that I have been out for on the blog that I will be going out to enjoy again once they have reopened.

1. 12 Harland Place

I went out for afternoon tea at 12 Harland Place with my mum for Mother's Day. It was so busy we couldn't get booked in for the Mother's Day weekend, and had to settle for the weekend after! And you know what... it was well worth the wait!

I remember all the food being really fresh and tasty, from the sandwiches to the St Patrick's Day themed desserts, and because it was based in Norton, we went out for a few cheeky cocktails afterwards!

12 Harland Place put on a lot of different events through the year from street food to pudding clubs, so it is definitely on the list of places to return to.

Afternoon tea at 12 Harland Place

Who to take with you: Your closest mates before you go out for a night on the town!

2. Remember Me Tea Rooms

Remember Me Tea Rooms is based off Stockton High Street. Although the food they serve is simple, their speciality is themed afternoon teas which are amazing to look at (as well as taste)!

We sampled the 'Beauty and the Beast' themed tea and the attention to detail was outstanding - from the yellow and red tea cosy, the Chip teacups as well as a scone that was shaped and coloured like an actual rose! Even to this day I can't quite fathom out how they did it.

I'd love to return soon to try out more of the themed teas!

Afternoon tea at Remember Me Tea Rooms

Who to take with you: Your book-obsessed little sister.

3. Acklam Hall

Acklam Hall has the honour of being the first (and currently only) afternoon tea that we have reviewed twice on the blog... and with good reason! We visited once to try the sweet afternoon tea and again to try the savoury afternoon tea.

Both were brilliant - the sweets and cakes were absolutely beautiful to look at (I think my most popular Instagram post is a photo of the desserts), and even more delicious to taste. Service was great and who could say no to eating at a Grade I listed building?

Cakes at Acklam Hall

Who to take with you: Your mum for a special thank-you treat.

4. Wynyard Hall

We went to Wynyard Hall for our very first Christmas afternoon tea (hey, their Christmas tee was up, it counts!) and if you have never been there it is definitely worth a visit. It's a massive hotel on huge grounds, with its own little garden and farm shop, and you can even go ice skating there in the winter.

The afternoon tea is absolutely delicious too, with lots of festive sweet treats to enjoy... so much so that we had to take some of them home!

Scones and jam at Wynyard Hall

Who to take with you: Your best friend who is visiting the North East for the very first time.

5. Cleveland Tontine

Did you know that The Cleveland Tontine is the very first afternoon tea that we reviewed on the blog? It's been four years since we visited and the Tontine has experienced a lot since then, including a flood a couple of years ago, but it is still there, standing tall on the side of the A19.

I still remember a lot about the afternoon tea we had there and that it was very seasonal and full of fresh flavours, from the tangy passionfruit curd on the scones, to the gorgeous looking lemon posset. I'm keen to go back and see how the menu has changed, and to see if it is still as good as I remember!

Afternoon tea at the Cleveland Tontine

Who to take with you: Your partner for an anniversary getaway.

And as a bonus..

I'd like to go back to Crathorne Hall to try their afternoon tea again. I went a few years ago when I started the blog and in hindsight, I rated it a lot lower than I should have, primarily because of the slow service.

Apple sponge at Crathorne Hall


When I posted the review they tweeted me to say that they were sorry for the experience and were striving to improve in the future. I'd like to go back and give them another try.

What restaurants will you be going out to first? Which afternoon tea spots would you recommend that I check out?

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By Kate at 9 May 2020, 09:38 AM


Lizzie Bee
Oh my gosh I love afternoon tea and I'm so happy to find another blogger who also loves it! I've never heard of these places before, but I love the look of Remember Me Tea Rooms as I am a sucker for themed things.
5/13/2020 8:10:56 AM
Kate | Afternoon Tees
Hi Lizzie - welcome to the blog, I'm all about afternoon tea here! The Remember Me Tea Rooms is awesome - they do Disney themed teas, Harry Potter themed teas... the effort they put into them all is amazing! If you're ever in Stratford - give the Fourteas tea room a try, it's amazing!
5/13/2020 11:07:59 AM
Hannah Louise
I've never heard of these places before dying to try them now, especially the Remember Me Tea Room!
5/13/2020 10:06:28 AM
Kate | Afternoon Tees
It's absolutely amazing Hannah, the food is lovely and the attention to detail is spot on!
5/13/2020 11:09:10 AM
Kelly Diane
I've never had a themed afternoon tea but that beauty & the beast one looks amazing. I'm definitely going to look into it more.
5/13/2020 10:28:43 AM
Kate | Afternoon Tees
It was - the attention that went into the props was fantastic, and the food was delicious too... I still can't get over how they made the rose scone to look like that! :)
5/13/2020 11:11:23 AM
Jennifer Marston
I'm missing afternoon tea so much right now! I've actually been thinking about it quite a lot lately haha! All of these teas look incredible - I'd be more than happy with any of them!
5/13/2020 11:39:55 AM
Kate | Afternoon Tees
They're all fantastic places Jennifer! Have you thought about making your own afternoon tea at home? It's really easy to do, and if you're missing going out for afternoon tea it will tide you over for a little while!
5/13/2020 1:27:06 PM
Janelle | thenellybean
Oh my lord these all look so good and this is doing absolutely nothing for my sweet tooth. Until I can enjoy an afternoon tea in a gorgeous tea room again, I'm going to fantasise about all the sugar.
5/13/2020 2:54:25 PM
Kate | Afternoon Tees
Haha, I know Janelle, I'm counting down the days until then!
5/13/2020 3:15:10 PM
Lovely blog post! I had to cancel a pre-lockdown trip to Sheffield, I want to make up for missing that Yorkshire cream tea and cake! Joseph
5/13/2020 3:26:14 PM
Kate | Afternoon Tees
Thank you Joseph! You'll be back in Sheffield enjoying lovely scones and cake before you know it! :)
5/14/2020 7:32:00 AM
I have always wanted to go for afternoon tea but surprisingly it is something which I have never gotten around to doing. I was supposed to be going for my birthday in April but obviously due to the current (very unfortunate situation) it was cancelled! Hopefully will be able to go after this is all over - Ell x
5/15/2020 10:59:24 PM
Kate | Afternoon Tees
Oh no! I'm sure you'll be able to go out for an absolutely fantastic afternoon tea once this is all over Ell, you'll have to let me know what you thought of your very first one!
5/17/2020 12:03:42 PM
Acklam Hall sounds fab! The cakes in your photo from there look delicious :) x
5/18/2020 5:46:40 PM
Kate | Afternoon Tees
Acklam Hall is lovely - the cakes taste as delicious as they look!
5/19/2020 12:11:19 PM
They all look so good! My mum went for afternoon tea at Wynyard just before Christmas and said it was amazing. I struggle a lot with the options available a lot of the time because I'm vegan and gluten intolerant but the photos are drool worthy x
5/18/2020 10:02:43 PM
Kate | Afternoon Tees
Wynyard Hall is lovely - the food is so tasty, and you get a lot of it too! I know it's hard to get vegan and gluten free afternoon teas a lot of the time, but there are so many more options these days which is great to see.
5/19/2020 12:11:41 PM

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