It was my birthday a few weeks ago, and what is a birthday without cake? Well, nothing (in my books!), so a friend and I booked to go and have afternoon tea at The Great British Cupcakery in Newcastle, which is just by the Quayside.
When we arrived, a waitress kindly showed us to a small table which had a ‘reserved’ place card on it, which was a nice little touch. We chose our teas (peppermint for me and earl grey for my friend) and waited eagerly for our afternoon tea to arrive.
Is it just me, or do you always think, ‘I can tackle that’ when you first see your cake stands arrive? Oh, how naive. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to finish an afternoon tea! This one was laden with all sorts of treats that our waiter kindly explained to us: chocolate chip scones, eton mess cupcakes, brownie, raspberry and almond blondie, cheese scone and a selection of finger sandwiches (egg mayonnaise, tuna and cucumber, ham and pease pudding, and cheddar and pickle if you’re interested!)
I always want to dive in first with the scones (I love scones!) but patiently ate my way through the sandwiches first which were all soft and delicious, before helping myself to the top two tiers. The chocolate chip scone was scrumptious and packed with jam and cream, and I loved the blondie with its light almond flavour.
Our waiters were lovely and attentive, and I was surprised to see the parlour so busy considering it was a Monday afternoon. I love the décor of pastel colours with gold trim, and there were quite a few customers who came in just to take away sweet treats from the counter.
Although we ate slowly, chatting and catching up, the afternoon tea defeated us in the end. However, the staff were more than happy to give us some boxes so we could take home our goodies (they were enjoyed later that afternoon and the following morning for an indulgent breakfast!)
For £19.95 per person, it’s not a cheap afternoon tea but is on par with other prices in the city. I’d certainly recommend it.
Have you been to The Great British Cupcakery before? Has anyone tried one of their indulgent milkshakes? That’s what I’m going for next time!