All hail festive-themed food! Have you had a festive bake from Greggs yet? Or a red cup from Starbucks? They may not be typical Christmas traditions but more and more, almost like the Coca Cola Christmas truck, they have almost become the ‘thing to do’ to signify that Christmas is on its way. And I love it! It’s the little things, am I right!?
One thing I’m very excited to do this year is have a festive afternoon tea. It seems like the perfect festive pick-me-up, a way to have an indulgent relax over delicious food and drink in the lead-up to the big day.
Here are some places in the North East that are offering a thoroughly festive afternoon tea from sweet mince pices and stollen to pigs in blankets and turkey stuffing sandwiches!
The Biscuit Factory
Artisan at The Biscuit Factory has taken on a new form and is now the Artisan Social Space – home to markets, street food pop ups, author talks…and festive afternoon tea for two Sundays in December. It’s £25 per person and the menu looks amazing! Think game sausage rolls, turkey and winter slaw brioche and treacle tart. Click here for tickets and here for the menu.
The Fantastic & Delicious Cafe is now open in Fenwick. Tied in with the Christmas window theme of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it can be found on the Lower Ground Floor of the department store. Afternoon tea is served daily from 2pm. The afternoon tea isn’t technically ‘festive’ as it doesn’t include any festive flavours, but as it is on only for over the Christmas period, I’ve included it. Click here for the menu.
Great British Cupcakery
Available from 11th November – 24th December, GBC’s Merry & Bright event offers new Christmas themed bakes, cakes, shakes and more as well as a festive afternoon tea which will also be available in veggie, vegan and gluten free. Click here for the menu.
Marco Pierre White, Newcastle
I spotted this deal on wowcher for a festive afternoon tea for two people with a cocktail each for only £22 Monday-Thursday, or for £25 Friday-Sunday. What an absolute bargain! It includes festive treats like turkey and stuffing sandwiches and spiced carrot cake.
South Causey Inn
I love this charming restaurant and hotel and I can imagine it’s even more beautiful at Christmas time. Serving a festive afternoon tea from Friday 29th November – take a look at the menu! There are options for gluten-free and vegan diners, as well as a children’s festive afternoon tea too! All afternoon teas need to be pre-booked. More info here.
Spanish City, Whitley Bay
Indulge in a three-tiered festive display of treats, while sitting under the splendour of the dome in the gorgeous gallery at Spanish City. The festive afternoon tea comes with all the trimmings from turkey, stuffing and cranberry sandwiches to sweet mince pies and spiced cranberry and apple scones. Available with Prosecco and Champagne, and with a children’s version too – this festive afternoon tea ticks all the boxes.
Enjoy a festive edition of Tyneside Cinema’s popular afternoon tea with a generous selection of freshly baked treats including Christmas sausage roll, buttermilk scones, mini Yule log and delectable mince pies… add a glass of fizz if you want!
This may be the best location to enjoy a festive afternoon tea in the North East! The Vermont are serving their festive afternoon tea in the Sky Lounge this December where you can tuck in to an afternoon of festive treats with a backdrop of iconic views of the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside. Can’t find the menu, but here’s more details.