Afternoon Tea at The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

Some of the best Afternoon Teas in Northumberland

Afternoon Tea
If you’re looking for the best Afternoon Tea in Northumberland then look no further. We have collated a list of ten of the best Afternoon Teas in Northumberland that are excellent for a birthday celebration, Mother’s and Father’s Day, or just simply a no-occasion-needed treat.

Our county is home to a wide array of luxury hotels, manor houses, spas and cafes that serve the best Afternoon Tea in Northumberland, perfect for a day out with friends, as part of a romantic weekend break, or to treat your loved ones and celebrate a special occasion like mothers day and the easter break.

From traditional Afternoon Teas to Afternoon Teas with a twist at some of the regions most hidden gem locations, we have featured some of the best places for afternoon tea in Northumberland to book now:


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Magnificent Matfen Hall, nestled away in 300 acres of unique parkland in Northumberland’s countryside, makes for an exquisite setting for Afternoon Tea. Offering a classic British Afternoon Tea, they serve up delicious savoury treats to begin with, followed by delicate, hand-crafted sweets and a selection of beverages to enjoy while you soak in your stunning surroundings. You will be seated in the elegant Morning Room, distinguished by its original oak panelling and large glass windows that offer plenty of natural light and views across their enhanting 300 acre estate. Extend your treat day with a trip to the hotel spa, or how about a spot of golf on the hotel’s 27-hole course.  

The magical approach to Doxford Hall will lure you in even before you have tried their delicious Afternoon Tea. Served in either the opulent Georgian Room, magnificent library or the cosy Morning Room with its roaring log fire, their Afternoon Tea is made up of freshly baked sweet and savoury scones, homemade cakes and a selection of finger sandwiches. Opt for a warming tea or coffee on the side, or upgrade to a glass of bubbly for an extra treat. The warming glow emanating from the hotel window will make you desperate to get out of the cold and tucking into your Afternoon Tea, and the stunning setting of the hotel lawn will have you enjoying your Afternoon Tea al fresco in the spring and summer months.  

Not many people know that you can enjoy an Afternoon Tea at the fantastic Alnwick Garden at The Pavilion cafe, overlooking the magnificent Grand Cascade. With a menu of mouth-watering sandwiches, buttery sausage rolls and fluffy scones, it is an excellent Afternoon Tea spot, particularly as you can make the most of your surroundings and explore The Alnwick Garden afterwards. Don’t forget to pop into Alnwick centre to enjoy the picturesque cobbled streets of the town, the magic of Alnwick Castle and other attractions such as Barter Books while you’re there.  

What's more quintessentially British than enjoying a traditional afternoon tea within opulent, stone walls of a medieval castle? At Langley Castle Hotel, you can do just that, as this castle hotel serves Afternoon Tea in its lavish Drawing Room. You will feel like royalty while you enjoy freshly prepared sandwiches, sweet treats and scones, and make sure to book a tour of the castle afterwards to really make the most out of your visit to this magnificent historical site.  

The Cookie Jar is a beautiful, boutique hotel in the heart of Alnwick which was formerly the Convent of Mercy and has been tastefully renovated into 11 luxurious rooms and suites. Perfect for a cosy retreat, they also offer exquisite Afternoon Teas which are served up in the impeccably decorated bistro which overlooks their spacious, heated, two-tier terrace, garden area and lawn. Pick from Afternoon Tea with Fizz, a G&T or warming cuppa and enjoy a selection of sandwiches, savoury tarts, delicious scones and more.  

The Lord Crewe Arms perfectly matches its idyllic setting on the stonefront streets of the postcard-perfect, fairytale village of Blanchland. This atmospheric hotel is one of the oldest hostelries in the country and you can expect to find stone wall interiors, rustic wooden beams, flickering candles and a roaring open fire when you visit for Afternoon Tea. In the autumn and winter months you can cosy up in one of the comfy boltholes in front of an open fire, or in the warmer months you might want to head outside and dine on the sunny terrace. They offer a selection of savoury bites, delicious cakes of the day together and more.  

Beadnell Towers is a stunning, boutique hotel based in the idyllic seaside village of Beadnell. Some of the best beaches, attractions and restaurants in Northumberland are within easy reach of this fantastic spot. What’s more, this spot of luxury offers delectable Afternoon Teas, specially served in The Lounge, a tranquil haven set apart from the rest of the hotel. In this calm space you can enjoy the large fireplace, library of books and gorgeous interior while you indulge in a delicious Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Teas are pre-order only here, so contact the hotel directly to book your table and have a look at the menu.
  • The Running Fox


The mother of all Afternoon Teas, The Running Fox offers an Afternoon Tea with a twist. To say the portions are huge is an understatement, and each guest receives a four course feast of a sandwich, slab of pie, slice of cake and finally two mini scones. There are a few different Running Foxes in Northumberland, so you can visit their Felton, Longframlington, Shilbottle or Longhoughton bakery for a day of deliciousness (just make sure you arrive hungry!).

So, now you are fully informed to make a decision on where to enjoy Afternoon Tea in Northumberland - the hard part is picking just one! Make sure to tag us in your foodie days out in Northumberland by using the hashtag #visitnorthumberland or tagging us at @visitnorthumberland, whether you are out and about enjoying the Easter weekend, a Spring stay in the area, a romantic getaway in Northumberland or treating your mum on Mother’s Day.

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