Afternoon Tea Week At The Northern Niche

The Brierley At Acklam Hall

As Afternoon Tea Week 8th -14th August draws to a close it seems like the perfect opportunity to launch our new blog

After all, we are both die hard fans of cake .. what can I say?

The activity of ‘taking afternoon tea’ came about in the early nineteenth century. The Duchess of Bedford was thought to have always been complaining that she was hungry between lunch and dinner and so a light meal to suffice was invented. My, how it has taken off hasn’t it? I would hardly describe some of the places we have partaken afternoon tea as ‘a light meal!’
Here are some favourites of our own and some we have yet to visit but believe me — they are on the bucket list. You can read the full low down on the history of afternoon tea here.

My all time favourite has got to be Wynyard Hall. I even hosted a ‘milestone birthday’ afternoon tea party there in the Wellington Room a couple of years ago which was truly a day to remember. Prices currently start at £9.50 for a simple Cream Tea and £21.50 for the works. There are various add ons, too. I would advise booking as every time I have ever been rain or shine it is always very busy.

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A close runner up is The Brierley at the very beautiful Acklam Hall. As you approach the long sweeping, gravel driveway you almost feel like royalty. Eat you heart out, Duchess! I’ve eaten dinner, breakfast and afternoon tea in this luxurious setting and I am lucky enough to only live five minutes away. Featured is one of my photos from the last time I was there for a Mother’s Day tea treat.. It’s been too long and I hope I will be back soon. As at Wynyard, you can sample a basic Cream Tea for £8.00 and the Lady Anne Tea is £19.00.

The Brierley At Acklam Hall

Here’s a selection of afternnon teas to try around the North …. all instagram and twitter worthy in their own right.

Please let us know if you’ve visited any of the places we’ve featured or what your own special favourite haunts for afternoon tea are that you would recommend in a heart beat or ahem .. I mean a cake bite.


    • We are going to write about some of our favourites all around the North, Sam. Jesmond Dene House is definitely on the list 🙂

  • I’d love to try the afternoon tea at Acklam Hall, I’ve had several meetings there and it really is a beautiful setting! I one had afternoon tea at Woburn Abbey in Bedford where it was apparently invented, it was lovely! Closer to home I love The Vermont in Newcastle

    • I’d love to try The Vermont, Rachel. Do try and find time to fit Acklam Hall in — you won’t be disappointed. The setting is truly lovely isn’t it? We love that it’s 5 minutes by car away. Nice to have something so special right on your doorstep. Thanks for stopping by — really appreciate it 🙂

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