Unfortunately, having just bought a house, we weren't able to splash out to celebrate our third anniversary with an overnight stay but as Jesmond Dene House is still our biggest obsession we decided to return this year to celebrate with an afternoon tea.
The afternoon tea at Jesmond Dene House is the one that we are forever telling people about, we've had it so many times now but can never get enough. It is the very best and what better way to celebrate a special occasion than with the very best.
After a quick spot of cake maths we're pretty sure we've had the Jesmond Dene House afternoon tea five times now and it's certainly popped up on the blog a few times but we couldn't resist sharing a few photos with you.
Afternoon Tea at Jesmond Dene House costs £19.00 per person and is served in a few different rooms to suit every mood and occasion. It'll probably come as no surprise to you that we've now had afternoon tea in every available room in the house!
If you want a tip from the pros, we'd definitely recommend taking your tea in the Cocktail Lounge in the Winter (it's so cosy next to the roaring fire) and the Sun Lounge in the Summer (with fantastic views of the garden). This time, however, we had our tea in the main restaurant - a first for us!
Offering a fantastic personalised service I had my own special "nut free" afternoon tea and Simon swapped one of his cheese scones for an extra plain. It's little touches like this that make us return to Jesmond Dene House time and time again - the service is exceptional and the staff are all so friendly.
Not being strangers to afternoon tea I suggested to Simon that we mix things up a bit this time by eating a sandwich, followed by a scone and then a cake before returning back to the bottom tier to repeat the process again. He looked absolutely horrified at the suggestion and I learnt to never mess with Simon's afternoon tea routine - the man knows what he wants!
The sandwiches were made with fresh squishy bread and packed full of delicious fillings. I'm not going to lie though we wolfed them down to get to the scones!
We had three scones each, a plain, fruit and cheese served with butter, raspberry jam, strawberry jam and cream. There began the great jam and cream debate. How had I never noticed that Simon and I eat our scones differently? I prefer jam first followed by cream whereas he likes a thick layer of cream finished with big dollops of jam.
We were so full by the time we got to the cake tier but there was no way we were going to quit! We were thankful that the attentive staff did such a great job of keeping our teapot full because we were on a mission to eat every last crumb on our cake stand.
I enjoyed my nut free cakes with Lemon and Raspberry Shortbread, Rhubarb Cheesecake Sundae, Red Velvet Cake and Meringue with Fresh Fruit whilst Simon had a few replacements in the form of a giant Lemon Macaron and a Chocolate and Salted Caramel Fancier.
Jesmond Dene House change their cakes seasonally so it's always fun to see what appears - I don't think we've ever had the same cakes twice!
We left a few hours later feeling full to bursting and happy to have spent our special day somewhere that we love. Next time you have a special occasion to celebrate make sure you book yourself afternoon tea at Jesmond Dene House - you're hunt for the perfect afternoon tea will be over!
Want more? Read my previous blog posts about Afternoon Tea at Jesmond Dene House and Christmas at Jesmond Dene House