As we are both fans of Six at the Baltic - me for their coffee and views, Sarah for their afternoon tea, we decided to book ourselves a table on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Our afternoon tea was served in the main restaurant which was full with families enjoying Sunday lunch. The large, light and airy room is perfect for such a busy restaurant as you don't feel like you're sitting on top of the next door table, very important as afternoon tea definitely requires some peace and quiet.
We both ordered English Breakfast Tea which turned up in tiny teapots. I was a little concerned as I get through a lot of tea when I'm feasting on afternoon tea and find it hard to enjoy without a full cuppa sat by my side at all times. No need for worry though, the attentive guys at Six had their eyes firmly on our pots and each time we needed a refill they were there before we had to ask.
The cake stands appeared and I was really happy that my nut allergy had been well considered. Having afternoon tea with me tends to mean you get an afternoon tea stand all to yourself, something which Sarah certainly appreciated. We were talked through each tier of the stands (an added touch that I always really appreciate) and left to tuck into our food.
We demolished the sandwiches eagerly, wanting to get to the sweet stuff (I'm afraid this girl will never change!) But before I move on to talking about scones and cakes I have to mention the Hummus and Pepper filling that we both loved. It made a nice change and the peppers were thickly cut making a beautiful chunky sandwich.
Knowing all too well that it's best to leave the richest cake for last I started off with the panna cotta and followed that with the gingerbread cake. The shortbread covered in fruit and cream was one of my special additions and I was pretty surprised when I had a bite and realised what I thought was a cream topping was actually a light cream cheese. It worked so well with the fruit. I finished off with the chocolate delice which, as I predicted was beautifully rich and left me feeling full - the perfect end to a fantastic afternoon tea.
We had a great time and it reminded me how Six has actually been on my Dinner Date wish list ever since I moved to Newcastle! I think it's about time Simon and I booked ourselves a table!
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