Thursday 17 May 2018

Afternoon Tea at Wynyard Hall

Can you believe that we are still desperately trying to work our way round all of the most popular afternoon teas in the North East? It's been years and years of scone scoffing, tea slurping and sugar overdoses and we've still barely scratched the surface! Recently we ticked another off the list with afternoon tea at Wynyard Hall.

Now I don't want to ruin this review by going in too big too soon but I can't keep this information to myself any longer. After years of hunting to find anywhere that comes even slightly close to our current favourite afternoon tea in the North East, we've actually done it. Afternoon Tea at Wynyard Hall ticks every box.

Afternoon Tea at Wynyard Hall is perfection and annoyingly I don't think I'm going to be able to find the words to truly express how I felt about it and how much we both loved our experience. But let's give it a go!

Afternoon Tea at Wynyard Hall is served in the Library and as we were escorted to our table in the middle of the room my jaw did somewhat hit the floor. We were welcomed into the most beautiful room with huge windows framed  by plush velvet curtains, floor to ceiling bookshelves covered in gold features, breathtaking displays of fresh flowers and, the centre piece, a stunning piano.

With almost every seat in the Library taken the atmosphere was perfect for afternoon tea with a gentle murmur of happy voices filling the room. Looking round we noticed friends catching up, couples celebrating over glasses of fizz and an 18th birthday party. Each table had an impressive looking cakestand on it and we couldn't wait to get our hands on our own.

There are a few different afternoon teas to choose from at Wynyard Hall and we decided to go for the Standard Afternoon Tea with English Breakfast (£23.50 per person).  It wasn't long before our pot of tea turned up and being the afternoon tea snobs that we are we couldn't resist having a little high five when we noticed the tea strainer, afternoon tea with lose leaf tea is one of life's greatest joys.

A few moments later our afternoon tea appeared and, thanks to my nut allergy, we had a stand each which I was thrilled about as I wouldn't have to keep an eye on Simon to ensure he wasn't swiping my cakes.

Starting off with the savoury tier we indulged in Egg Mayonnaise & Cress, Smoked Salmon & Pesto, Tuna, Chorizo & Rocket and Wiltshire Ham, Pea, Parsley and Creme Fraiche sandwiches. It was nice to see some different fillings and it certainly inspired us to get more creative with our sandwiches at home. I'd never tried Salmon and Pesto together before and wow it was good! Each sandwich was served on a different style of bread which made the stand look really eye catching and gave the afternoon tea that little something extra.

We knew we were in for a treat with the scones as we could smell them as soon as the afternoon tea arrived. They were served warm and smelt divine! Our knives cut through them effortlessly and they were the fluffiest scones we have ever seen. Without a doubt these were the best scones that we have ever had on an afternoon tea.

With a plain and fruit scone each to enjoy I took full advantage of not having to share my pot of jam with Simon and had a little chuckle to myself when I noticed that he'd spread his entire pot on one scone and not left anything for his second (what an amateur!)

Scones always fill us up and it was time for a little rest before we battled the final tier. Simon decided to rest his eyes and I'm sure he had a little snooze in the patch of sun that was pouring in through the large windows whilst I indulged in a spot of people watching, secretly making a note to upgrade to a fizz afternoon tea on our next visit.

When we were ready to continue we turned our attention to the colourful top tier of cakes that looked too good to eat! Produced by Wynyard Hall's talented pastry chefs they included a mini tart (with the most perfect buttery pastry), a delicious pot of Rhubarb Crumble Custard and a little sponge cake. We were so full and struggled to finish but when cake tastes this good you have to commit and get the job done.

With our table completely covered in empty plates we turned to each other with wide eyes. We both knew it but wasn't sure who was going to say it first.

This was, without a doubt, the best afternoon tea we've ever had in the North East!

If you want to enjoy afternoon tea at Wynyard Hall for yourself, the standard afternoon tea costs £23.50 per person (with optional supplements if you'd like to enjoy some fizz with your tea), the Gentleman's Afternoon Tea costs £27.50 and the Children's Afternoon Tea costs £15.00 per child and I highly recommend you get yourselves booked in as soon as possible!

Find Wynyard Hall at:

Stockton on Tees
TS22 5NF

01740 644 811

Wynyard Hall invited us to enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea for review purposes. All opinions are our own. 


  1. It's such a beautiful setting isn't it, plus their list of teas and coffees is comparable to the Ritz I think!

  2. This looks so yummy and also such an amazing place to enjoy it. :)
    The setting reminds me of The Principal in York. You really should have a York-cation and visit. I'd definitely put it out there that you'd love it. :)


    1. I've read so much about The Principal hotels, I definitely want to visit one!


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