With Afternoon Tea Week upon us, there’s no better time to engage in this tastiest of British traditions with your nearest and dearest. Here’s some great spots in Sunderland where you can get your tea on…
Let There Be Crumbs
With an uninterrupted view of Roker Pier and some of the finest hand crafted patisseries in town, it’s no surprise that Let There Be Crumbs is one of the most popular afternoon tea spots in Sunderland. Located on Roker Terrace, Let There Be Crumbs offers both traditional afternoon tea selections (£16.95) as well as fizzing afternoon teas (£23.45) complete with gin and prosecco. They’ve even got kids afternoon teas (£6.95) so your little ones can get in on the action too!
The Salt House Kitchen
Strictly speaking, The Salt House Kitchen doesn’t do ‘afternoon tea’. Or at least, they don’t do the same kind of afternoon tea you’ll find on the rest of this list. Afternoon tea was originally a treat for the upper classes only; working class people usually had to eat later, so they would have ‘high tea’. It was more of a full meal than afternoon tea. The Salt House Kitchen have kept the tradition of high tea alive whilst bringing it into the 21st century and combining it with the decadence of afternoon tea. The best of both worlds! Perfect if you’re looking for a bigger bite.
The Mad Hatter
This quaint and quirky cafe located on Sea Road, between Seaburn Metro station and the sea front, is in fact the 4th best reviewed restaurant in Sunderland on Tripadvisor! Their afternoon tea is without doubt the reason for some of these rave reviews. As well as a delectable traditional afternoon tea (£14.50), The Mad Hatter also offers a ‘Gentleman’s afternoon tea’ (£14.50) with rustic sandwiches, a slice of quiche, a wedge of corned beef pie, boiled egg, pork stuffing, crackling and a cheese scone! Dainty and delicate or rough and ready – The Mad Hatter has your afternoon tea covered!
The Sweet Petite
Opening their doors every Thursday to Saturday in Sunderland’s independent business hub Mackie’s Corner, The Sweet Petite has quickly become a hit with afternoon tea lovers! Their offering is classy and classic. It features a delicious selection of home made sweet and savoury treats served with a pot of refillable Yorkshire tea (£17). All to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own cosy window booth on The Sweet Petite’s elegant vintage furniture.
The Looking Glass
‘Bottomless’ and ‘afternoon tea’ – a match made in heaven! That’s what the team over at The Looking Glass think and we can’t help but agree. Their newly launched bottomless afternoon teas, both alcoholic (£30) and non-alcoholic (£25), come with sumptuous slices of cake and generously filled sandwiches alongside your choice of bottomless drinks!