A unique country-like location situated in the city, home to a traditional grand house and surrounded by beautiful greenery – my initial impression of the venue was magnificent.
Upon entering, we were greeted by delightful staff who were happy to show us to our table, present us with menus and explain the afternoon tea offering. Our table was in the homely and welcoming conservatory area, neighbouring the restaurant and with a remarkable view over the garden.
Afternoon tea is available ever day 12pm to 5pm, and is perfect for an afternoon catch up with friends or even special occasion with family.
As a vegetarian, I was so impressed to be presented with a menu with no hesitation, detailing the afternoon tea I’d be served, a personal touch for vegetarian diners.
We first chose the drinks we’d like – I opted for the The Tale of Tangier tea & rum composition, a first for myself from the NOVELTEA range. It was refreshing and sweet, almost like an iced tea with a twist. I’d definitely recommend trying and would be tempted to try the other flavour on offer at Jesmond Dene House.
If this doesn’t take your fancy, choose from lots of flavours of traditional loose leaf teas, cocktails, prosecco or even champagne!
The afternoon tea is priced at £25 per person, where you enjoy three tiers of delightful sandwiches, scones and deserts – with a loose leaf cup of tea included if desired.
The vegetarian afternoon tea consisted of a Mediterranean vegetable and mozzarella turnover, organic free-range egg & cress and cheese savory sandwiches, and a broccoli and stilton quiche. The turnover was my favourite element, crumbly pastry and bursting with flavour.
The next tier held a selection of scones, complimented by indulgent clotted cream and homemade berry jam, filling and delicious. The top, my favorite, was a selection of cakes; a strawberry & lemon balm macaroon, raspberry cream sundae, meringue & fresh berries and a chocolate, orange & almond truffle.
The waiting staff were attentive and approachable throughout the whole afternoon, and took the time to explain each tier of the afternoon tea. I was asked before the meal if I’d prefer my afternoon tea without gelatin, and they were able to make the arrangements to accommodate my request, a lovely touch to the service by the attentive team.
Unable to finish all of the afternoon tea despite over indulging, we just had to ask to have the left-overs boxed up to take home! Before leaving we headed outside, home to a peaceful seating area and beautiful garden, a lovely place to see the beautiful house and traditional décor and brickwork.
We had the perfect relaxing afternoon in an unrivalled venue, complimented by staff just as passionate about the menu as they were about the comfort of their guests. Whatever the occasion, if its relaxation, indulgence and a spot of extravagance you’re looking for – Jesmond Dene House is the place to visit.
Jesmond Dene House
0191 212 3000