Rustic Afternoon Tea at St Mary’s Inn

Kirbie Bestford tries out the new afternoon tea offering at St Mary’s Inn

Picturesque country roads lead you to St Mary’s Inn, located in the outskirts of Morpeth. On approach you are met with a traditional building, with red brick and stone finishes.

Upon entering we were greeted by friendly staff, and shown to our seat in a cosy, quiet corner, overlooking the fireplace with light streaming through a glass window.

The table was laid out on our arrival, complete with an afternoon tea menu. This was great, as we both got to choose what we would like from the menu, something I haven’t experienced with many afternoon teas as they are normally pre-set.

There was only two of us having afternoon tea, however our server explained they can cater the afternoon teas for large groups as well, a brilliant idea for birthdays or even if you’re opting for a quiet bridal shower – as you can add a glass of fizz for an extra £5.

The English breakfast tea arrived in a wonderful, colourful tea cosy, which our server told us her relative had hand knitted for the afternoon teas, which I thought this was a lovely personal touch which really reflected the homely experience.

There was a wide selection of sandwiches to choose from, either on white Northumbrian stottie or brown bloomer, with fillings including: ham and peas pudding with mustard and gem lettuce, smoked salmon with pickled cucumber, rocket and cream cheese, cheese savoury and gem lettuce or avocado with pickled red onion, tomato and rocket.

For a choice of savoury there was warm mince and onion pie or warm cheese and onion quiche. From the scones you could choose either warm cheese scone served with butter or warm fruit scone served with clotted cream and jam.

And finally for a sweet treat you could choose from carrot cake with cream cheese icing or warm chocolate brownie with Chantilly cream.

With so many appetising choices it was hard to make a decision! However we opted for the ham and peas pudding with mustard and gem lettuce, as well as the smoked salmon with pickled cucumber and rocket – both on white Northumbrian stotties. We both choose the warm mince and onion pie, whilst we ordered one of each of the scones and then two warm chocolate brownies with Chantilly cream.

It arrived to our table, beautifully presented on a double layered, wooden board. Even on first glance the food has your mouth-watering, with the aroma from the mince pies and gooeyness of the brownies, we couldn’t wait to tuck in.

The sandwiches had filling oozing out and were freshly prepared and full of flavour. The mince pies had a flavoursome thick crust with the ideal amount of warm filling. The scones were full of seasoning, crunchy on the outside, but warm and fluffy on the inside – the perfect combination. Delightfully accompanied with thick clotted cream and fresh strawberry jam. And last but not least, the brownie – a crisp top with a gooey chocolate inside that melted in the mouth, this was definitely my favourite!

If you’re looking for an afternoon tea to leave you feeling indulged St Mary’s Inn is the one for you. They have plenty outdoor seating and dog friendly areas, so why not get booked in for a summer afternoon tea in the sun?

The Rustic Afternoon Tea is available Monday – Saturday, 12 – 4pm and is £15pp, for more information visit www.stmarysinn.co.uk/afternoon-tea.

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