The Afternoon Tea Files: Jesmond Dene House

Afternoon Tea is one of the greatest pleasures in life. There isn’t anything better than settling yourself down in a beautiful location only to know you’re going to be spending a good few hours chatting, nibbling and relaxing. It’s the perfect way to spend a rainy day (or sunny day, or any day really), which is exactly what we did recently at Jesmond Dene House.

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

I’ve been to Jesmond Dene House for afternoon tea a number of times but have never featured it on my blog, I’ve always been too busy chattering on and drinking champagne to even think about breaking the spell and picking my camera up.  So, when JDH contacted me and asked me to review their new Easter themed Afternoon Tea I was thrilled. Armed with my camera and trusty sidekick, Kris we jumped in the car and off to Jesmond we went.

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

I couldn’t believe my eyes when our waiter placed the cake stand in front of us. The cakes were some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, delicate yet vibrant I couldn’t wait to dig in.  Priced at £25pp I honestly think you’d struggle to find such quality patisserie at this price point, they’ve really pulled something special out of the bag here.

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

We, of course, started off with the savoury tier. This consisted of a cheese savoury and a ham, wholegrain mustard and tomato sandwich each. We were then delighted to discover a few cheeky characters lurking amongst the sandwiches, a cheese and butternut squash quiche and a bloody sausage roll! Any afternoon tea that features a sausage roll has instantly won me over. I mean, you can take the lass out of Newcastle and all that…

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Shimmying up a tier, it was scone time. A cheese scone which I slathered in butter, standard. I have to admit, it was pretty damn delicious, once of the best I’ve tasted. Next was a plain scone served with clotted cream and a choice of raspberry or strawberry jam (cream then jam, I’ll fight anyone that says otherwise) then another festive addition, a fresh baked hot crossed bun. Hawt damn, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. May I add, the little nuggets of sugar on top were a revelation. Can all hot crossed buns have these in future? I’ll start a campaign.

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

And now the part we’ve all been waiting for. The pièce de résistance, the cake tier *angelic music plays*. Ahh man, I can’t even to begin to describe how delicious these little babes were.  I was faced with a dilemma, I knew I could only manage two at best relegating the other two to a box for later that evening. In the end I chose to eat the lime and raspberry macaron and the coconut and mango posset while saving the rhubarb crumble tart and chocolate mousse sable for when I got home and changed into my stretchy pants.

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Sadly it just started raining again as we left, scuppering any plans I had of rambling through the beautiful dene but trust me when I say, it’s an incredible place for an afternoon stroll.

As always, Jesmond Dene House have knocked it out of the park, I’ve never had anything less than a wonderful experience whenever I’ve dined with them and this was no exception.  In the infamous words of Arnie, I’ll be back.

Afternoon Tea Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Jesmond Dene House
Jesmond Dene Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
(0191) 212 3000


  1. Bethany Sibley
    March 28, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    That macaroon has me hooked, my mum would adore this afternoon tea place, will tell her about it as I’m sure she’d love to go, thankyou so much ??

  2. New Girl in Toon
    March 28, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    Stunning photographs Katie, absolutely beautiful! Jesmond Dene House do seasonal afternoon teas so well, love the colours of this one, perfect for Easter and how cute is the little hot cross bun?!

  3. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    March 28, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    Oh my goodness now that is a delicious looking afternoon tea. I have to admit I do love a good one and this sounds like it has some real treats included.

  4. Rhian Westbury
    March 29, 2018 / 5:48 am

    This looks like a great afternoon tea, I absolutely love afternoon tea especially the scones x

  5. Sim @ Manchester Mummy
    March 29, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    This post should come with a warning! That Afternoon Tea looks amazing and super pretty, seems such a shame to eat it – what a fabulous sausage roll too 🙂 Sim x

  6. Ali - We Made This Life
    March 29, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    This looks like a gorgeous places, I love how bright the macarons are!

  7. Melanie Williams
    March 29, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    What a lovely afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings. Love those macaroons x

  8. jennifuchs
    March 29, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    I'm with you, I live for afternoon teas too. This one looks absolutely amazing – I love the macarons!

  9. Katy
    March 30, 2018 / 7:07 am

    Oh wow, what a stunning selection – I love all the colours! And I'm so with you, more afternoon teas should feature a sausage roll.

  10. Cardiff Mummy Says
    March 30, 2018 / 7:29 am

    Looks you had a wonderful treat here! I find afternoon tea can be hit and miss in terms of quality – but you have definitely found a good one here! I love that every tier has something special going on and those cakes! Wow!! X

  11. AnnMarie John
    March 30, 2018 / 9:58 am

    Sounds like the perfect place for afternoon tea! I think the snacks that came with it are lovely. It's definitely going to make tea time more enjoyable.

  12. Stephanie Moore
    March 30, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    That is a amazing afternoon tea! Your photography is stunning too

  13. Dannii Martin
    March 30, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    Oh… Those desserts look beautiful! I love how much effort they have put into the presentation of this afternoon tea.

  14. Natalia Thomson
    March 30, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    It almost looks too good to eat… almost!

  15. Mudpie Fridays
    March 30, 2018 / 11:02 pm

    Oh my goodness! Those green macaroons look absolutely gorgeous I really wouldn't want to eat them. The price is amazing and I like how they have sausage rolls too. Definitely one to add to the list I cant remember the last time I went for afternoon tea x

  16. Deborah Nicholas
    March 31, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    oh my gosh! This looks amazing and is just down the road from us too so we will definitely have to pay a visit!

  17. Travel Loving Family
    April 3, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    Oh wow what a treat! I’ve never known a afternoon tea have sausage roll or quiche before but I completely agree with you;) what great additions!

  18. Travel Loving Family
    April 3, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    Oh wow what a treat! I’ve never known a sausage roll or quiche included in an afternoon tea before, what perfect additions;)

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