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