National Cream Tea Day: Where to enjoy the British tradition in the North East
We hardly need an excuse to enjoy the much-loved British tradition of a cream (or afternoon) tea.
But since Friday, June 25 is National Cream Tea Day, it would be positively rude not to partake in the sweet treat to kick-start the weekend.
So whether you’re jam then cream, or cream then jam, all are invited to dive in with your chosen tea, scone and preserve either from home or at your favourite eatery.
If you’re planning to dine out, where will you be going for yours?
Here are some of your suggestions from our Facebook pages on places to visit across the North East plus a few extras thrown in for good measure.
Check out the peckish picks below, and read on for more information about the day itself:
1911 Coffee Co, Queen Street, Amble
Cake Witchery, Marlborough Street North, South Shields
The Clifton Hotel & Coffee Shop, Ocean Road
Crumb On In, Holmeside, Sunderland
The Drift Cafe, Cresswell
The Galleries Cafe, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool
Gingerbread Coffee House, Market Place, Red Row
Glady's Vintage Tea Room, The Front, Seaton Carew
Hillhead Tearooms & Farm Shop, Lizard Lane, Whitburn
Hive Coffee Company, Church Bank, Jarrow
Lazy Dayz Cafe, Commercial Road, Blyth
Lock Gates, Navigation Point, Hartlepool
Love Lily Tearoom, Pier Point, Roker
The Meadows Coffee Shop, Durham Wildlife Trust, Rainton Meadows, Houghton
Old Stables Tea Room, Alnwick
The Running Fox Bakery, Rothbury Road, Longframlington
The Rolling Pin, Narrowgate, Alnwick
Six Riverside Bar & Restaurant, Baltic, Gateshead
Strawberry Lounge, Narrowgate, Alnwick
Wynyard Hall, Wynyard, Billingham
The yearly celebration is hosted by the Cream Tea Society, founded by Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream and Wilkin and Son Tiptree. It’s now in its seventh year.
To date, the organisers of the event have raised more than £500,000 for charities across the UK through the initiative, encouraging those planning on joining in to make a donation to a cause of their choice – if possible.
In 2021, the society is doing all it can to take cream tea celebrations online so everyone can be included in the fun.