St Mary's Inn, Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea. 

Its one of my major weakness's.

I admit it fully. 

Apart from the fact cake is the major player, there is just something about little or bite sized food I love and I have even been know to order it for myself while my family has a Sunday roast or something. So I am always on the look out for new ones to try and when I heard about Jesmond Dene House -one of my all time favourites see HERE - sister St Marys Inn I was hot on the trail with the mother bear booking a girly treat and it did not disappoint...in fact it is definitely my new favourite just don't tell JDH...

If you haven't heard of St Marys Inn, its probably because its kind of in the middle of nowhere which I LOVE, a perfect little escape.  I have grown up in Northumberland but I did have to google the directions and as I came off at the A1 I still couldn't believe this gem was only 10 minutes up the road nestled in the countryside. It is housed in what used to be the administration building of the hospital located on the site of what was formerly St Mary’s hospital and it is clear just from the smart exterior there has been a £1.5m investment. I took the following off their website but I couldn't have explained St Marys any better.

"There are five dining areas offering good pub food as well as afternoon tea and Sunday lunch and a private room for up to 20 guests. St Mary’s has 11 large and spacious en-suite bedrooms with queen or king beds– including one with disabled access - all located on the first floor. Standard and Deluxe bedrooms from £80-£140 per night on a B&B basis, double occupancy."

We booked to go on Friday afternoon and the first thing I noticed when we walked in was how welcoming and cosy it was. Smart but relaxed decor, roaring fires, dogs and people enjoying a glass of wine kicking off the weekend just right. I instantly wanted to join them and right the afternoon off it is such a nice atmosphere. No time to dwell though we had a serious sugar rush to be getting on with as we were sat at our table to my delight next to one of the wood burning fire.

We immediately ordered two Afternoon Teas, I didn't even have to look at the menu but it was nice to see what we would be getting and randomly both our favourites; a mini Banoffe pie.  The mother bear is Ceoliac so I had rang ahead the week before and 48hrs is normally requested in most restaurant's who do cater for allergy's which I think is fair. Out of curiosity though we had a little natter with our waitress who FYI couldn't have been any nicer or more helpful, I'm really cross I forgot her name but I hope she see this. Anyway she did tell us that there are quite a few gluten free options on the menu or twists to make them gluten free even at short notice which is always great to know, so thumbs up on allergy awareness. 

I'm normally a builders brew type of girl but I decided to go with Earl Grey and what a nice change it made with a twist of lemon....then the trays arrived and I lost all train of thought. As I mentioned with my Mum being Ceoliac we have had some horrors when eating out but St Mary's couldn't have done any better. I literally could tell the different between the two trays. Totally spoilt with four yummy sandwiches, three..yes three scones and four cakes. Everything was truly delicious and with much appreciated constant tea refills we couldn't manage to finish it all but like JDH they thankfully too had take away boxes which the boys loved and on this occasion I did allow them to have the left overs.

Which is which?!

All Gluten Free.

Happy Ceoliac Bunny...

Afternoon Tea is served Monday-Friday 12-5pm and is priced at £14.95pp which I think is very reasonable even more so for the generous amount and outstanding quality.  We absolutely loved it and I could see it being an ideal place to have a girly meet or a relaxed Hen party especially in the private dining room. It is also ideal for me with a lot of family in Northumberland, apart from relaxing pit stop its an ideal meet in the middle too. I loved to smart and stylish decor but relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I cant wait to return maybe for a date night or to try the gorgeous Fish and Chips I saw coming out for another couple... or even better to write the afternoon off by the roaring fire....

The day before we visited, they won 'The Good Hotel Guide Editors Choice 2016 Award' and I am not one bit surprised, very deserving and Congratulations St Marys Inn. 

1 comment:

  1. That looks amazing, I have heard such great things about St Marys Inn, my dad is a fan. I have never actual been for proper afternoon tea before xx