Afternoon Tea at Marks and Spencer

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Afternoon tea is a British Institution much like Marks and Sparks. My wife and I often go to M&S at Metro Center for a tasty afternoon tea when out shopping and the good thing is that it is often on promotion!

It comes with a choice of sandwiches (we usually pick egg or blt), a pair of scones (Devon, cheese or fruit), more than enough proper clotted cream, a little jar of strawberry jam, and occasionally a strawberry tart. The food is presented on a three tier stand which is atypical of afternoon tea.  
 
The scones and sandwiches are rather good and the tea, M&S’s own Gold Blend, is nice, strong and malty, and goes well with the sandwiches and scones. 
 
I like M&S’s cafés – they are clean and bright with friendly and cheerful staff. It is always good quality and value for money too.

Pet Lamb Patisserie

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Tucked away in Newcastle’s Grainger Market; the Pet Lamb Patisserie claims to keep ‘your sweet tooth satisfied’. Well I can confirm that there is no false advertising there!

The girls bake fresh cakes, brownies and cupcakes every day and their little shop always smells delightful from the next batch baking in the oven.

Earlier in the week; I purchased a pair of Nutella brownies for the Mrs and I. We enjoyed our little treat with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a steaming mug of my favorite brew and found that our sweet tooth was well and truly satisfied.

I think I will be down of Friday to discover what Valentines treats they have!

Find out more from their website: petlambpatisserie.com

Scrumpy Willow & the Singing Kettle

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Nestled amongst the charity and discount shops of Clayton Street in Newcastle, the Scrumpy Willow is small establishment with a menu that includes range of good food including vegan and vegetarian dishes.

It is rare to find such a haven away from the bustling streets. Chocked full of period features, the cafe spans two floors and has artwork from students at Newcastle University on the walls. Upstairs, you can watch the world go by through the large ceiling height windows.

Today; I had fair-trade tea, a cheese scone and spiced chocolate cake.

I enjoyed my brief visit to the Scrumpy Willow. The food was good and reasonably priced. The staff were pleasant and provided good service.

Find out more about the Scrumpy Willow and their regular events calendar at their website; scrumpywillow.com.

Ringtons Northumbrian Blend

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Brewed to a mahogany colour, the Ringtons Northumbrian Blend is a strong tea with a deep malty flavour. This is an ideal breakfast brew and will be perfect with a full English, although I enjoy it anytime of the day.

It is also ideal with pancakes! It is now tradition that I make a large pot of this hearty tea to enjoy while I am busy making pancakes for the family.

TeaShed Breakfast Christmas Gift Box

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As a Christmas gift to me; I purchased the TeaShed Breakfast Christmas gift box at the Kirkley Hall Christmas Fair.

For a fiver, I got a Teashed styled box containing bags of whole leaf black tea with Original Crunchy Cornish Fairings.

As usual; I brewed the tea for 3-4 minutes, without milk or sugar.

The tea was quite enjoyable – it was of medium strength and refreshing. The biscuits are the perfect accompaniment for the tea and I must say that they were delectable – very crunchy with a hint of mixed spice and ginger. I think they were the nicest ginger biscuits I have had in a long time!

Find out more at the TeaShed website.

The Whistler Tea Rooms

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I went for lunch today at the The Whistler Tea Rooms in Newcastle located on Vine Lane just off Northumberland Street.

The team room is styled like many an English tea room and is situated on the top floor of the building. The view from the window at the front of the building is of the Haymaket Hub building which forms part of the Metro station, the striking angel atop the South African War Memorial and the bustling Northumberland Streets below.

I took my seat and found cosy surroundings with vintage pictures and item adorning the walls. Pleasant staff provide table service with a smile and were very efficient at taking my order and bringing my food and tea.

The menu is well appointed with sarnies, light bites such as scones and cakes, and jacket spuds. The range of tea includes Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Lapsang souchong, green tea and Earl and Lady Greys.  I ordered a warm cheese scone, a slice of Victoria sponge cake a pot of Ceylon tea. All was very nice and I especially enjoyed the cake.

My trip to the Whistler Tea Rooms helped brighten up an otherwise dull and damp November day.

Tazo Breakfast Tea at Go Eat

While on my daily lunch time wander around Newcastle, I happened upon Go Eat at Northumbria Univerity, and I decided to see what they had to offer for a brew.

Inside; the cafe was well stocked with a substantial range of sandwiches, hot food, snacks and drinks.

I selected a cheese scone, cranberry and yogurt tiffin and a black tea. This came in at under £4, which is not too bad, although it was ‘no frills’ take out style establishment. Anyhow, I was handed a paper cup of boiling water and directed to a display with a selection of teas by Tazo. I selected my usual breakfast tea and took a seat.

I tore open the satchet and smelled the delicate floral fragrance of Darjeeling tea. I added the bag to the water and let it brew for a few minutes while I took in the surroundings. The cafe was frequented by Univerity teachers and students and is quite modern and clean. The ambience  was quiet with the murmur of conversation in the background.

When the brewing was done, I tasted the tea – the Darjeeling was the dominant flavour which was quite unexpected, and the usual malty notes of a breakfast tea not so strong. The scone and tiffin were rather tasty and filling.

To sumerise: Go Eat is worth a visit and is good value for money, and Tazo’s breakfast tea is a very good brew.