Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Afternoon Tea at The Oak Cafe

Hello lovelies!

You know when you feel like all you do is work and have no time for play?  Well that is how my VBF and I were feeling just recently, so as a treat I decided to book us a lovely little afternoon tea at the Oak Cafe in Newcastle after seeing a deal for it on Living Social.  The Oak cafe is part of Barker and Stonehouse near Leazes Park and is the quaintest little place surrounded by bedroom furniture on the first floor of the store.  It seems strange eating cake with beds randomly hanging out in the background, but at least there's comfort nearby should you fall into a cake coma!!

Not really knowing what to expect from the afternoon tea, we headed to the store early to have a browse before eating.  There are some amazing pieces of furniture at Barker and Stonehouse and I know now that if I ever am fortunate enough to own a mansion I'll definitely be heading there to deck it out!  Not knowing whereabouts the Cafe would be, we followed the smell of cake and located it in its little corner.  The Oak Cafe definitely meets expectation; there is exposed wood everywhere, from the walls to the beautiful floor.  Quirky light fittings and hangings give it that feel of loft apartment chic and all of the furnishings can be purchased in the store.  The cafe is light and airy with big windows giving a great view of the street below making it perfect for people watching.

Once we were seated at our table, our tea was soon with us and I was pleased to see that it was Ringtons; I love a good cup of Ringtons tea!  It was accompanied with the cutest little flowered milk jug I've ever seen and rounded off with a tasty shortbread star biscuit...delicious.  Then the moment we'd been waiting for, the arrival of the cake stand...

I couldn't believe how good everything looked!  The sandwiches were tuna, egg and ham and all beautifully dressed and there was an added touch of a taste bud tingling mini quiche; something I've never had before on an afternoon tea but it definitely worked!  The fruit scones were warm and served with clotted cream and jam and the cake layer was my favourite of any afternoon tea I've ever had!  There was a mini sticky-toffee pudding each, red velvet cake, mini caramel shortbread and more of the shortbread stars.  I love homely cakes and these were the right balance of homely without being too large, yet still feeling like we were getting something a bit different to a traditional afternoon tea.

We took our time to really enjoy and savour each layer, then had a good rest afterwards too!  There was a lot of food to get through but somehow we managed it!  We didn't feel rushed by the staff and the cafe is so cosy, we could've stayed there all afternoon (in fact we almost did!).

I paid £15 for afternoon tea for two on Living Social which was half the original price and it was so worth the money.  I'd definitely be tempted to go back and have another and I wouldn't think twice about paying the full amount next time.  Regular readers of my blog will know that I am no stranger to afternoon tea and I honestly think the Oak Cafe's is one of the best I've ever had, putting it currently joint first with the Vermont.

Thanks to the Oak Cafe for making out afternoon of chilling out so amazing! We definitely needed it!



  1. So glad you loved the Oak :) It's such a good find! I haven't had tried the afternoon tea yet but it looks really good so I'd best add it to my list!

    Chloe x

    1. Yep! It's definitely one of the best I've ever had!


  2. I've never been up to Oak before but it's been on my radar for ages. I must try this place out asap!

    Katie xoxo

  3. Looks very nice :)


  4. So bizarre how it's surrounded by beds and drawers but it looks lovely! I'm hoping to study in Newcastle this year so i might have to nip along and see what the fuss is about :-)
    love jen | Jennifer's Journal x


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