Hope you've been well! I've had a hiatus due to an epic holiday (all to come on the blog) but I thought I'd take a break from fashion with today's post and talk about afternoon tea at Jesmond Dene House, a place I've been dying to visit forever.
Jesmond Dene House is situated in beautiful Jesmond Dene, up here in the good old North East of England, and is an independently owned four star boutique hotel. Pulling up into the car park you are greeted with the prettiest garden, gorgeous flowers and an air of real sophistication. I couldn't wait to see inside, but as we were early for our afternoon tea, we decided to explore Jesmond Dene first to work up an appetite for cake.
Jesmond Dene itself is huuuuge and one of the prettiest places I think I've ever visited. An old mill, a beautiful waterfall, lots to do for the kids and even a petting zoo I imagine it's fun for all of the family. We loved exploring it and it's so picturesque I couldn't help but take tonnes of photos! I think the waterfall was my favourite place and reminded me so much of a hidden gem in a secret garden.
After walking around for a while we were certainly ready for some food! At Jesmond Dene House afternoon tea is served in a number of rooms and we requested the Garden room so we could enjoy more of the lovely view.
Our waiter came and took our tea order, Rington's Decaffeinated for those that are interested and we waited impatiently for the grand arrival of the cake stand. Luckily we didn't have to wait long and it was definitely worth it!
Starting at the bottom, the sandwiches were Smoked Salmon & Chive Crème Fraîche, Chicken with Lemon & Coriander Mayonnaise, Goats Curd with Rocket & Fig Chutney and Roast Ham with Piccalilli cut into beautiful fingers. I have to say although the smoked salmon and chicken sandwiches were delicious, we didn't really enjoy the others but that was more to do with personal taste than there being anything wrong with them. The other layers of the stand more than made up for it though!
The scones were diddy; a plain, a fruit and a cheese and all were equally delicious! They were warm, freshly cooked and melted in my mouth. They were also really light, ensuring we had more than enough room for the best layer...the cakes!
Starting with the glass in the middle, this was a raspberry and lemon balm trifle and was absolutely delicious. Light, creamy and super refreshing, I could have eaten it over and over again! Next on the list we chose the giant macaron, a beautiful concoction of peach and white chocolate. More like a giant meringue in texture, it was messy to eat but absolutely taste-tactic! Next we chose the lemon sponge with vanilla frosting; I love lemon cake and this one didn't disappoint, it was simple yet effective and really yummy. We left the chocolate and cherry trifle until last which reminded me of black forest gateau mixed with chocolate ganache...unbelievable!
Apart from my luxurious afternoon tea at the Berkeley (here) I think this may have topped the afternoon tea list, knocking the Vermont (here) into third place! I was so impressed with everything we received and the service was exceptional too! I'll definitely want to visit again at some point...it was truly amazing!
My bestie loved it too!
The face of a happy girl who's just been given cake!!!
Afternoon Tea at Jesmond Dene House starts at £20 and booking is advised. You can find out more here.