Cleveland Tontine Afternoon Tea

Another Afternoon Tea? Why not!

For Valentines Day, we revisited Cleveland Tontine - where else to celebrate with an Afternoon Tea. You just can't beat it. Perfect home baked scones, the delicious passion fruit curd, excellent cakes and pastries and sandwiches that aren't just the poor relation to the rest of the cake stand. Everything about this Afternoon Tea screams tradition, with a modern twist of mixing up the flavours. It can actually be claimed as the best Afternoon Tea in the North East as it can tick every box you require. My only hope is that one day they start selling the passion fruit curd - it is delicious, and would love to be able to bring some home for toast. *fingers crossed*

Here's more about our first visit:

On a glorious October Saturday, we made the drive down to the Cleveland Tontine to meet up with friends for Afternoon Tea. We picked the Tontine not only for the location, but after hearing so many great things from Raymond Blanc - a Tontine regular and don of pastry.

Photo courtesy of Cleveland Tontine
The actual hotel is quirky, well designed and inviting. Recently refurbished, the decor is a mix of contemporary and traditional. The Afternoon Tea is held in the conservatory, a quaint little area filled with parasols and lounge seating at clothed tables. I loved the parasols - so much so I've measured up for when we get a conservatory.

Service is slick, friendly and efficient. The staff were quite happy allowing us sit for hours (5 hours in fact) enjoying our afternoon of catching up. This was quite refreshing - there's nothing worse than feeling rushed or limited to time.

The Afternoon Tea itself was in the high leagues - absolutely superb. The sandwiches were a good size with excellent fillings. I named the scones the best on an Afternoon Tea that I've ever had; perfectly baked and a good size. The surprising addition of the passion fruit curd was very much welcomed.

I would have loved to have had the quiche that sits on the menu, but alas, wasn't available that day - not sure why. There was a good range of tea available, however typical for me I ordered English Breakfast. The cakes certainly didn't last long - a great example of what a cake tier should be on an Afternoon Tea.

If I had to criticise, I would have maybe served the Afternoon Tea for 4 on two cake stands. Everything seemed a little crowded and awkward. That may be me being pedantic, however it's as much about the presentation as the taste.

It certainly won't be the last time I'll visit, hopefully for a stay over next time! For more information on events and offers at the Cleveland Afternoon Tea, visit the website here.

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