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11 Mar, 2015

I’m having a bit of a love affair with Northumberland at the moment! What with moving out into rural Northumberland, our Northumberland Castles Challenge with English Heritage, and Robson waxing lyrical in the wonderful Tales from Northumberland, I’m feeling pretty smitten with this gorgeous county. And now I’ve found a macaroon that is going to make you not only want to visit but to move here. Sorry to break it to you like that. Prepare yourself for the visual treat that is Afternoon Tea at St Mary’s Inn

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn, Morpeth, Northumberland

Afternoon Tea at St Mary’s Inn, Morpeth

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn, Morpeth, Northumberland

My best friend Alex was visiting last week as a goodbye before she leaves the UK for a new, fabulous job in Japan. When St Mary’s Inn invited me to review their afternoon tea, I just had to take my bestie for a final fling before she goes and leaves me!! *sobs*

Now, you may remember Mike and I went for a date night to St Mary’s Inn in December and had a wonderful time, so I knew we were in for a treat. I just didn’t realise how much of a treat!

We were seated in yet another room in St Mary’s Inn’s labyrinth of loveliness and again I was taken by the simple place settings and the wood burners in each cul de sac. It’s somehow grand but cosy all at the same time.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn, Morpeth, Northumberland

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn, Morpeth, Northumberland

Once I’d finished annoying the other punters by taking a bunch of photos we sat down to enjoy a coffee and pursued the menu whilst we waited for our afternoon tea to arrive.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn, Morpeth, Northumberland

And then it did. In all it’s beautiful glory… The St Mary’s Inn Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

1. The savoury stuff

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

(i) Sandwiches

Once I’d messed around taking loads of photos from every possible angle, we were finally able to tuck in. We started with the sandwiches, obvs, which were salt beef and mustard, cheese and pickle, prawn marie rose and egg and cress. The egg and cress won for me, it was so delicious!

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

(ii) Cheese Scone

Then we moved on to the little balls of wonder, also known as the cheese scone. They were perfection, the only downer was that the butter was unsalted. As a buyer of organic unsalted butter, there’s nothing like the real deal when you go out for a treat!

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

2. The Sweet Stuff

Then we were ready to tackle the cakes! Wow, they looked beautiful. Each one a mini piece of perfect art.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

We started our sweet journey with a taste of the chocolate brownie, being careful not to eat too much as it was really rich and there were still 3 more cakes and some fruit scones left to taste! It was, as the picture suggests, melt-in-the-mouth amazing.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

But the star of the show has to be this baby.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

The lime and white chocolate macaroon.

I’ve never seen the attraction of macaroons before now but this one cake, sent directly from heaven, has changed that forever. A crunchy outer shell that reveals a perfectly gooey and chocolately middle. This is the macaroon that all other macaroons, nay, all other cakes will have to stack up against. I was going to elaborate and imagine a world where we all lived in Northumberland eating these macaroons and castle hunting…but that’s going a bit too far, so I’ll leave it there!

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

The rhubarb pavlova was also divine. The rhubarb was perfectly tart and crunchy, while the cream was just…uuuuuum. I really liked this too!

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

Then finally we had the apple tart, which was very sweet! Sounds crazy after all those other cakes, but the combination of the super buttery crust and sweet, sweet icing pushed us up to our sweetie limit!

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

We were then ready for our closeups.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

Now you’re just being silly – it was the apple tart that did it!

We finished off, the way all good afternoon teas should, with a fruit scone complete with homemade raspberry jam and clotted cream. We might be a long way from Devon but this was still a mean and perfect finish to our afternoon tea.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

So there you have it – this is what you can expect from an Afternoon Tea at St Mary’s Inn!

What was the thing that had you drooling the most from this afternoon tea?! Are you considering moving to Northumberland now?

Of course you are! I’d love to hear your comments xx

I’m linking up with the lovely Michelle over at Bod for Tea and her wonderful linky Share the Joy!

18 Jul, 2013

A little while ago Jesmond Dene House invited us to go for afternoon tea. Now, the last time Reuben and I went for afternoon tea, we went with 4 other mums and babies to a hotel in Whitley Bay, and it was touted by all as an unmitigated disaster! It was too hot, it took way too long for our food to arrive, the babies hated it and I managed to smack Reuben’s head off a table as he struggled to be free. All in all, I decided afternoon tea was good for mum, bad for baby!

When I think of Jesmond Dene House, I think decadent luxury, long lazy afternoons sipping champagne or pimms, and happy, quiet customers. In short, a baby no go zone. However, I have also heard how amazing the afternoon teas are at Jesmond Dene House are so I wasn’t going to let Reuben stand in the way (I was also assured by Nicky at JDH that Reuben was more than welcome!). So my lovely friend Kari, her daughter Ailis (pronounced ay-lish, the Irish name for Alice – you’ll see why that’s appropriate information later!), Reuben and I set a date for 17th July. The next question was what to wear.

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