I was recently invited to St Mary's Inn to try out their afternoon tea and with it being so close to fathers day I decided to take my dad along with me. Every year my dad goes to Le Man's in France in June so I never actually see him on Fathers day, so I thought a catch up over afternoon tea would be a lovely way to spend some time with him. Of course my teen decided to invite herself along too as soon as she realised their would be cake involved.
St Mary's Inn is a pub and B&B located in Stannington near Morpeth, just past Whitehouse farm and is the sister venue of beautiful Jesmond Dene house. I have seen so many people post photos on Instagram of the delicious meals and afternoon tea that St Mary's Inn serve, so I was really looking forward to my visit.
We arrived and were impressed with just how welcoming the bar area was, it was very relaxed and informal with a laid back country vibe to the grand former hospital building. St Mary's Inn is dog and child friendly and we noticed lots of dogs enjoying being out with their owners and there was also lots of children enjoying meals with their families, it would be the ideal place to bring my little two next time we go out for a meal.
We were shown to are seat and drink orders were taking which arrived promptly by the friendly staff. I opted for a English breakfast tea, my dad had a coffee and my teen Chloe had a bottle of coke. It was so nice to just relax and talk to my dad without constant interruptions from my two toddlers and take in the quirky prints on the walls.
It was not long before the afternoon tea's arrived and we were all impressed with just how lovely it all looked. The afternoon tea consisted of four different sandwiches, three freshly made scones and four cakes. Everything was freshly made, beautifully presented and most importantly of all delicious!
We started off with the sandwiches which were Arlington Egg Mayonnaise, Ham and Pease Pudding, Roast Beef and Horseradish and Tuna Mayonnaise. The Egg mayonnaise were my favourite and I ate two as they were so yummy. My teen demolished all of the tuna as they are her favourite and my dad thoroughly enjoyed the beef and horseradish and ham and pease pudding. All the sandwiches were on lovely soft breads and had lots of fillings.
Next up we moved on to the scones which were the perfect size to enjoy with an afternoon tea. We had three scones each which were plain, spiced fruit & blackberry and Keens Cheddar cheese flavours. I had a plain and spiced fruit & blackberry smothered in clotted cream and homemade jam and they were extremely delicious. My dad on the other hand loved the keens cheddar ones smothered in butter, so much that he ate all three and declared them to be the best he has ever tasted!
Then it was on to the star of the show, the cakes! Each one was a little mini work of art as they all looked so beautiful and almost too good to eat. The rhubarb sundae was utterly scrummy the fresh sharp tang of the rhubarb worked so well with the creamy sundae and crunchy biscuit topping. We also had a chocolate & orange macaroon, extremely chocolaty brownie and a delicious little lemon sponge with cream cheese frosting.
We were so full from all of the delicious food that we could not finish all of the cakes, luckily the staff at St Mary's boxed them up for us to take home. We really enjoyed afternoon tea and I think that it is fantastic value at just £14.95 per person.
We also had a look at the menu whilst we were there and that too seemed fantastic value with some delicious sounding dishes on it. I will certainly be returning to St Mary's Inn in the near future, I really do recommend it and if you are stuck on what to do with your dad this fathers day then I am sure he will love a visit to St Mary's Inn just as much as mine did.
Disclosure We were invited to enjoy complimentary afternoon tea at St Mary's Inn for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.