Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Afternoon Tea At St Mary's Inn Morpeth

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. 

Afternoon tea for two at St Mary's Inn Morpeth Northumberland

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. 

Teacup Of English breakfast tea at St Mary's Inn Morpeth

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. 

Cakes from the afternoon tea at St Mary's Inn Morpeth Northumberland

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! 

Scones from the afternoon tea for two at St Mary's Inn Morpeth Northumberland

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.

Arlington Egg Mayonnaise sandwich St Mary's Inn Afternoon tea Northumberland

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!

Scones at St Mary's Inn Morpeth Northumberland

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. 

afternoon tea St Mary's Inn Morpeth Northumberland

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. 

Rhubarb sundae afternoon tea St Mary's Inn Northumberland

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. 

38 comments:

  1. AH I just love St Mary's Inn - the scones are simply the best! Perfect for a treat x

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    1. It is so lovely, it was the first time I had been and I loved it - so cosy and welcoming xx

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  2. Aww! What a lovely treat for you, your girl and dad!
    It sounds like you had a lovely time. All the food looks amazing especially those cakes. How nice that they boxed them up for you x

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    1. It really was such a treat Kim, you really should visit sometime as it is not too far from you xx

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  3. I've never been to St Mary's Inn but that does look just like JDH's afternoon tea but cheaper which means it must be a treat! JDH is my fave afternoon tea in Newcastle. Nothing like a break from your little tots over afternoon tea. Pleased you had a nice time.

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    1. I have heard people say that it is the same as JDH afternoon tea, I have never visited for afternoon tea but I really must as I adored it when we recently visited. You really should visit St Mary's it is so child friendly and relaxing xx

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  4. Oh wow that looks amazing and such good value! I love a good afternoon tea :) xxx

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    1. It really was amazing, amazing value too xx

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  5. The cakes look delicious, I can imagine how moist and gooey that chocolate brownie (?) must have been. That's also a lot of food for only £14.95

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    1. the cakes really were delicious, they were like little works of art. The brownie was very rich and such a treat x

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  6. This looks lovely. I have never been to St Marys Inn but have been looking for somewhere for afternoon tea so may well give this a try.

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    1. It really was lovely Alison, you really should visit it is such a lovely place to visit. Great value too xx

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  7. What a lovely tea! Those cakes look absolutely gorgeous :)

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    1. The cakes really were gorgeous, I loved the sundae the most xx

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  8. Oh I do love the look of that! Nothing like a lovely afternoon tea spent with your loved ones or even close friends. x

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    1. You are so right you can not beat an relaxing afternoon with loved ones xx

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  9. Ive never been here yet but those cakes are winking at me!! Everything looks so lovely and nice to hear its child friendly too. I think we will have to have a visit soon 😊

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    1. You really will have to visit Amanda it was delicious and Freya would love it too. It is right near Whitehouse farm so not too far away either xx

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  10. That's lovely taking your Dad, I've never even thought about inviting males in my family as I automatically just thinking of girls going out for the afternoon! Everything looks beautifully presented, I think the cheese scones would be my favourite too.

    I've heard lots of good reviews about St Mary's but haven't got around to trying it myself yet. Glad you had a nice afternoon!

    Ami x
    www.cranberryandapricot.com

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    1. Everything really was so beautifully presented and tasted as good as it looked. I thought taking my dad would be a nice way to spend time with him & he also let us eat his cakes. St Mary's really is a great place to visit, you really should visit sometime it is so lovely xx

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  11. If only I lived nearer because I think that is really great value and so cheap for what they gave you. Those cakes look so good!

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    1. It really is such great value, everything was fresh and delicious. The cakes were amazing xx

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  12. Oh anyone who invites me in for afternoon tea is a friend for life, I absolutely love it x

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    1. Me to it is such a lovely treat isn't it xx

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  13. I have never had afternoon tea before and this looks amazing value

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    1. Oh you really should go sometime Kara it is such a lovely treat xx

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  14. I love a good afternoon tea this looks amazing xxx

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    1. It really was amazing, I want to revisit xx

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  15. Afternoon tea is one of my favourite treats. This looks like a particularly good one. Wish I lived a little closer to you

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    1. You will have to visit the North East sometime on an adventure with your family. xx

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  16. Afternoon tea is pretty much my favourite lunch/foody treat and this one sounds delicious! I love the slightly more modern presentation too, a bit different from the usual cake stands. Glad you enjoyed it xx

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    1. It is such a lovely treat isn't it ? The presentation was lovely xx

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  17. Wow that looks so delicious and I love how they have styled it too and what great value, the macarons look so good xx

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    1. It really was so delicious and really great value xx

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  18. Oh my goodness - that is the nicest afternoon tea I've ever seen. Such lovely presentation.

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    1. It really was so lovely presented, it tasted so lovely too. The nicest one I have had xx

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  19. That is an afternoon tea and a half that would see you through to breakfast the next day! Looks amazingly good.

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    1. It really was amazingly good, I will certainly be returning. We could not eat it all and ended up bringing most of the cakes home with us xx

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