National Cream Tea Day: Where to enjoy the British tradition in the North East

We hardly need an excuse to enjoy the much-loved British tradition of a cream (or afternoon) tea.
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But since Friday, June 25 is National Cream Tea Day, it would be positively rude not to partake in the sweet treat to kick-start the weekend.

So whether you’re jam then cream, or cream then jam, all are invited to dive in with your chosen tea, scone and preserve either from home or at your favourite eatery.

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If you’re planning to dine out, where will you be going for yours?

Here are some of your suggestions from our Facebook pages on places to visit across the North East plus a few extras thrown in for good measure.

Check out the peckish picks below, and read on for more information about the day itself:

1911 Coffee Co, Queen Street, Amble

Cake Witchery, Marlborough Street North, South Shields

Will you be marking National Cream Tea Day on Friday, June 25?Will you be marking National Cream Tea Day on Friday, June 25?
Will you be marking National Cream Tea Day on Friday, June 25?

The Clifton Hotel & Coffee Shop, Ocean Road

Crumb On In, Holmeside, Sunderland

The Drift Cafe, Cresswell

The Galleries Cafe, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool

Gingerbread Coffee House, Market Place, Red Row

Glady's Vintage Tea Room, The Front, Seaton Carew

Hillhead Tearooms & Farm Shop, Lizard Lane, Whitburn

Hive Coffee Company, Church Bank, Jarrow

Lazy Dayz Cafe, Commercial Road, Blyth

Lock Gates, Navigation Point, Hartlepool

Love Lily Tearoom, Pier Point, Roker

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The Meadows Coffee Shop, Durham Wildlife Trust, Rainton Meadows, Houghton

Old Stables Tea Room, Alnwick

The Running Fox Bakery, Rothbury Road, Longframlington

The Rolling Pin, Narrowgate, Alnwick

Six Riverside Bar & Restaurant, Baltic, Gateshead

Strawberry Lounge, Narrowgate, Alnwick

Wynyard Hall, Wynyard, Billingham

The yearly celebration is hosted by the Cream Tea Society, founded by Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream and Wilkin and Son Tiptree. It’s now in its seventh year.

To date, the organisers of the event have raised more than £500,000 for charities across the UK through the initiative, encouraging those planning on joining in to make a donation to a cause of their choice – if possible.

In 2021, the society is doing all it can to take cream tea celebrations online so everyone can be included in the fun.

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