REVIEW: The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, Newcastle

The Biscuit Factory
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AFTERNOON teas are so de rigueur at the moment that they can all merge into one.

But when it comes to standing head and shoulders above the rest, this version really takes the biscuit.

Afternoon tea at Biscuit Factory

Afternoon tea at Biscuit Factory

Like the intriguing art works on the walls of this former Victorian warehouse-turned gallery, the chefs have thought outside the box when it comes to dishing up this British classic.

Akin to painters, they’ve drawn from a rich palette to create culinary works that wowed our palates.

After a brief walk through the gallery - where we vowed to return for a closer inspection once we’d sated our appetites - we took our seats in The Factory Kitchen Cafe.

It offers panoramic views of the Ouseburn Valley area of the city. Once heavily industrialised, it’s now a hub of cultural activity, from live music to arts.

The Biscuit Factory gallery, so called because of the building’s former guise, is testament to this. The imposing beams and metal work laid down in its past have become a canvas for contemporary art.

It’s fitting, therefore, that this creativity should extend to the food.

Forget sandwiches and soggy scones, this afternoon tea (priced from £18 -£23) has a savoury offering unlike others in the market. We didn’t know where to start as we cast our eyes over choux pastry filled with chicken in a mustard and tarragon sauce; pork and apple sausage roll; smoked salmon rillet and a pea, feta, broad bean and mint tart.

The rillet was a particular treat: a mini glass jar filled with a creamy pâté-like blend of smooth salmon and dill.

Sweet treats come in the form of mini masterpieces: summer fruit tart with Chantilly cream, chocolate financier with chocolate ganache, lemon posset topped with raspberries and fruit frangipane.

My favourite? The fancy sounding financier. This French cake was decadently rich and topped with the most perfect of cream swirls.

I had to take a breather inbetween cakes, but there’s a good range of fruity cocktails and mocktails to help you take your time over your tea, ranging from the classic mojito to the strawberry basil soda.

Afternoon tea at The Biscuit Factory - you’d be crackers to miss it.