The moment we arrived we were greeted by the polite, professional waiting staff who took our coats and showed us through to the lounge where we could wait for our table. Here we could sip our coffees and take in what is arguably the best view of the whole place – up the Quayside towards the Sage and the Tyne Bridge. The weather was typically Geordie, with the wind blustering outside, but it felt cosy and tranquil inside our glass box, despite the fact that we were 140 feet up.
It tastes as good as it looks
When we were taken to our table, the waiter took us through everything that was on the menu for the day as well as promptly serving us with water and taking our drinks orders. There were three different types of afternoon tea on offer: standard, champagne, and cocktail. Obviously, we decided to sample all three (again, in the name of good research, we are consummate professionals).
The seemingly psychic staff served everything exactly as and when we wanted it and when the main event arrived it was exquisitely presented. Macarons, scones, sandwiches with the crusts cut off – the whole shebang. Just as we were polishing off our champagne and tucking in to the dainty sandwiches (pinkies out, naturally) the cocktails arrived. We had asked for their three top recommendations and it certainly paid off. First, there was the Fallen Angel – one of their most popular – containing strawberries, Licor 43 and topped with Prosecco. Then, the Bramble made with Miller’s gin, garnished with blackberries and topped with ice. Third was the Espresso Martini – always a favourite, but made with vanilla vodka to give it a sweeter twist. Finally, we were served our Earl Grey tea with slices of lemon, which we sipped whilst feeling terribly refined and demure.
As the wind picked up and the rain began pattering against the glass, we prepared to leave. Our coats were seamlessly handed to us as we stepped in to the lifts that run down the outside of the building, allowing one last glimpse of the incredible view. One that you can also experience with our SIX afternoon tea activity. Heaven.
Egg mayonnaise, ham and wholegrain mustard, cheese savoury and smoked salmon and dill crème fraiche sandwiches
Raisin scones with jam and clotted cream
Apple and vanilla macarons, red velvet cake, three-layered brownies, coconut and calamansi panna cotta
Fallen Angel, Bramble, Espresso Martini, Earl Grey tea with lemon
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