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4 of the best places for afternoon tea in Sunderland

Fancy an afternoon tea for two? Or are you after a tea party worthy of Wonderland? Whatever the occasion, Sunderland has plenty of quali-tea hotspots.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 04.03.2022

Think sandwiches, cakes, scones and patisseries, all washed down with a brew or even a glass of fizz, or two. Here are our top picks for the best afternoon teas in Sunderland that we guarantee will be just your cup of tea.

There’s nothing more refined than having a catch up over Britain’s tastiest of traditions with your nearest and dearest, (or so we think, anyway). And with International Women’s Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate with your favourite ladies?

Karbon Grill Kitchen and Bar, Monkwearmouth

Price: from £23.90 for two

Enjoy a truly scrumptious afternoon treat with the option of unlimited fizz at this contemporary, stylish bar and restaurant in the heart of Sunderland.

Karbon Grill Kitchen and Bar, Sunderland Afternoon Tea

The menu

Tuck into a delicious selection of savouries, including freshly cut finger sandwiches, before moving onto fruit scones served with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, some indulgent mini cakes and a homemade trifle shot. All washed down with your choice of tea, coffee or a glass of Prosecco, or go all out and enjoy bottomless fizz.


Inside Karbon Grill

This contemporary restaurant and bar, oozing sophistication and glamour, serves us Pan-American cuisine. Known for its decadent dining, extensive wine list, incredible cocktails and chilled ambience, this is a perfect place to unwind with the girls. Plus, there’s an option to take away your afternoon tea for celebrations at home.


Hilton Garden Inn

Based within Sunderland’s Hilton Garden Inn, Karbon Grill is close to the Stadium of Light and is just a stone’s throws away from Sunderland City Centre and St Peter’s Metro station. If you want to make a day of it, Port of Sunderland and Roker Beach are within two miles from the restaurant, too.



Let There Be Crumbs, Roker Terrace

Price: from £24.95 for two

 Enjoy a traditional spread of sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea with an optional glass of Prosecco whilst taking in stunning views of Roker Pier.

Let There be Crumbs, Roker Terrace, Afternoon Tea

The menu

Treat yourself to a tasty selection with handcrafted savouries, including sandwiches, wraps and scones with clotted cream. And for you ladies with a sweet tooth, there’s a range of freshly made cakes, including macarons, apple and cinnamon cheesecake and orange chocolate roulade, all washed down with options of refillable Rington’s tea, a glass of fizz and Sunderland’s very own Poetic License Gin.


Inside the tearoom

You can’t get more traditional than having an afternoon tea inside a lovely little tearoom with stunning views of the seafront. Expect an intimate dining experience inside this contemporary but cosy café fitted with chandeliers and exposed brick walls.


The Roker Hotel

Let There Be Crumbs is based inside The Roker Hotel, which is one of the longest-standing hotels in Sunderland. Home to one of the prettiest beer gardens in Sunderland (which has uninterrupted views of Roker Pier), it’s a perfect location to stop off at after a coastal wander.



The Sweet Petite, High Street West

Price: £17 per person

Good things come in small packages and The Sweet Petite certainly live up to their name, as you’ll enjoy your tower of sweet and savoury treats inside this intimate cake shop.

The Sweet Petite Afternoon Tea Sunderland

The menu

Indulge in a selection of scrumptious sandwiches, quiches of the day along with cherry and almond scones, raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake and strawberry and cream éclairs and, of course, a refillable pot of Yorkshire tea.


Inside The Sweet Petite

With just three indoor tables, this venue is an intimate experience in a perfectly Parisian, calm and cosy setting. With beautiful plaster coving, reclaimed vintage chairs and a gold antique cash register, this cake shop’s décor is filled with Victorian traditions mixed with a Parisian chic style. And if the great British weather is on your side, you can sit outside in the outdoor seating area.


Sunderland High Street West

The Sweet Petite is based at the revamped Mackie’s Corner which was home to Sunderland’s first-ever fashion stores in the 1840s. Sweet Petite is right on Sunderland’s High Street – which makes it a perfect stop in which to refuel after some retail therapy.



The Salt House Kitchen, Seaburn

 from £17.95 per person

Served on tiered cake stands and vintage china, The Salt House Kitchen’s High Teas will impress. From Traditional to Cocktail and even a Fish and Chips Tea option to choose from, these are afternoon teas with a difference.

The Salt House Kitchen, Seaburn, Afternoon Tea

The menu

Go traditional with homemade scones, dainty sandwiches and a selection of today’s sweet treats. Or, if you’re wanting an afternoon tea with a classic seaside twist, get the Fish and Chips High Tea, which comes complete with beer-battered fish, hand-cut chunky chips, mushy peas and hand-carved bread and butter with a duo of delicious sweet treats to finish – and the option to swap your tea for cocktails or fizz.


Inside The Salt House Kitchen

This stunning, modern restaurant brings afternoon teas to the 21st century with their unique take on this classic British tradition. With grand décor and sparkling chandeliers, you’ll have a properly indulgent experience while still in a relaxed atmosphere.


Seaburn’s seafront

Nestled in the heart of Seaburn’s beautiful coastline, The Salt House Kitchen offers something a little different to the area, with spectacular views of Whitburn Bay. It’s also home to an outside seating area which is extremely popular with dog walkers and a spectacular spot to relax and watch the world go by.


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