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Afternoon Tea at Close House Hotel in Northumberland

Here’s a review especially for the Northerners… or those willing to travel North, which is hopefully all of you!

In January I ventured to Yorkshire and further into Northumberland. It was a last minute trip, but I knew I’d be back so it seemed worth going to cover as much ground as possible. I managed to get in touch with the team at Close House who very kindly invited me to sample their afternoon tea. With my lovely chauffeurs for the day we accepted to share one serving between the three of us (with extra cups for our tea!).
Close House Hotel Northumberland
The road to Close House, like so many exclusive hotels, winds through the countryside, though it is just a short drive from Newcastle. Close House is attached to a major golf course which Lee Westwood is affiliated and comes to play regularly. That explains the rolling green in every direction. The hotel is a striking mansion amongst this.

It’s hard to believe a little more than 50 years ago this mansion was sold for £19,500. That sale was to Kings College, Newcastle. In 2004 it was sold again to one of the local co-founders of Sage Accounting Software. What else do you buy your wife when you’ve floated a multi-million pound company? It seems only a country house will do. They have spent the last nine years redeveloping the mansion and the golf course into a luxury retreat. The hotel can host great charity events and concerts as well.
In 2012, under their new, but very experienced, hotel manager, Peter Llewellyn, the main restaurant was refurbished and the menu redeveloped. No detail has been left untouched, the dinnerware was designed exclusively for the hotel by Heritage Silverware, as were the silver tea jugs and other silverware, which all bear the Close House Hotel crest.

Close House Dining RoomClouse House Silver JugClose House AfternoonTea
If the afternoon tea is anything to go by then it would be quite a place to enjoy dinner or lunch. It's an imposing dining room, but one that is still very welcoming, two ladies were enjoying lunch with their babies in prams by the table when we arrived. On the food, one of my lovely companions, who has spent years teaching secondary students how to bake, described the scones as “second to none”. There were no disappointing items within the afternoon tea and the rhubarb custard pannacotta was wonderful, the lemon macaron was one of the best I've tried and the delice was divine.
Close House pouring teaClose House Afternoon Tea desserts
Throughout the year Close House also offer themed afternoon teas, such as the Chocolate Afternoon Tea during Chocolate Week in October and special menus for Valentine’s and Christmas.  Reason to return again and again!
The Traditional Afternoon Tea is priced at £17.50 and the Champagne Afternoon Tea is £24.50.  Great Cake Places were guests of the hotel.

Posted: 28/03/2013 09:38:25

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