Afternoon Tea At Spanish City, Whitley Bay | Do Eat See Sleep Series

Spanish _City _Whitley _Bay _Afternoon _Tea

I meant to write about this just after Christmas but because of the extent of how long the lurgy lasted in our house last month it’s a bit behind schedule. Telling you all about my trip to Spanish City at Whitley Bay to sample their afternoon tea is well worth the wait, though.

Spanish _City _Afternoon _Tea

For my readers outside of the UK or maybe below the Watford Gap 😉 Whitley Bay is a seaside town in North Tyneside on the North East coast.

Spanish City is a beautiful building on the sea front that for many years was left to fall into disrepair. If my memory serves me correctly it was a sort of funfair for a very long time ; a bit along the lines of Blackpool’s infamous Pleasure Beach. It was brought back to life and re-opened in 2018 with a champagne bar, seafood restaurant and tea rooms.

I love the two female figures that are on the roof. This one is playing the cymbals.

Spanish _City_Whitley _Bay _Afternoon _Tea

As I mentioned earlier, the reason for our visit was that I was treating my mum to their Christmas themed afternoon tea. I do this every year .. take my mum for afternoon tea as part of her Christmas pressie. In fact, most things I do with my mum revolve around afternoon tea. It’s her favourite thing to do.

I’d asked my friend Sam at North East Family Fun who is a total foodie what she thought as I knew she’d sampled the afternoon tea not long before us. She reckoned it was one of the best even surpassing her favourite, Jesmond Dene House in Jesmond, Newcastle, which we still have yet to try.

This was our sea view from our table. It was the Friday before Christmas and it had been raining all the way on the  hour long car journey.  When you know there’s cake coming though nothing can damper the thought of that, can it?


Spanish _City _Whitley _Bay _Afternoon Tea


Spanish _City _Whitley _Bay _Afternoon _Tea

The Afternoon Tea Was A Thing Of Beauty When It Arrived

Savouries were first:

  • Turkey, stuffing and cranberry on brown bread.
  • Cheese savoury on a brioche bun.
  • Sage and onion sausage roll
  • Quiche Lorraine

Then the scones plate:

  • Colliers mature cheddar scone.
  • Spiced cranberry and citrus scone.
  • Homemade strawberry jam.
  • Clotted cream.

Spanish _City _Whitley _Bay Christmas_ Afternoon _Tea

Then ….  the dessert and cake plate.

  • Sherry trifle.
  • Caramelised pear and cinnamon macaroon
  • Sweet mince pie
  • Chocolate and mandarin truffle

Spanish _City _Whitley _Bay _Christmas _Afternoon Tea

I’ve got to admit we were pretty stuffed by the time we got to the pretty festive themed lovelies on the top plate. Every single morsel so far had been delicious so we literally had left nothing. My mum’s got the appetite of a sparrow but boy can she polish off an afternoon tea.

We washed it all down with copious amounts of aromatic Earl Grey and I also had a cafetiere of coffee {no extra charge}.

Spanish _City _Whitley _Bay _Afternoon _Tea

I think we sat for about 2 hours. Even though mum lives with us it’s nice just to be out having a bit of mum and daughter time.

We had a mooch afterwards before we left. The dome is very impressive. What a tree!

There were lots eating fish and chips which looked impressive. I’d love to go back with Mr B to sample.

My friend, Sam had also tipped me off about making sure we weren’t booked in here for our tea. As much as I love a good scran of fish and chips the smell doesn’t actually mix well with cakes and tea.

Spanish _City _Whitley _Bay _Afternoon _Tea

I thought it was exceptionally could value for £19.95 per person and we both agreed one of the tastiest afternoon teas we’d sample over the past couple of years.

Have You Been To Spanish City?

Let me know what you enjoyed if you have. If you haven’t visited Whitley Bay maybe I’ve encouraged you to add it to your UK travel wish list. There should be an afternoon tea trail shouldn’t there?  Tell me your favourite places to partake of afternoon tea wherever they are in the world and I’ll add them to my bucket list!

See You Soon!

Sharon xo


  1. February 3, 2019 / 7:35 pm

    Lovely review Sharon! I’m dying to go back and try the new pub which has just opened up in there x

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      February 3, 2019 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks, Sam. Your tip off was spot on. My mum loved where we had the tea and I know she wouldn’t have been happy smelling fish and chips all the way through it. As lush as they looked.

      I’ve just seen on Twitter tonight .. the new pub. We should meet up in the nicer weather .. fish and chips and a couple of drinkies!! xo

  2. February 3, 2019 / 9:12 pm

    Sounds good. I can’t wait to go back to The Grand in February in Brighton for a afternoon tea!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      February 3, 2019 / 9:26 pm

      It was! I haven’t been to Brighton in a long time. I know exactly .. 23 years ago when our eldest boy was 2. We were visiting friends in Kent and we all wen there on a day trip xo

  3. February 4, 2019 / 7:00 am

    We absolutely LOVE Spanish City, it’s my favourite place to go at the moment! So far we’ve tried Trenchers Fish and Chips, cake at Valeries, afternoon tea and sunk a few gins in the bar! Their afternoon tea really is so good, one of my favourites in the North East now and I can’t wait to go back!

  4. February 4, 2019 / 11:02 am

    We took my mam there before Christmas for fish and chips and it was lovely (and my mam is very fussy about her fish and chips!) I was really worried they’d gentrify it too much, but it had a lovely relaxed feel and me and my sister were eyeing up a return trip for the afternoon tea.

    By the way, the statues date back over 100 years. They were removed in 2007 to protect them, then sent away to be cleaned and repaired before being put back on the building.

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Whitley Bay and the Spanish City are my childhood play areas and I get very protective!

  5. Nicole O'Hagan
    February 4, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    Love this place! I also wrote a review of going here in summer! I love how much they have brought it back to life.

  6. February 5, 2019 / 9:47 pm

    Crikey – have to show this to gravel-guy, he grew up in Whitley Bay and its years since I’ve been there, isn’t that the place immortalised by Mark Knopfler? You’ve got me dreaming of that lovely, lovely beach which is glorious whatever the weather

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