Acklam Hall Afternoon Tea
On Wednesday, my sister and I decided to treat our Mother to Afternoon Tea at Acklam Hall in Middlesborough. If you really appreciate your Mam, then it shouldn’t really take something as commercialised as ‘Mothers Day’ to celebrate with her. I’ve recently returned home – up North – for Easter and as I’m only here every few weeks, I thought it was great timing for some fresh scones, cakes and of course… Afternoon Tea.
Acklam Hall is a beautiful, luxurious, grade 1 listed building based in Middlesborough, North-East England. The building was built between 1680-1683 by William Hustler and was a family estate for almost 200years. Skipping forward to 1935, the now ‘Acklam Hall School For Boys’ opened its doors and developed into a fully fledged grammar school, expanding over time. That was, until 2008 when new educational premises were built which ultimately deemed Acklam Hall no longer needed as a school. Following extensive restoration and development, Acklam Hall entered into a new era of its history in 2016, now becoming one of the ‘go-to’ places in the North-East for: Weddings, events, conferences, dining and of course… Afternoon Tea!
As – in my head – I had decided that this was somewhat of a ‘special occasion’, I was determined to dress up in a cool, smart and casual way. The jacket is a slim-fitting, wool blend blazer from Marks and Spencer, which looks and feels super! This jacket can be utilised in so many ways it’s uncanny. As you can see in the images, it’s a grey and blue blend but more on the darker side. With the top, I thought that as it’s now Spring but still rather chilly that I’d go with the black roll neck from Topman. I wanted to look and feel cool, and together with the blazer, a roll neck does just that, it makes you feel cool, calm and collected. I then went with some bold, blue stretch skinny jeans from River Island. These jeans made the look less ‘business lunch’ and more ‘afternoon tea’ and because they were stretch-skinny it makes them very comfortable and breathable. On to the shoes, or should I say boots. I have not long ago purchased some brilliant Chelsea boots from River Island in a tan/ brown colour. They’re really comfortable and go great in any situation. Finally, the accessories I settled with were my red dotted pocket square from Next and my bold orange TW Steel watch.
Afternoon Tea Menu
The menu was fantastic in Acklam Hall. There are a number of different afternoon tea selections to choose from, such as: Sir William’s Tea which features local reared ham hock with pease pudding and chips, Lady Anne’s Tea that includes beautifully crafted sandwiches and sweet treats or finally the simple, yet superb Cream Tea option that compromises fresh scones with beautiful strawberry preserve. This could all be washed down with countless options of different tasting teas or even a glass of wine, which my mother opted for. We all decided to have the ‘Lady Anne Tea’ option with English breakfast tea.
All in all the afternoon was lovely and I wish that I could do it every day. The service at Acklam Hall is impeccable, such friendly, welcoming and warm staff that do not rush you when you’re taking a break. The freshness of the scones and the loose tea left a fantastic taste in your mouth, along with all of the sweet treats you left feeling more than stuffed. The price was very reasonable as well. When you take into account the luxuriousness of the venue and the service it’s quite the snip at £19 each!
If you’re from the North-East and fancy trying some lovely afternoon tea, then I’d definitely recommend Acklam Hall. It’s beautiful, sophisticated and an overall great day out. You can check out their website here for afternoon tea and other services that they offer – Official Website.
You can find what I wore in the links here:
Jacket – Marks and Spencer
Roll Neck – Topman
Jeans – River Island
Boots – River Island
Watch – TW Steel
Do you have any lovely places that you would recommend for afternoon tea? I’d love to hear your thoughts… 🙂