Visitors to Newcastle Theatre Royal can now delight in the tradition of afternoon tea as they sit down to a range of freshly prepared, home-made delicacies in the historic building’s recently restored Upper Circle Bar.
The custom of taking afternoon tea, sandwiches and cakes in a grand setting dates back to the mid-19th Century and was very popular among the wealthier middle and upper classes.
The Theatre Royal menu features locally sourced ingredients, including smoked salmon from Seahouses, beef from Northumberland and cheese from Doddington Dairy at Wooler, as well as sweet treats – both traditional and modern.
Afternoon teas are being served after matinee performances to the accompaniment of a pianist playing an assortment of show tunes and classic melodies.
Philip Bernays, chief executive of the Theatre Royal, says: “There are few things in life more enjoyable than a really good quality afternoon tea in a beautiful setting, and this is what we have aimed to create.
“Our opulently restored theatre is somewhere special for taking tea, being grand, historic and plush. Paired with delicious ingredients, we are confident our teas will be a great success.”
Afternoon tea costs £14.95 per person and is available after selected matinee shows. (Afternoon tea with Prosecco is £20.90).
For more information or to book an afternoon tea call the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 112121 or go to www.theatreroyal.co.uk .