Picture this. It is Friday afternoon and most people are at work, lucky for me it was my day off and I had a special afternoon tea booked. As a birthday gift I received a voucher for 97 & Social Tipsy Tea. I hadn’t heard a lot about it back in February but since then the alcoholic tea has been the talk of Jesmond.
Located on Osborne Road near the ever popular Acorn Road, 97 & Social is the place to be. With drink and food deals on almost every day and cocktails being 2-4-1 on thirsty Thursdays who could say no? The Tipsy Tea afternoon tea is available to book on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays only and it must be booked to give the staff a heads up. I thought it would be best to book on the Friday thinking it would be less busy than the weekend and it was actually really relaxing not being surrounded by drinkers.
So when we arrived I informed the waitress at the bar that we were hear for afternoon tea, she asked us if the reserved booth by the window was okay for us and offered to seat us anywhere if we preferred. We took the booth by the window so we could people watch and have a full view of the stunningly designed bar. Shortly after we were seated the waitress brought us over a glass of prosecco each which went down a treat. I knew that the twist on the classic afternoon tea included alcohol but I didn’t realise it included a glass of bubbles on arrival. It was a really sweet taste and it got us right in the mood for some more drinks and even food.
Taking our drinks order we had the choice between 6 different cocktails. From rum and Jamaican inspired tea to Aussie iced tea or New Zealand wine coolers. We went for the cocktail named Old Blighty a mix of Tanquerary gin, elderflower liqueur, orange marmalade and earl grey tea. Adding a bit of zing to the cocktail comes from the Fentimans Victorian Lemonade and finished with the fog of old London town and served in a gorgeous china teapot. Served on a mini wooden board and accompanied by some fresh fruit slices this alcoholic tea was delicious. I wasn’t too sure I would like this cocktail as I’m not the biggest gin lover but my friend is and we both thought it was delicious!
When the waitress brought over our drinks she also asked us what sandwiches we would like to order for the afternoon tea. 4 options were available on the day and I think the options depend on the day. We had peri peri chicken, cucumber, cream cheese and dill and honey roasted ham and mustard triangle sandwiches. The other option was egg mayonnaise. When the food tower arrived we were both super excited to get stuck in. We started with the bottom layer of sandwiches. I loved the honey roasted ham ones and wish I had ordered just that flavour although my friend thoroughly enjoyed the chicken and the cucumber ones too.
The next layer on the afternoon tea tower were two warmed fruit scones. Accompanied with clotted cream (and plenty for two people) and a choice of strawberry and raspberry jam in those cute little jars. The perfectly warmed scones were amazing so much to say that they were the best scones I have had. They were a great size and baked really well too. Soft but not crumbly.
The top layer was an array of sweet treats. Pieces of merraingue, strawberries and raspberries were sprinkled around the two mini chocolate eclairs, three macaroons (vanilla, lemon and chocolate), two chocolate and coconut bites and finally two mini cinnamon doughnuts. I loved the touch of little eatable flowers which were arranged on the tower. The only downside I thought with this afternoon tea was that I got the impression that the scones and sweet treats may have been shop bought. I can’t say for sure but if that’s the case then I would have loved to see some homemade baking instead. Although, 97 & Social hasn’t got such an amazing reputation for its food but rather the delicious and creative cocktails and drinks they serve. I wasn’t expecting the afternoon tea food aspect to be incredible but I did with the drinks and that certainly was the case.
For two people the Tipsy Tea would cost £15.95. Taking a bigger crowd? No problem as 97 & Social serve this incredible tea for 4 people with two double teapots for the price of £29.95. Got no one to go with but still want to check it out? An individual pot of tipsy tea and afternoon food is just £9.95. An amazing bargain for each of these options I think especially as most afternoon teas cost around £20-£30 per person. If you’re a lover of cocktails or just great drinks I would totally recommend you try the Tipsy Tea that has taken over Jesmond, you won’t regret it!