Afternoon Tea at Sage Gateshead

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Our Winter Afternoon Tea menu is available from Friday 17 November until the end of January

£15.95 per person or Add a Sipsmith cocktail for £6
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DB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 1

One of the sandwiches was so hard you couldn't eat it. We couldn't taste what was supposed be in them. The scones were very odd. Not nice at all and the clotted cream was warm. We were very disappointed in it

BR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a baby shower here on a Sunday afternoon. It was so lovely! The staff were so helpful and kind letting us decorate the table and waiting for everyone to arrive. The view was lovely and it wasn’t very busy. The afternoon tea was delicious and the white chocolate raspberry scones were amazing. They also did Sunday lunch which certainly looked good!

JP
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic setting in the Sage for afternoon tea with Tyne bridges and river. Lovely quiet table near the window. Excellent service . Friendly and attentive staff, bringing extra pots of tea when needed.

MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for afternoon tea at The Sage as part of a celebration day for my friend who had just got her doctorate. I had mentioned to the staff before hand about it and they had remembered. All of the staff were friendly and very efficient. The icing on the cake however, was when the lovely girl who served us, brought us each (4 of us) a small bottle of procecco on the house!!! Such a lovely, generous thought and we will definitely be returning. And, just to add, the afternoon tea was delicious!

ET
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Not sure I would recommend I found it OK the service was really good lovely place lots of tea food not as good as other places we have been mainly the cakes very small not very exciting

RW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice afternoon tea. Staff were lovely regularly asking if things were ok and offering refills. No problem to have vegetarian option which I had forgotten to request when booking.

DS
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The afternoon tea was well worth the value! The food was delicious and view of Newcastle was beautiful. However the service was slow as there were only 2 people helping out. Therefore getting refills of drinks was timely especially when there were quite a few individuals having afternoon tea. However this is the only pointer I have overall wonderful day!!

LR
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was just the right amount but there was no choice of sandwiches. The staff were very helpful and friendly.

DS
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious afternoon tea. Friendly and attentive staff. Chefs strawberry and white chocolate scones where excellent.

KB
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful venue, which we visit often for the concerts. The restaurant was relaxing and we didn't feel rushed. This was perfect to celebrate my friend's birthday. She was 80 years old and had never had an afternoon tea before. We were looked after by a wonderful young girl who was there to fill our cups up whenever we needed. She was friendly and polite and so helpful. She really made Sheila feel special! The afternoon tea itself was wonderful. Everything was very fresh and presented perfectly on 3 tier plates. The sandwiches were particularly delicious, but so were the cakes... and the scones! We had a fabulous time. Thank you all who looked after us so well. (I'm coming again with a friend later on this year!)

B
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

If you didn't have a living social voucher then the afternoon tea was not value for money, the food was very poor definatetly cheap quality

DT
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Although the service was excellent, the food was not as good as I've had in other establishments.
Sandwich fillings were average, nothing outstanding.
Very small sweet selection and only one choice of scone, no savoury scone on offer.

AC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Isaac was amazing very tentative lovely guy!
Denise was very friendly and funny. Great Team

WT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with fantastic views.food was good and good value.

SW
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful treat for myself and my friend. My vegetarian sandwiches were very tasty. There was a good selection of cakes and the fruit scone was huge ... clotted cream, jam and butter to complete it. Thank you especially to Denise whose kind attention made the whole thing great from beginning to end.

CC
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful first visit for afternoon tea. Could fault it. Food service value spot on. I will be back

SS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

We booked to eat at 4pm as we were seeing a show at 5pm. Unfortunately the food didn't arrive until after 4.25pm (and only after chasing them) so we ran out of time and couldn't finish it. This was despite being told as we sat down that it was all ready to be brought out to us. One waitress seemed to be doing all the work, while others stood doing nothing!

OT
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The staff were very helpful and professional, the food lacked variety and quality

JL
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely afternoon tea with a surprise free glass of prosecco, although could be a bit more generous with jam and cream for the scones. Wheelchair accessible venue.

SA
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely service throughout our visit
Good choice of sandwiches and cakes
A lovely treat before going to the concert

l
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the food and the service was great. It was nice to be in the Brasserie area rather than just the normal café, however the seat that we had, right on the end, was practically in the café anyway ..... Good selection of cakes and lovely sandwiches. Everything was fresh and tasty. We have only given 4 stars instead of 5 though because we paid using an Itison voucher, and even though this was FANTASTIC value, we did seriously object to paying £2.20 PER PERSON more to get Earl Grey Tea rather than simply the tea that was offered. How can it cost £2.20 PER PERSON just to swap a normal teabag for an Earl Grey one? A small supplement wouldn't have been a problem, after all we were getting a great bargain, but we felt this was just cheeky. We did have a lovely time though, so don't want to complain too much.

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

company great always could do with more sandwiches overal great

A
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great value afternoon tea but it’s a shame the seating is positioned so there are no views over the river. Overall good value though

PH
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Notified in advance of alergy to raw onion and wrote on the voucher when handed over, still received onion in the sandwich with fish ?????

The selection of cakes was poor, bought cake was dry, a very small merangue, one profiterole
and one scone which was hard.

four finger sandwiches each which were very tasty apart from the onion.

This was a very disappointing visit as no manager came to apologise for the error, we were given a small bottle of proseco for our inconvenience, however this could have been very serious. Training is needed.

VG
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The worst afternoon tea we have had. Disappointing as I bought one for a birthday gift and they were very disappointed. I thought they were wrong but no they were right. The sandwiches were ok scones solid and cakes rubbish. Kids could have produced better. Need to teach chef to cook scones and cakes before doing afternoon teas. You get better in a church hall. The noise from the pianist and girl standing playing beside him were diabolical we asked to sit far away from the noise. You need to get your act together. Such a shame for a beautiful place. Letting us Northerners down on this one.

z
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely food, surprisingly filling. Very friendly service. Only aspect I could fault is that nobody returned to check we were ok or if our tea/coffee needed refilling - I had to ask a passing waitress, who brought us refills promptly.

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Would go again and recommend also staff were superb

JM
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had purchased an itison deal for afternoon tea. Denise was attentive and courteous at all times. The chef provided food that was lovely and would not hesitate to go back again.

YH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were greeted very politely by a young man who showed us to our seats and asked us if we would like our tea/coffee which was brought to us very quickly. We were then asked by a lady if we had any allergies and would we like any other drinks brought to our table. We were not seated very long when our afternoon tea arrived it was well presented and very fresh looking. We both enjoyed what was on offer for the price we paid £16 an offer through itison. The same lady returned to our table and asked if we would like our tea topped up and if all was okay.
Overall a nice hour spent having afternoon tea in a quiet atmosphere with very good service. Would recommend for the price we paid.

j
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

I would never recommend this afternoon tea, it was poor quality, and the portion was very small.

JA
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very tasty, service was a little slow but overall very enjoyable.

LG
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Overall disappointing i'm afraid. Seating area at distance from kitchen / main service area with no staff around most of the time. We had to make several trips back to bar area ourselves to pick up extra cutlery / condiments etc.
Quality of food was quite poor. Very dry - may have been standing for some time?, and we found portions quite small compared to usual afternoon teas. Selection for afternoon tea was underwhelming.
The setting is nice though - in concourse of Sage overlooking Tyne
The staff were in shortage but the ones there did work hard and do their best - but just too much running back and forth for them.

S
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visit for afternoon tea for friends birthday warm welcome and great service foid was lovely with a great view

CJ
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Table was reserved we were sat down quickly given iced water and our order taken. The food was good sandwiches fresh and good fillings cakes and scones were lovely. Nothing to complain about plenty of tea and coffee would go back.

SW
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful afternoon tea with great service. Denise was a real star and very attentive.

JP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Not quite enough savoury food supplied. Scones just crumbled and so nothing to put jam on. Tasty overall though.

L
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

We had been recommended afternoon tea at the sage by friends so decided to take advantage of the £16 offer.
Greeted by a lovely waitress, happy and friendly. Asked if we would like an alcoholic drink with our tea to which I asked for prosecco. This arrived reasonably quick but had nearly gone by time tea plate arrived!! And we had to eat slowly as our coffee took ages to be brought to us as well. Finger sandwiches disappointing. Appreciate finger sandwiches are small but these were child finger sized. Sweet selection ok and the worlds smallest scones I’ve ever seen. We hadn’t had any lunch in anticipation of tea out so perhaps we were too hungry to appreciate “afternoon tea”.
The ambience was spoiled by some strange “kittiwake” music being piped through the entire sage building and we weren’t the only table to complain about this.
Overall it was lovely to say we had actually been in the sage for the first time and the view over the river fantastic but other than that we won’t be returning for tea and would’ve been complaining more if we’d actually paid the full price of £35!!!

DP
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

We booked afternoon tea for 2 at the Sage for a lunch date. I was very disappointed with the afternoon tea, the portion size would only fill one person. The scones were the smallest scones I have even seen and they only gave you one per person. The small pot of jam was bigger than the scone. The sandwiches were poor quality. The cakes were as expected for an afternoon tea. The location of the Brasserie is great for views over the river and town but terrible for noise, foot traffic and you feel like you are sitting in the gift shop. The staff were lovely and friendly. I would not return here for food and I am very disappointed with the whole experience.

VB
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

One mini scone does not make an afternoon tea. We were really disappointed after looking forward to this for weeks. Service was friendly but slow. The ‘noises’ they put into the venue were weird to say the least putting everyone on edge. It was possibly the smallest afternoon tea we’ve ever had and we’ve had a lot of afternoon teas. Won’t be going back, which is a shame because the views were lovely.

DN
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Venue was noisy, surroundings were shabby (wonky table, scratched piano, wobbly cake stand etc) and our waitress seemed bored and uninterested. Took a while for tea and food to arrive which I wouldn’t mind if it were busy, but it was pretty quiet. Sandwiches were stale, cakes not very nice, expected more than just one sad hard fruit scone. Quiche that was advertised on afternoon tea menu online was apparently missing. Generally just really disappointed.

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