Afternoon Tea at The Lounge - Vermont Hotel

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Afternoon Tea
Relax and enjoy traditional afternoon tea in the luxurious and spacious lounge of the Vermont Hotel with its superb views of the Castle.

Parties of 7 or more guests will dine in the hotel restaurant. Tables of 10 or more need to contact the hotel event team direct on 0191 233 10 10

Please note on some occasions your table may be moved to an alternative area of the Vermont Hotel

**Please contact the hotel direct for December Bookings**

What 26 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.0
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4.2
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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere afternoon tea was very pleasant particularly the gentleman’s option which I particularly enjoyed as did my 11 year old step-daughter, I would definitely reccomend.

LP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Brilliant time with the girls (kids that is). Staff could not be more accommodating and attentive when required. Food was great. Would definitely recommend for girls’ small party or just adults alone. The mix of gentleman’s option was great too.

HB
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We made this booking well in advance for a 21st celebration. We arrived to find we had been seated not in the lounge area but at a table at the end of the bar. A wedding party and singer were also in the bar area and the noise level was unbearable. We couldn’t hear each other speaking. We asked to be moved to the lounge area where I’ve had afternoon tea previously and which was half empty! This seemed to be a huge effort and we were told it was all reserved. We insisted and were moved. The lounge was not fully booked and during the next hour no further guests arrived. The service was shocking! Three different people came to take our orders and they did not communicate with each other. We waited 50 minted for two glasses of Prosecco. The food was average and the cake selection had been clearly added to with a dry mince pie. We waited an eternity for any further service. It was so disappointing and further guests to arrive were also heard complaining. This occasion was supposed to be a special treat for special birthday and it was a disaster. Bookings should not be taken if a wedding is running at the same time as it is clear that the staff were uninterested in anything else.

RS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was ok but had better. Very busy and not enough staff to cope. Asked for butter for the scone which came too late. Sandwiches not exciting and cakes dry.

AG
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed both gluten free afternoon tea and the gentlemen afternoon tea service was excellent.

s
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Three of us booked high tea and ordered the gentleman's tea we booked for 3.15 when we arrived they took our booking for the tea and said it would be about 20 minute wait they brought a pot of coffee at 3.45 two meals arrived then shortly after the cakes still no third meal when asked they said it would arrive shortly my friends had both finished their main tea when 25 minutes later the 3rd tea arrived which I sent back to little to late I did not want to eat on my own they offered a complimentary drink then the manager said we did not have to pay for what my friends had ate really but overall a wasted afternnon

CH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Waited 45 mins for afternoon tea. Service really slow. Manager not bothered when I complained. Was offered a complimentary afternoon tea. Why would I want to go back!

Afternoon Tea at The Lounge - Vermont Hotel
Responded on 24 December 2019

Thank you for your review and comments which we will disagree with. The managers care very much about our customers that is why they were happy to hold hands up, say they got it wrong and ask you to come back in so we an put it right. I am sorry if you feel that you do not want to return.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Lovely setting and fantastic food. But the experience was let down by the initial welcome and service. No one was around to seat us...and when I did find someone they did show us to our table - but we were then just left there for more than 15 minutes even though it wasn't that busy! I had to go and find someone (again) to take our order. And then they just said (in front of me) - oh yes - that's the last one! NOT what I would expect from The Vermont! I also asked for the Champagne tea - but Prosecco was brought to the table instead. I would hesitantly recommend - but only because I've been before when the service was better.

Afternoon Tea at The Lounge - Vermont Hotel
Responded on 29 November 2019

Thank you for your candid review which we do very much appreciate. Our sincere apologies that you have encountered issues, as you have been before you will be aware that this is not the usual standard of service. We are not making any excuses as none can be made, but we do have some new members in the team in training and clearly need some more. The relevant managers will deal with this and please let us know next time you are visiting, so we can ensure that you are looked after.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea, reasonably priced, food very good and the staff were helpful. Highly recommend it

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Responded on 15 November 2019

Thank you very much for lovely comments glad you enjoyed it, see you again soon.

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CC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Exceeded expectations.

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Responded on 5 November 2019

Thank you for 5 stars.

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MO
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and great experience. It tasted good and atmosphere was gorgeous. I recommend it!

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Responded on 5 November 2019

Thank you for lovely comments and rating see you again very soon.

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LR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, good atmosphere and friendly staff. Will be visiting again!

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Responded on 27 September 2019

Thank you for lovely review and comments and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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BK
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Afternoon tea was lovely but as it was a quiet Saturday afternoon the staff were extra slow, they seated us but after about 20 minutes we had to actually get up and ask someone to bring us tea or coffee, which was rather annoying, the service overall was just really slow bearing in mind there were plenty of staff there even though it was pretty quiet.

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Responded on 27 September 2019

Thank you for review and comments which we do apologise for if the staff have not been as attentive as they should have. This will be rectified immediately with the team. We are glad that you enjoyed the afternoon tea though and we do hope that we can welcome you back soon. Thank you again.

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TL
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Snooty staff. Basic afternoon tea. Had much better in other comparable hotels (4 star). Not much effort went into the presentation of the food. Service very slow and ordering first drink took far too long.

Afternoon Tea at The Lounge - Vermont Hotel
Responded on 27 September 2019

Thank you for comments and our sincere apologies if we have let you down on this occasion. Your comments will be looked into and actions are taken to ensure that can be no repeat of them. Apologies once again and we do hope that we can welcome you back soon.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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Responded on 27 September 2019

Thank you for 5 stars. See you again soon.

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E
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely customer service and food was amazing. The scones where still warm and the sandwiches were lovely and fresh. Will definitely be returning.

p
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Great place lovely afternoon tea staff were very friendly and accommodating

LN
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were attentive but not invasive, the room was tastefully decorated and the food was lovely, I would recommend a light breakfast beforehand as there was more than enough to eat. I would definitely consider staying the night at this hotel.

A
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Was brought to other room which has nothing close to the pictures after I asked a hotel staff about my table reservation. The food were cold, flavorless, and disappointing compared to the price. Terrible service, no one came to see when I needed to order the food and ask for the bill. I have been to many places in and outside the UK and this is one of the most disappointing afternoon tea experiences for me. Definitely will not go back again.

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Responded on 5 November 2019

Thank you for your comments and our sincere apologies if we have let you down, as you will see from other reviews this is not the norm for us. We will, of course, look into your comments and the appropriate actions will be taken. I do hope that in time you may return to enjoy what our regular customers return week on week for.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I booked Champagne afternoon tea for my friends birthday I could not fault the food however, the service was terrible we arrived 15minutes early & was shown to our table we were not asked if we would like a hot drink food arrived an hour after we were seated. We had to ask if we could have a pot of tea 15minutes later we had to ask again as still no hot drinks. We had finished eating by the time we got a hot drink. One of the members of staff did apologise I have to say the staff that were on shift were very pleasant but they were way under staffed . I have paid a lot less for afternoon tea at other venues & revived a much better service

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Setting was lovely, food was nice. Service not so great.

PL
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

For a hotel that prides itself as a 4 star AA hotel, I could not believe it that when the milk arrived for our tea it was sour, this should never have happened, also we order Breakfast Tea, what we were given was not breakfast tea, it was very weak with no body to it and was ever so flowery in taste, when we were finished I asked the waitress if she could find out from the kitchen who's tea and coffee the hotel used, I was informed on her return that it was Ringtons of Newcastle, the tea we were served was certainly not Ringtinz's Breakfast Tea, I should know as we buy that grade of tea from the Ringtons delivery man who calls at our home.
If it was not for the quality of the sandwiches, scones and cakes I would have only given you 2 stars for your afternoon tea, and not the 3 that I have given to you.
I await your response to my comments.

NW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So tasty! Lovely setting and good service. Will definitely return

JH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The surroundings were very comfortable. A lively quiet area. The service was very good and the food delicious.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service was exceptional! Just need the cakes to be better!! Was disappointed with all the puddings on the afternoon tea.

CC
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was nice enough but it was very slow to come out, then when it did one of our orders was wrong and we had to wait even longer for the right order.