If you don't follow me on Instagram and Twitter then you may not already know that I have a new hobby (let's call it 'hobby', it sounds better than addiction) to trying new places for afternoon tea. While my time lying in bed at night on my phone used to be spent replying to emails and tweets, I'm now searching for new places in the area to visit for tea, scones and cake!
One of the first places I wanted to tick off my list of 'places to visit' was the Remember Me Tearooms just off the High Street in Stockton on Tees, a picturesque little cafe serving cakes, pastries and of course afternoon teas. The decor and window display are so cute and quirky, with floral and brick walls, old fashioned memorabilia and Union Jack flags and the staff are really welcoming and attentive.
We ordered Afternoon Tea for two (which is only £10!), two jam tarts and a child's meal for Elodie which included a sandwich of her choice, crisps, chocolate crispy cake a sweet and a drink for only £2 - such amazing value!
The wide choice of flavoured tea is perfect for any tea lover, there really is something for everyone, but we just went with house tea although next time I think I might ask to try Peach & Apricot or Vanilla Roobios.
The food all came wonderfully presented with old fashioned mismatched cups and saucers, with different style teapots for each table, we managed to get around 4 cups of tea each from ours and still left some in the pot! I do have to say that the sandwiches were my least favourite part of the meal, don't get me wrong, there wasn't anything wrong with them at all... I went for ham & mustard and my boyfriend went with tuna and spring onion from a choice of five or six flavours, they were nice, but very 'shop bought' but to be honest, who goes for afternoon tea for the sandwiches?
The scones were close to perfection and probably the nearest replica of those that my Gran used to make me when I was a little girl, there was a choice of fruit or cheese, we opted for fruit which came filled with thick, delicious cream and strawberry jam. From the first bite, you could tell they were freshly made, crunchy on the outside and soft inside, I would go back for these alone!
The jam tarts also reminded me very much of my Gran's baking, the pastry was amazing and so moreish. I love the homemade aspect, you really can't beat it.
When it came to eating the cakes, we had chocolate mint crunch cake and a cupcake... we would have liked to have tried a different flavour each just so we could have shared a bit of each others, but as we went quite late in the day (around 3pm) we had to go with what was left. It just shows, with such a popular place (it was full the whole time we were there), you have to be early to get all of the choice. I have since checked out their Instagram and Facebook pages and they make some delicious flavours, so next time I'll make sure I'm earlier. The mint crunch cakes were both really moist, full of flavour and even though I was stuffed after my huge slice of cake, I definitely could have gone for a bit more - it was that good!
I'll definitely be visiting again, and I've already recommended the place to some friends. Let me know if you've been or if you plan on going!