I'm a big fan of afternoon tea, so when I was invited to try the new American Style Afternoon Tea at the Karbon Grill in Sunderland, I couldn't wait to see what would be on offer.

Karbon Grill is located in the new Hilton Garden Inn, next to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. Serving steaks, ribs, burgers, tapas, seafood and now these unique Afternoon Teas in really bright, contemporary and modern surroundings, this could definitely be 'the place' to eat if you're in the area.
If you're looking for somewhere special, I would definitely recommend it... The staff were all really attentive and it felt really upmarket. They are open weekdays for breakfast and daily for lunch and dinner.

I really didn't know what to expect to be eating, but when the American Towers arrived, I wasn't disappointed.
On the first tier were perfectly sized pork and chorizo sliders in toasted buns with lettuce and tomato, and buffalo chicken wings marinated in hot sauce, with extra hot sauce on the side for those who were brave enough!

Tier two consisted of mini calzone pizzas; one cheese and herb and one pepperoni, breaded cheese and pickle bites and BBQ sauce. 
The third tier catered perfectly for those of us with a sweet tooth, with slices of key lime pie, pecan tart and Mississippi mud cake, decorated with a sliced strawberry.
As I don't like nuts, I didn't try the pecan tart, although it looks really tasty with lots of gooey caramel on top. The key lime was really fresh and tangy in flavour and the mud cake was so indulgent, I could have eaten a few more slices... moist chocolate cake packed with chocolate chunks and a piece of rich brownie on top - Yum!

Rather than cups of tea, the American Tower comes with mini milk bottles of super thick banana and strawberry milkshakes, which are made with fresh fruit, however if you prefer a cuppa, I'm sure they will accommodate your preference.

The American Afternoon Tea is served from 12-5pm at £14.50 per person. Each person will receive a full tower to themselves, which is the perfect size for an afternoon treat.
A classic Afternoon Tea is also served at £12.50 per person.

Would you try the American version?!
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