Sharing an afternoon tea with loved ones is just one of the many wholesome ways to spend your day in County Durham.

Not only that, but it's a chance to try a variety of cakes, bakes and delicately made finger sandwiches baked fresh at a local cafe or restaurant.

In case you want to treat someone to an afternoon tea for a catch-up or celebration, here are some of the best in the area according to their Google reviews.

Some of the best places for afternoon tea in County Durham

Tealicious Tea Room

Location: 88 Elvet Bridge, Durham, DH1 3AG

Rating: 4.8

“Excellent experience! Delicious food and cake, very nice and enthusiastic staff! We have a very perfect afternoon tea! I will recommend chocolate mint and chai. They are impressively tasty. I am so lucky that I can meet such a nice people before I leave Durham.”

Treats Cafe & Tea Room

Location: 27-28 Silver Street, Durham, DH1 3RD

Rating: 4.6

“A cute afternoon tea with lots of treats and a nice selection of drinks and sandwiches.”

“We visited with the kids got afternoon tea which was lovely. Staff are friendly and attentive asking if everything is nice. We will visit again”

Bayberry Hollow

Location: Tanfield, Stanley, DH9 9PX

Rating: 4.7

“Fantastic afternoon tea, particularly the fresh warm cheese scones. The sweet vanilla scones were amazing. The sandwiches were made with delicious bloomer bread, and unlimited tea and coffee. A definite winner!”

Fifteas Vintage Tea Room

Location: 9 Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NJ

Rating: 4.7

“Lovely and picturesque place where you can enjoy a good time. We came back from our Valentines walk , with my husband, and stopped at Fifteas for the afternoon tea. I particularly enjoyed the cinnamon chocolate and scone with jam and cream. The perfect way to end our valentine’s afternoon. Excellent customer service”

Brambles Coffee Shop

Location: Poplar Tree Garden Centre, Hall Lane, Shincliffe, DH1 2NG

Rating: 4.1

“Just had the gardeners delight afternoon tea. Wow, was fantastic, so much food, we actually took some home. Staff were absolutely lovely. Already planning next visit”

South Causey Inn

Location: South Causey Inn, Stanley, DH9 0LS

Rating: 4.6

“Shared a fab afternoon with my daughter for afternoon tea. Only 1 word for it. FABULOUS. Kieran our server was friendly and professional with a personal touch. Highly recommended. Never ending tea and coffee and amazing food. Better than Harrod's”

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The Quarry Tea House

Location: 1 Helmington Square, Hunwick, Crook, DL15 0LG

Rating: 4.7

“Great afternoon tea for our daughter's birthday. Plenty of different cakes and treats. She loved it. Also returned for lunch. Great sized portions for hot sandwiches and pancakes.”