Take tea the Trevelyan way at Wallington

Enjoy tea the Trevelyan way in our new tea-room in the house © National Trust/LindaHolung

Enjoy tea the Trevelyan way in our new tea-room in the house

A tiny corner of our house at Wallington has been brought to life with a tea-room inspired by the war diaries of Mary, Lady Trevelyan.

The tea-room transports you back to the Second World War at a time when Wallington was home to a number of evacuees. The children had fled the dangers of city living in Newcastle for the safety of the estate owned by socialist Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan.

Visiting the evacuees

On 10 September 1939, a large group of parents made the journey from Elswick to Wallington to visit their children and Lady Mary, or Molly as she was fondly known, saw an opportunity. The following week she arranged for the parents to be served with tea at the cost of two pennies a cup. She comments in her diary that they ‘made a tidy profit on the transaction’.

Inspired by her generosity and ingenuity, we're giving you the opportunity to take tea 'the Trevelyan Way’ here in the present day too.

A wartime ambience

The tea-room is furnished in the style of the era with a mixture of antique and replica furniture, china and serving utensils. Wartime music drifts across the room from a mock-gramophone and 1930s newspapers sit on the side for you to read while our tea-room staff serve you a choice of sandwiches, cakes and scones at your table. Whatever you choose will be accompanied by a nice pot of tea (or coffee if you prefer) in true wartime spirit.

In the tea-room, you may even spot a tea cup and saucer that has been stapled together. Legend has it that Sir Charles was a tad clumsy and when famous actress Sybil Thorndike was staying at Wallington, her husband would take pleasure in fixing Sir Charles’s latest breakage.

The house tea-room is open every day except Tuesdays from 12 – 4pm so surround yourself with the sights, sounds and tastes of the 1940s, and spend a lazy afternoon soaking in Wallington's history over a cuppa.