Festive food in the North East

Christmas is the time to eat, drink and be merry at special places in the North East. Enjoy an afternoon tea in an historic hall or a festive lunch with friends. Get into the spirit at Christmas pub nights or finish off a festive day out with a seasonal treat in the café at your favourite place.

A christmas afternoon tea

Enjoy a festive afternoon tea at Wallington 

Treat yourself to a festive afternoon tea this Christmas in the spectacular surroundings of the Central Hall at Wallington. Tour the House wonderfully decorated for the season, soak up the festive atmosphere and enjoy Christmas music played by a professional pianist while you savour turkey and chestnut stuffing sandwiches, spiced cranberry scones and mini Christmas cakes.

A family enjoy a Christmas lunch

Christmas lunch with all the trimmings at Cragside  

Take in the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Christmas at Cragside. Visit the house decked in traditional Victorian decorations, warm up next to crackling fires and enjoy the delicious smells of festive cooking drifting through the air. Complete your Christmas experience with an early Christmas lunch in the cosy café. Tuck into turkey with all the trimmings, classic Christmas puddings and sip on a warming glass of spiced winter punch.

a group enjoy a coffee in the stable cafe at Gibside

Enjoy a winter warmer at Gibside  

With miles of woodland trails and valley views, escape the festive rush with a winter walk at Gibside. Stop for a mid-walk refuel and enjoy a hot chocolate at the Stables Café or round off your walk with a slice of Georgian twelfth night cake served with brandy sauce or a festive scone at the Marketplace café. To really get you into the Christmas spirit, enjoy tasty street food, local ales and live music while you warm up round the braziers at the Nights Before Christmas Events.

A Singin' Hinnie cake

Refuel at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas 

Whether you’re visiting Father Christmas at Souter Lighthouse, or stretching your legs on a walk along the Leas, the café at Souter Lighthouse is the perfect spot to refuel. Enjoy hot drinks, a selection of cakes and scones or try the local speciality, Singin’ Hinnies, a griddle scone that owes its name to the whistling sound it makes while cooking. For the ultimate winter warmer, tuck into a hearty bowl of Panackely, a traditional Tyneside dish made with layers of corned beef and sliced potato.

A family enjoy a christmas lunch

Enjoy Yorkshire fare at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 

Bring everyone together for a Christmas day out at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Wrap up warm for a wander through wintery abbey ruins, enjoy music and lights with carol services and live music in the Abbey cellarium and tuck into a tasty three-course Christmas lunch made with produce from the estate.

a hot chocolate

Enjoy a cosy cuppa at Washington Old Hall  

Nestled within the gardens at Washington Old Hall discover the peaceful and cosy café, perfect for warming up after exploring the illuminated trails. Tuck into a seasonal scone washed down with a delicious hot chocolate, or warm up with a bowl of freshly-made soup.