Monday, 13 February 2017

Birthday celebrations at The Brierley, Acklam Hall - Middlesbrough

This month marked a very special birthday for my Mum, she turned the big 5-0. To celebrate this we had to do it in style and the only way we know how is to have afternoon tea. Having already visited Acklam Hall for an Easter afternoon tea last year, we decided it would be the perfect location for this milestone day.

Before it was time to get dolled up and eat scones, I rushed to town to get some decorations for the table and cakes that had specifically been requested by the birthday girl. After legging it around town, I picked up what I needed and jogged back to the car, trying very hard not to lose the helium balloons I'd just purchased.

Thankfully, Mum was running late so this gave me time to hotfoot it to Acklam Hall and set up the table before her and my sister arrived. I'm glad I took the time to do this as she was very surprised and loved the setup.

Afternoon Tea, The Brierley, Acklam Hall - Middlesbrough - Teesside

Afternoon Tea, The Brierley, Acklam Hall - Middlesbrough - Teesside

Afternoon Tea, The Brierley, Acklam Hall - Middlesbrough - Teesside

Afternoon Tea, The Brierley, Acklam Hall - Middlesbrough - Teesside

We all chose the 'Lady Anne's tea' with a slight variation on sandwiches as we are mega fusspots. We settled on cream cheese, ham, grated cheese and egg sandwiches, oh how boring of us. We each had two scones, one plain and the other fruit which were lovely and warm. The plate of cakes of the top looked full to the brim. There was certainly something that each of us was going to like. My favourites were the chocolate opera cake and the chocolate orange macarons. Luckily I took the macarons home and had Mum's too, super bonus as they were AH-mazing.

We had a fantastic time, especially since my little nephew was there too, hanging out with us girls. He didn't have any of the food as he is only just 6 months, but he certainly enjoyed his first taste of yoghurt as he chatted his little head off.

After copious amounts of tea, and as we started to tuck into the dessert plate, the lovely waitress appeared from across the room with the four cupcakes I'd snuck in earlier all with candles alight. I made sure my sister was singing along as Mum blew out the candles, again delighted that we'd added an extra surprise.

Overall Acklam Hall, or the Brierley as the restaurant is called, couldn't do more for us. I always find booking over the phone to be super easy and its followed up with emails you can't forget your reservation. The building itself is stunning and is the perfect background for a delicious afternoon tea.


  1. This looks so lovely, I'm glad your mum had a fab 50th birthday! (Happy belated Birthday!) and those cakes look delicious! <3

    Also Hello! New reader <3

    Jessica |

  2. Mmm this looks delicious - glad you mum had a great birthday!
    I'm fussy about sandwiches too, so afternoon tea is a bit of a waste on me really - but I still love it! :D


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