Afternoon tea at the National Coalmining Museum

Afternoon tea at the National Coalmining Museum

I have to say, until a couple of weeks ago the thought of having Afternoon Tea at the National Coalmining Museum would not have entered my head – in fact, I never knew they offered it until recently, a few reviews on Trip Advisor enlightened me. You do have to call to book in advance, it’s not something on the men you can just go sit down and order which is probably why  I hadn’t known about it.

Unexpected though the venue may be, the Afternoon Tea was certainly a treat with a lovely range of locally sourced products, including cakes from Propermaid which I’ve often enjoyed at other local cafes. They often have quite unusual flavours such as the lime and courgette cake on the top tier here but are super yummy.

We certainly had more than we could finish. In fact, as there’d been a bit of confusion over our booking when we arrived so I suspect we may have been given a little bit extra…

Even without that, portions are very generous and you can ask for more of anything should you manage to finish. You can take any leftovers home so I had cake for later when I finally felt able to eat some more. Lovely staff as well, we felt very well looked after. The standard price is £16 per person but they sometimes offer half price deals on Living Social so I would recommend looking out for that offer if you fancy a treat but don’t want to splash out that much cash!


As we live just a few minutes away from the National Coalmining Museum we’ve visited many times. In addition to the museum displays and underground tour there is a nature trail, outdoor playground and nice little indoor kids play area. It was a sunny day this time so we had a little wander round outside where lots of the old mining equipment is displayed.


My dress is a thrifted Wallis dress which I got for £3ish in the half price sale from a Wakefield Hospice shop a few weeks ago. The shoes I got on sale in Australia about a decade ago now so they’re doing pretty well! And I really wish I’d painted my toenails…

Always love to hear Afternoon Tea recommendations, let me know in the comments 🙂


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  1. September 27, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    The afternoon tea looks amazing! Especially those cakes. What an interesting location for Afternoon Tea! I love your outfit too! xo

  2. October 5, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    That afternoon tea looks amazing. Great price too, love your dress as well what a bargain.

  3. October 6, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Mm the cakes look delicious! I haven’t ever been for afternoon tea but I would love to.

  4. October 6, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    The afternoon tea looks great it’s probably a good thing there was a mix up. the price is reasonable too.

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