Our day started with a spot of shopping in town followed by a nice leisurely stroll along the quayside.
It is hard to walk along our beautiful Quayside and not take photographs!
We arrived at The Baltic with time to spare. Entry is free and if contemporary art is your thing (or even if it isn't) a browse around the galleries is certainly thought provoking. There are spectacular views of the Quayside from various levels to enjoy. The viewing platform on level 4 is particularly special.
Our table for afternoon tea was reserved for 3pm. The restaurant was fairly busy and there was a nice ambience. The views are spectacular if you are lucky enough to be seated next the the river (we weren't however it wasn't the end of the world and didn't detract from our experience). Our server handed us the afternoon tea menu and talked us through the options. I think it is a nice touch that they automatically bring out a jug of ice water for your table at no extra cost. We both opted for traditional afternoon tea which at £14.95 per person was absolutely fantastic value. For this we both received four sandwiches, two types of scone with jam and clotted cream and four mini desserts plus our choice of tea or coffee including a re-fill. Considering the location I think this is a lot of afternoon tea for your money!
We both thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea and there were absolutely no complaints about the food. The miniature cakes were the definite highlight for me.
We did have a couple of minor grumbles (but I am fussy!) in that the service wasn't as attentive as perhaps it could have been - it took a while to get somebody's attention and ask for our drinks to be refreshed. Plus our table was very wobbly which isn't ideal when you have hot drinks on there and I think the packets of sugar on the table really didn't fit in with the elegant surroundings. This is however us being very picky and at £14.95 each we would not hesitate to recommend afternoon tea at Six.
Afternoon tea is served 2pm-4pm Monday-Saturday and 12noon-4pm Sunday. There is also the option to add a glass of champagne or a cocktail. Reservations are required. Visit their website for further details:- www.sixbaltic.com
Gift vouchers are also available and would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift for a special lady in your life.