Afternoon Tea in Sunderland But Not As We Know It (REVIEW)

It's not often that I venture into Sunderland for a meal, but I was intrigued by an invitation to sample the new American Afternoon Tea at the Karbon Grill Kitchen and Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn, close to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. 

From Washington Old Hall, the Friendship Agreement with Washington DC, to the owner of Sunderland Associated Football Club, the area’s connections with the US are a plenty. 

So why not an American Style Afternoon Tea?

After a full day of meetings in Durham, including filming an attempt at a Guinness World Record inside Durham Cathedral, I was ready for some scrumptious food.

There was a lovely welcome in the bar, where we could meet other bloggers attending the event, as I've not been to many bloggers events this was a good chance to meet some of the people behind the northeast blogs that I'd been reading lately.

We headed through to reserved tables and the American Afternoon Tea, called the Amercian Sharing Tower on the menu, was presented to use as it would be when ordered in the restaurant.

Served on a three tiered stand were a selection of American classics, Savoury selection Mini Calzones, Pork and Chorizo sliders, Buffalo Chicken Wings and Cheese and Pickle Bites. 

For dessert, there is a slice of Key Lime Pie, Mississippi Mud Cake and Pecan Tart to finish off the meal. 

All of this is washed down with strawberry and banana shake and tea or coffee.

The Cheese and Pickle Bites were indeed a tasty bite and Mini Calzone really tasty. The Sliders and Wings went down well with my meat-eating companions, with the Sliders favoured more so. The spicy dip was delicious too. And there were no complaints about the desserts, it's a toss up between the Pecan Tart and Missippi Mud Pie for my favourite, but luckily you get a slice of each. And the milkshake was smooth and thick and with would especially appeal to my boys.

This is perfect for sharing, as a meal or to complement a drink at the bar. It is available from 12 noon until 5pm priced at £14.50 per person (minimum two people sharing)

If you are looking for an alternative to the English Afternoon Tea then this American version is a new way to enjoy a quintessentially English tradition. I can see my boys loving this, Especially the milkshake and the slider. 

What’s not to like? And there are vegetarian options also available.

However, if you are fonder of the English version, a Classic Afternoon Tea is also available priced at £12.50 per person, or £16.95 with a glass of Prosecco and £19.95 with a glass of Champagne.

You’ll find The Karbon Grill Kitchen & Bar at The Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland, which boasts 144 rooms and is located on the stadium village site, right next door to the Stadium of Light and Sunderland Aquatic Centre. It offers food lovers a unique gastronomic experience in the region.

The stylish Pan-American destination restaurant has used the North East’s proud industrial heritage to inspire its name. The restaurant’s contemporary design reflects its innovative and modern style, with its name paying homage, with a contemporary twist, to the mining heritage that is so much a part of the city of Sunderland and the site on which the hotel is built.

As well as the American Sharing Tower and ClassicAfternoon Tea, the 100-seater eatery also has signature grill dishes such as steaks, ribs, burgers, seafood, tapas and sharing platters, featuring unique rubs and spices.

Cost: The American Sharing Tower is £14.50 per head (minimum two people). 
(We sampled the menu for free in return for an honest review.)
Time: served 12 noon until 5pm
Equipment: An open mind.
Boys Club Rating: This is different from what I would usually choose when dining out but I can see my boys loving this. What’s not to like and there are vegetarian options are also available.

Have you tried an American Afternoon Tea?

Deb x