Steve and I had booked a few days off work to visit our friends in Wales for a long weekend and clever me thought I’d need the Monday off to get stuff done in the house and then forgot until Sunday night!
When my phone buzzed with a message from Catherine early on Monday morning to see if I was free to meet her and Jo after work a scheme was devised.
I had of course wished Jo a happy birthday via text, Facebook and Instagram and said I would see her on Saturday to celebrate.
Catherine had booked the bottomless Prosecoo Afternoon Tea while travelling back from her adventures in Australia as a surprise.
I got all the boring jobs in the house done and after a quick change I headed to Newcastle for the surprise.
Hudson is really close to Central Station in Newcastle so I parked nearby and quickly made my way there.
The table was set beautifully with her presents and balloon finishing it off nicely.
Catherine went outside to meet Jo and bring her inside while I was sat ready and waiting at the table/
Thankfully she forgave us for our little white lies – phew!
Bottomless Prosecco Afternoon Tea
Once we were seated a friendly server checked if we had any dietary requirements and took our hot drinks order.
I of course opted for a hot chocolate and explained I was driving (unfortunately).
The girls shared two bottles of gorgeous Prosecco while I had half a glass right at the beginning of the Afternoon Tea.
We had a lovely large booth which was perfect as we had bags coats and lots of presents!
The Afternoon Tea food itself was delicious and really filling and the 30 candles were a lovely extra touch.
We started at the bottom and slowly worked our way up.
The sandwiches were tasty – ham and pease pudding (a Geordie delicacy), beef and horseradish, cheese savoury, and salmon.
Next up were the scones.
We had two each – plain and sultana scones with clotted cream and a selection of jams, we all plumped for strawberry.
Controversially I was the only one that went jam first and then cream. How do you like your scones?
The final layer was the dessert section which did not disappoint.
The macaroons were really cute and delightfully sweet – I had the strawberry one.
Next up I had the mini chocolate Gateaux which was really chocolatey and a bit too tart for my creamier lighter palette preference.
I saved the vanilla cheesecake for last and it was really delicious I ate every last crumb.
We then had a cocktail each (mocktail for me) and finished catching up on all the gossip from the past month!
We finalised plans to celebrate at the weekend – a night out on Saturday for cocktails and carbs at Central Oven and Shaker which conveniently is over the road from Hudson!
We were sat from 2:45pm and left at 7pm so it really was a full afternoon.
The staff were all really friendly and attentive without fussing over us too much and even snapped a few pictures for us.
It was my first visit to Hudson and I’m sure it won’t be my last. It has a lovely atmosphere and the food I saw being devoured by other diners looked mouth-wateringly delicious.
We felt very looked after and it was a fabulous way to kick off our 30th birthday celebrations.