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Could anything be lovelier than Tea On The Green? Unlikely says Robert Meddes after popping in to this new tea-room which is situated right in the centre of Newcastle.

Tea On The Green can be found in the basement of one of the Georgian buildings that flank Old Eldon Square and is reached by a short flight of stairs. It was a squally day when I called in but with each downward step I found myself retreating into a world that the impersonal gastro-pub and chain restaurant forgot. This is a proper tea-room: warm and inviting, with tablecloths, wooden chairs, tea served in china pots (with a strainer to catch any stray leaves), and, hello, is that an old fashioned range I can see against the back wall? I rather think that it is, you know. I had a chicken salad sandwich (£4.25) that was lifted by a lightly tangy lemon mayonnaise, and a very scrummy homemade chocolate brownie (£2.05). There are about 15 different teas on offer (including oolong, herbal and flowering) but I’m an unadventurous type (who still thinks that choosing dark chocolate digestives over milk chocolate is the height of sophistication) and tried the English breakfast tea which was full bodied and enormously refreshing. And speaking of breakfast, I note that the place is open in the morning for everything from eggs benedict and blueberry pancakes (with maple syrup) to bacon sandwiches. During the day homemade soups, toasties, jacket potatoes, quiches etc are served and if you’re not a tea fan, then Italian coffee, soft drinks and alcohol are also available. A veritable oasis then and one that comes with paper doilies as standard. (Stop press: Just heard that they now serve cocktails! In a teapot! Lordy!)

Tea On The Green, 4 Old Eldon Square, Newcastle. 0191 261 6646.