Welcome to Stanley, a town and civil parish located in County Durham, England. The area centres on a hilltop between Chester-le-Street and Consett, while also lying southwest of Gateshead. Most know Stanley for its rich history in coal mining.

Others, however, come to enjoy an Afternoon Tea in Stanley. Below is a list of some of the best places to get an assortment of sweet and savoury goodies. What more could you want from a fun day out? Indeed, you won’t be disappointed!

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The first mention of Stanley dates back to 1211; however, some neolithic and Roman remains exist in the area. The town’s name derives from the Old English term for “Stoney Field”. Initially, Stanley was three distinct settlements – the main town of West Stanley and the mining villages of East Stanley and South Stanley.

Gradual development saw them amalgamated into one town, which relied heavily on the local coal industry. The area has not been without its struggles, however, including the West Stanley Pit Disaster of 1909 and economic problems in the decades following.

Interestingly, Stanley has a small yet significant connection with the Presidency of the United States of America. It was, in fact, once the home of Jonathon Roddam II, who is the great-grandfather of former First Lady, Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Politics aside, there are also several Afternoon Tea Stanley establishments well worth visiting.