There are few things quite as lovely as an afternoon tea. This most English of tasty traditions has made a huge come back and we’re glad of it! Luckily, there are plenty of afternoon teas in Leeds to choose from…which to try first?
If you are dreaming of the perfect afternoon tea scenario – pretty floral china, cake stands and lace tablecloths then head to Just Grand! Vintage Tea Room. Delicious homemade scones and sandwiches are accompanied by plenty of tea, served in vintage china teapots and in china teacups and saucers, with tea strainers and a little kettle timer to ensure the blend is just right.
Leeds latest Japanese restaurant, Issho has cleverly put an Asian twist on this British pastime. Here you will indulge in savoury and sweet dishes including edamme beans, temari sushi balls, caramel purin, and yuzu meringue kisses to name just a few. All of which can be enjoyed al fresco style on their chic rooftop terrace with views across Leeds.
With sparkling chandeliers and white marble counters, Creams offers a real sense of opulence with their afternoon tea offering – be sure to try the macaroons.
For a real sense of occasion add some fizz to the fun! Swap the tea for Champagne or Prosecco to make your afternoon tea extra special. Try Malmaison for a guaranteed luxury experience.
For a slick and sophisticated experience consider taking afternoon tea at Crafthouse in their beautiful restaurant or summer terrace with great rooftop views of the city. Here you will enjoy unique desserts and cakes made from local and seasonal produce and choose from classic sandwich choices such as cucumber and cream cheese
Looking for something a little different? For a French twist try Le Chalet, add a side of culture to your meal at contemporary art gallery The Tetley or team your afternoon tea with Slingsby’s Rhubarb Gin at Oulton Hall.
The Lost & Found at The Leeds Club boast a stunning location for indulging in your traditional favourites. If you have a love of tea with less of a sweet tooth, their Gentleman’s Tea draws on the tradition but has a twist. Begin with a selection of flatbreads and savoury snacks before a mini chocolate treat and scones with lashings of jam and clotted cream.
Venture a little further afield and you’ll discover some wonderful options. Feel like the lord of the manor with a quintessentially English afternoon tea on the terrace of the stunning Harewood House.