Looking for something to do this summer in Leeds? Afternoon tea isn’t just a summer activity, but when the weather is being generous, treat yo’self to some delicious tea and cakes, already tested by yours truly.
I’m always on the look-out for Afternoon Tea’s, so recommendations at the ready. However, these are my top three for a sweet/savoury treat in the heart of Leeds.
I want to add that all these establishment’s offer Vegetarian option, which is what I go for, and not one only offered cheese, cheese, cheese. Which put’s them apart from a lot of other places I have been to that think we only eat water and cheese, and old cucumbers.
The first is, Just Grand, Vintage Tearoom.
This is a wonderful little spot close to the Grand Theatre and Belgrave music hall. I have been here numerous times, I even had a birthday afternoon tea here, where they played the Happy Birthday song on an old record player and everyone sang to me. Wonderfully entertaining. This is the
place where I experiences the best Jaffa-cake scones and lemon curd of my life. They put my own baking to shame! (which isn’t difficult, to be fair) I’m still on the hunt for better lemon curd, which I’m yet to find.
The tea is properly diffused and there is a delightful mixture of flavours available. They also serve alcohol if you’re not the tea and coffee kind, but still want some scones and cakes. Everything is hand-made, which adds a delightful, homely feeling. The decor is fun, vibrant and takes you back in time. The staff are wonderfully friendly and you can see they clearly love their job, and, why wouldn’t they? The price is excellent, which is why I recommend you book before you go. It would have heart-breaking to have to walk away or wait.
P.s, for those cold months, they provide blankets for the tables outside. That is how damn cute they are!
The second is, The Sky Lounge – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
If you’re a tourist or just love Leeds that damn much, this establishment offers fantastic views of the city, with luxurious decor and food to match.
This is a place if you’re feeling fancy and want a show-off Instagram post. Here you can enjoy a 90-min bottomless prosecco with your afternoon tea, which I will enjoy the next time I go. I stuck to the typical English Breakfast. The views are what make this special, the food was lovely and incredibly filling, my only issue was that the tables were too small for both of our tea stands and my friend and I couldn’t see one another when talking. However, that didn’t stop us from having an amazing time. As you can see in the photo below.
Those mini Quiche’s we had were a nice surprise. Something a bit different from the traditional finger sandwiches and cakes. That little pot of chocolate in the white bowl, was like a bowl of nutella, which we just spoon ate.
The bar design is inviting, so maybe after your tea you could stay and enjoy a nice cocktail with the views. Don’t forget your phone/camera.
The third establishment is for those of you who might like a classic bar and a quiet space. This afternoon tea isn’t advertising as much as it should be, but it was perfect for my aunt and I who like our own space and we ended up having the bar to ourselves which is always a bonus.
The Queens Hotel, Leeds. As popular as the hotel is, I didn’t know it offered an afternoon tea, until I, luckily, won a voucher for it, from Twitter!
The clotted cream and hot scones made me melt. I could have happily eaten it twice, it wasn’t too thick, heavy or sweet, which made the deserts easier to eat.
Located in the bar, you have a comfy, cosy setting, which is grand and the design is outstanding. If you have some time before your train, this would be a perfect place to have some Afternoon Tea.
The staff was friendly, attentive and happy to get refills and cater to our needs. (Demanding another pot of their gorgeous cream)
So, if you find yourself craving both savoury and sweet, here are three great places to satisfy your needs.