We all deserve a little afternoon tea indulgence every now and again…
Afternoon tea is a quintessential British treat that many of us will have missed during lockdown. But miss it no longer, because a host of local cafes are making sure you can feast on tea and cake in the comfort of your own home. From the traditional to the creative, the sweet to the savoury, this is how to sate your mid-afternoon munchies during lockdown.
Le Chalet. You can get afternoon tea with a French twist delivered your door. You’ll get two sandwiches, a selection of traditional canapés, two cakes, a scone with clotted cream and jam, a macaroon and a cold drink. It’s £16 each and you can add a bottle of wine for £8 or a bottle of prosecco for £14. Delivery is free within seven miles of LS1 or 50p per mile outside the boundary. Order online.
Cafe Espresso. This Black Moor cafe is doing its delicious afternoon treats to take away. Start with a selection of four sandwiches, followed by carrot cake, a cherry scone with jam and a chocolate brownie. It’s £18.95 for two people and available for collection or delivery from 11am to 3pm Monday to Saturday. You need to give them 48 hours notice, so get in there early. Order by calling 0113 450 5102 and view menus online.
Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom. You can get afternoon tea delivered from this quirky tearoom. Their hampers are £12.50 each and come with four finger sandwiches, savoury bites, scones, clotted cream and tea. You can even add vintage tea sets for the full Just Grand! experience at home. It’s available for collection or delivery within 10 miles, 11am to 4pm every day. Order by calling 0113 243 1306 and view menus on Facebook.
CC’s Cakes Leeds. If you’re close to Horsforth and want a scrumptious afternoon tea, CC’s will bring one to you. You’ll get finger sandwiches, three savouries, three sweet treats, brownie bites, seasonal fruit and a scone with jam and cream for £10. They also do kids versions for £5. It’s open for deliveries 7 days a week, but you need to order at least 24 hours ahead. Order via Facebook.
Sebby’s Deli. Sebby’s afternoon tea is one of the best in Leeds. This Headingley cafe will make you up a selection of sandwiches on sourdough bread and serve it alongside two baked sweet treats, a fruit scone and your choice of loose leaf tea or ground coffee. It’s £15 each and available for collection from 9am to 3pm all week, you just need to order 48-hours ahead. Order online.
Dolly’s Pantry. The afternoon teas from Dolly’s Pantry are a thing of beauty. You’ll get a box jam-packed with savoury treats, including homemade pork pies, finger sandwiches, scotch eggs and quiche. Of course, there’ll be cakes and those all-important fruit scones with jam and Cornish cream too. It costs from £20 for two and can be delivered to your door for a pre-booked time. Order via Facebook.
Gray’s of Rothwell. Gray’s are putting together afternoon tea boxes for you to collect and enjoy at home. Their adults version includes homemade sandwiches, freshly baked cakes and a scone with a hot drink for £15 per person. But they also do a smaller, kids version for £8.50. It’s available for collection from 12pm to 3pm, Thursday to Saturday. They need 24-hours notice to prepare your box. Order online.
The Billing Tea Room. This quaint little cafe has a big reputation for afternoon tea and now you can get it at home. There’s a traditional version with finger sandwiches, cakes and scones or a gentleman’s version with pork pies, fruitcake and cheese. Afternoon tea is £13 for one or £24 for two. It’s available for delivery or collection from 12am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Order via Facebook.
Little Dumplings Cakes. Every afternoon tea box from Little Dumplings Cakes can be made gluten-free. You’ll get a selection of ham, egg mayo, tuna mayo and cheese sandwiches on brown or seeded gluten-free bread, complete with savouries, scones, fruit and cakes. It’s £25 for two and available for delivery. Stocks are always very limited, so you’ll have to be quick. Order via Facebook.