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The Best Afternoon Tea in Leeds

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

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It’s oh so British and marvellously indulgent, but where should you go for a spot of afternoon tea in Leeds? As always, we have the answer…

Sandwiches, cakes and freshly baked scones, there’s something absolutely irresistible about afternoon tea, which is probably why there are so many places to get it in Leeds. From vintage chic cafes to luxurious restaurants and sophisticated hotels, find out where you can get an afternoon treat to tide you over until dinner.

1. Le Chalet

Le Chalet Afternoon Tea

You’ll find this little French tearoom on Park Row, just up the road from Leeds train station, and they’ve put their own French twist on afternoon tea. The tea is a real highlight here, you can choose from a stunning array of them, from your traditional English breakfast tea to rose tisane.

That’s accompanied by a rather impressive spread. You’ve got sandwiches with your choice of filling (try the cheese, tomato and onion chutney), a generously sized scone with cream and three kinds of jam, and a selection of miniature cakes, with the likes of creme brûlée, eclairs and chocolate gateau. All this comes in at £15.95 each, or £21.45 if you add a glass of champagne into the mix. Read the full review… 

Le Chalet, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD.

2. Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom

Just Grand! Tearoom Leeds

Just Grand! is a little bit different to the rest. It’s a throwback from days gone by, a wonderfully retro cafe that’s perfect for afternoon tea. The menu, which is tucked inside the sleeve of a vintage record, offers two options – one traditional, the other designed to cater for the guys, so it doesn’t have to be a girls’ day out.

For £12.55, you can enjoy a selection of four sandwiches, with unlimited tea, freshly baked scones and fruit cake with Wensleydale cheese or a choice of one of their homemade cakes, if you’d prefer. Add a glass of brut or rose prosecco for £3.95. Gentlemen, and those of you who prefer savoury to sweet, can enjoy a Voakes’ pork pie, crisps, sandwiches and a bottle of pale ale or bitter for £10.95. Read the full review…

Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom, 8-9 Grand Arcade, New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.

3. Browns

Afternoon Tea Browns

One of the best places to enjoy afternoon tea in Leeds is inevitably Browns. The restaurant oozes sophistication and adds a luxurious twist to proceedings, as you settle down in the sumptuous surroundings of what was once the banking hall of the Leeds Permanent Building Society.

They have three options on the menu, all of which are deliciously traditional. You’ll tuck into brioche rolls filled with salmon & cream cheese, egg & watercress and chicken & avocado, before devouring scones with clotted cream and jam. To finish, you’ve got salted caramel profiteroles, red velvet cake, a white chocolate pot and lemon & Earl Grey tea cakes. The variation in the menu comes from the drinks – it’s £16.95 with champagne, £15.95 with gin and tonic or £12.50 on its own. Read the full review… 

Browns, 70-72 The Headrow, The Light, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.

4. Filmore & Union

Review: Afternoon Tea at Filmore & Union

If you want all the indulgence of afternoon tea, without the guilt (or the gluten), Filmore & Union is the place to go. You’ll find it in the Victoria Quarter, under the colourful canopy of Britain’s biggest stained glass roof, which makes it a scenic spot to enjoy the famed in-between meal.

They offer a healthy take on cream tea which will see you tucking into open sandwiches, made with gluten-free bread and smothered in toppings like dill and lemon cream cheese with smoked salmon and parma ham with basil pesto and tomato. Then there are scones, served with fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and raspberry compote, a selection of nutritious cakes and two health shots to go alongside the tea. Read the full review… 

Filmore & Union, Queen Victoria Street, Victoria Quarter, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BA.

5. Malmaison

Review: Afternoon Tea at Malmaison

The first thing you need to know about Malmaison, is that you need to book their afternoon tea in advance – they need at least 24 hours notice, because they get the cakes in specially. However, once that’s done, you’ll be all set for a luxurious meal in their newly renovated Chez Mal Bar.

There are three options for you to choose from. You can have a simple cream tea for £10, which promises homemade plain and fruit scones, served with strawberry jam, clotted cream and a mini Victoria sponge. Want more? The full afternoon tea adds finger sandwiches, chocolate cheesecake and vanilla créme brûlée into the mix for £15 – and if you want a glass of Maison Champagne with it, you’re looking at £25. Read the full review… 

Malmaison, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.

6. Arch Cafe

Arch Cafe afternoon tea, Review: Afternoon Tea at The Arch Café

This one’s a little bit different. Arch Cafe is a social enterprise housed in a grade II listed building that was once a charity school. They pride themselves on serving delicious homemade cakes, tarts, pies and more, all baked fresh each day using locally sourced produce wherever possible – and all money made goes to Age UK Leeds.

Their afternoon tea is up there with the best of them, and it comes two ways – as a traditional afternoon tea or as a gentleman’s afternoon tea. The former promises freshly prepared sarnies, homemade scones with jam and clotted cream, and a tantalising array of cakes, while the latter replaces the cakes with savoury pastries. Whichever you choose, it’ll cost £11.95 for one or £22.95 for two, with the option to add a glass of wine for £6 or a bottle of beer for £3.50. Read the full review… 

Arch Cafe, Mark Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JA.

7. The Tetley

The Tetley Afternoon Tea

Once the headquarters for the famed brewery, The Tetley has been transformed into one of the city’s most prominent art spaces – but you’ll find much more than just art here. They also have a restaurant and bar where you can partake in a spot of afternoon tea in style.

You’ve got two options – you can keep it simple with a scone, butter, clotted cream and jam with a pot of Yorkshire’s finest for £5.50 or you can go all out with their high tea experience. The latter costs £10.25 and includes a host of sandwiches with tasty fillings like smoked salmon and cream cheese, as well as a selection of cakes, and of course, tea and a scone. Add a glass of prosecco for an extra £3.25. Read the full review…

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.

8. Love Rouge

Love Rouge Bakery

This quirky little bakery is impossible not to love. Inside it’s bright and colourful, with a retro feel that runs from the decor through to the uniforms. They’re famed for their cakes, and with good reason, they’re absolutely delicious – which makes this one of the best places to treat yourself to afternoon tea in Leeds – it’s best to book ahead though.

For £15 per person, you’ll get a selection of finger sandwiches, alongside a freshly baked scone with jam and clotted cream. There will be cakes too, including your choice of cupcakes – and if you can’t eat it all, they’ll happily pack it up for you to takeaway. The tea is unlimited, so keep filling those chintzy cups and enjoy.

Love Rouge, 51 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AB.

9. Doubletree by Hilton

Doubletree by Hilton Afternoon Tea

Most of the time, afternoon tea at Leeds’ Doubletree by Hilton is served downstairs in the City Cafe, but from Friday to Saturday, you can go upstairs to SkyLounge, where you can enjoy your afternoon tea with views across the city. It has to be booked in advance though, so make sure you give them 24 hours notice.

The menu is just about as traditional as they come. You can enjoy a simple cream tea for £7.50 with freshly baked scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam – but they also offer a more indulgent experience, and that’s what we’d go for. It comes with a host of savouries including finger sandwiches, tarts and skewers, as well as mini cakes and desserts to complement the obligatory scone, all for £15. You can add a glass of prosecco for £5 or champagne for £8. Read the full review…

Doubletree by Hilton, Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4BR.

10. Harvey Nichols

Afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols

It’ll come as no surprise that Harvey Nichols are getting in on the action. In fact, they serve afternoon tea in their Fourth Floor Cafe from 3:30pm to 5pm Monday to Saturday and in their Espresso Bar from 12pm to close every day. Whichever you choose, you’ll have the same indulgent feast ahead of you.

Afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols comes with a savoury layer of finger sandwiches and a sweet layer with all manner of cakes. You can look forward to scones with clotted cream and jam, as well as mini pastries and desserts. Wash it all down with unlimited tea and coffee for £19.50 per person or add a class of champagne for £24.50 per person. Read the full review… 

Harvey Nichols, Victoria Quarter, 107-111 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6AZ.

11. Patisserie Valerie

Patisserie Valerie cakes

Another French tearoom that’s happily embraced our British traditions, Patisserie Valerie put on a lovely afternoon tea spread in their two Leeds cafes. It’s designed to be shared, so you’re looking at £25 for both of you or £30 with a glass of prosecco each – and for just £5 extra, why wouldn’t you?

With three tiers of food to work your way through, it’s fair to say that you won’t leave Patisserie Valerie hungry. There’s the sandwiches, cut into delicate fingers, followed by two scones each – one plain, one fruit, with the obligatory clotted cream and jam. Cakes are the speciality here and they haven’t been forgotten, with miniatures of their favourites, including the Victoria sandwich, carrot & walnut and double chocolate mousse slice. Read the full review… 

Patisserie Valerie, 8 St Paul’s Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2LE.

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