You can enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea, all finger sandwiches, fresh scones and dainty pastries, with a festive Yuletide twist.
There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by enjoying a festive spin on afternoon tea and these Leeds venues have theirs down to a tee. You can enjoy multiple tiers laden with turkey and stuffing sandwiches, miniature yule logs and warming mince pies, all while sipping plentiful cups of tea in seasonal surroundings. Why not complete the spread with a glass of bubbles? It’s Christmas after all. Find yourself a fellow foodie, it’s time to indulge.
An 18th-century manor in the outskirts of Leeds, Oulton Hall is a spectacular setting for a festive afternoon tea. You can enjoy views over the landscaped gardens from their Drawing Room as you keep warm by the fire. To top off the experience, your three-tiers of Yorkshire-inspired treats will be brought to you by a butler on silver service.
You’ll get five different finger sandwiches with fillings like peppered beef smothered with beetroot chutney and smoked salmon with lemon crême fraîche, before you indulge your sweet tooth. A Yorkshire tea loaf will come with a generous helping of Wensleydale cheese and your scones will be freshly-made with pots of clotted cream and strawberry preserve to spread on. Handmade pastries will accompany your tea and coffee.
Outlon Hall, Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8HN. The festive afternoon tea starts from £24 per person.
Yard and Coop
The city’s favourite chicken restaurant Yard and Coop has put a festive spin on their irresistible menu of fried goods. Served in their cool, laid-back eatery, this three-tiered feast is a force to be reckoned with. It’s loaded with buttermilk fried chicken, which comes with a sweet yet salty bacon jam. Add golden fries, parsnip crisps and lashings of gravy for a statement first tier.
Next up is stuffing balls, deep-fried brie and sticky sprouts. You can dip them into a selection of their home-made sauces, including chip shop curry and a secret-recipe cheese sauce. Then, for the grand finale, you’ll get mini chocolate yule logs, fruity mince pies and fresh strawberries to dip in a pot of melted chocolate. Complete with a gin-based cocktail made with rhubarb tonic, fresh lime and raspberry jam, you won’t find another afternoon tea like it in Leeds.
Yard and Coop, 6-8 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ. The festive afternoon tea is £20 per person.
Harewood House will come to life this Christmas with a unique festive experience, so you can see gossiping statues, singing plates and moving paintings, before enjoying a luxurious afternoon tea. Why not bring the kids? They do a children’s afternoon tea, so the little ones can enjoy cheese straw twists, snowball macaroons and Rudolf cherry scones while you tuck into your own multi-tiered feast.
You can get things started with a miniature pork pie, before devouring an open prawn and Marie Rose sandwich and a drop scone topped with smoked salmon and horseradish. The savoury tier is finished with beautifully-assembled sandwiches filled with glazed ham and chutney, turkey with cranberry sauce and stilton and walnut. The sweet tier is bursting with a dainty mix of cakes and pastries, including a snow-topped muffin and a mince pie with brandy butter. To top it off, you’ll get a selection of boozy mulled wine jellies.
Harewood House, Sandy Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LE. The festive afternoon tea starts from £30 per adult and £15 per child. Adults can add an elderflower press for £4, a glass of prosecco for £7 or a glass of champagne for £10 each.
Luxury hotel Malmaison are back with another show-stopping Christmas afternoon tea this year. Served in their sophisticated Chez Mal brasserie, you’ll get two full tiers of Yuletide treats. They’ll treat you to a fillet of salmon marinated in soy sauce, lemongrass, chilli, ginger and coriander for 24 hours. Then it’s onto a mini beef burger in a sweet brioche bun, followed by a succulent pig in blanket roll and a chicken wrap with cranberry and creamy tarragon mayo.
You’ll get no less than five bitesized desserts. Pots of tirimasu, glazed chocolate roulade, warm mince pies, miniature Battenberg cakes and winter berry shakes – deciding which to eat first will be a toughie. Fruit scones with a hint of warming cinnamon complete the festive medley of desserts. As well as a glass of prosecco, you can take your pick from 10 different types of tea. Will you get a classic breakfast blend or go for something herbal like lemon and ginger?
Malmaison, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG. The festive afternoon tea is £24.95 per person.
If it’s utter indulgence you’re after, head to Browns. As the former banking hall of Leeds Permanent Building Society, it’s an undeniably grand place to enjoy a Christmassy afternoon tea. You’ll start with three different finger sandwiches filled with egg mayonnaise, sliced turkey and cream cheese with cucumber. Add in smoked salmon on rye and pork sausage with a brioche roll, their creative take on pigs in blankets, for a delicious savoury start to your spread.
The sweet tier has a medley of cakes, including a sugar-dusted Victoria sandwich and a tangy apricot and orange bakewell. There’s a Belgian chocolate yule log that’ll delight any chocolate-lovers and a raspberry and champagne marshmallow to complete the set. You can wash your food down with your choice of coffee or loose-leaf tea.
Browns, The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ. Their festive afternoon tea starts from £21 per person. You can add a gin and tonic for £16 per person or a glass of champagne for £27 per person.
Dakota’s executive chef Craig Rogan has created their luxury festive afternoon tea. You’ll be seated in their laid-back, low-lit cocktail lounge and treated to a welcome glass of mulled wine to start. Then, you’ll choose from a selection of fragrant teas, before they bring out the main event. Your stand will contain four different finger sandwiches, including ham sweetened with honey mustard and smoked salmon with a delicate coating of dill crême fraiche.
You’ll follow that with buttery scones that you can smother with clotted cream and strawberry jam, as well as a collection of winter-inspired desserts. With a deliciously rich dark chocolate yule log, a perfectly formed mince pie and a warming apple and cinnamon macaroon to choose from, you have a delicious spread ahead of you.
Dakota, 8 Russell Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RN. The festive afternoon tea is £25 per person. You can add two glasses of sparkling wine for £15 or two gin-based cocktails for £10.
You can enjoy the exquisite art deco surroundings of The Queens as you work through the festive afternoon tea. It’s one of the most famous hotels in Leeds, which makes it an obvious choice if you want impeccable service and traditional decor. This year, they’re offering a bottomless prosecco option, so you can sip endless glasses of fizz as you go.
You’ll start with a variety of finger sandwiches stuffed with delicious fillings like tuna with lemon crême fraiche and a classic roast turkey with cranberry sauce. Then it’s onto a medley of traditionally festive desserts. You can expect mince pies served with Christmas pudding cream and sultana scones with pots of strawberry preserve and clotted cream. To finish you’ll get dainty cakes to pair with a selection of herbal and breakfast teas.
The Queens, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1PJ. The festive afternoon tea is £18.95 per person and the bottomless prosecco festive afternoon tea in £29.50 per person.Cover image credit: Credit: Malmaison Hotels