The tradition began as a Royal's request for an afternoon snack to ward off hunger pangs, but it's now a welcome excuse to indulge on a selection of finger sandwiches, scones topped with jam and cream and delicious cakes. There are plenty of bars and restaurants serving afternoon tea in Leeds, from traditional offerings and boozy deals to the more adventurous. Here, we've rounded up 10 of the best afternoon tea selections in the city:
5. The Ivy
Enjoy afternoon tea every day of the week at The Ivy, between 3pm-5pm. The quirky menu includes truffled chicken brioche roll, a lemon and raspberry doughnut with pink lemonade and pistachio nasturtium crème brûlée. Pair it with a selection of tea and coffee, or add a glass of champagne.
6. Sky Lounge
The Double Tree hotel’s rooftop bar offers a selection of decadent treats in its afternoon tea, giving the tradition a modern twist with a boozy finish. Expect savouries such as a prawn and avocado wrap with chilli creme fraiche, sweets like tart au citron and drinks including pornstar cocktail delice and a Pimms jelly cup.
7. Oulton Hall Hotel
The afternoon tea at Oulton Hall includes homemade cakes, finger-sized sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and a classic selection of tea. There’s also a vegan afternoon tea menu, full of plant-based recipes including sandwiches, scones, cakes and drinks. Indulge in a Hendricks gin and tonic or a glass of bubbly.
Try something new with a Japanese-inspired afternoon tea at Issho. Sushi bites and a selection of savouries, including prawn toast and veg gyoza, are followed by caramel purin, a miso and chocolate brownie, matcha cheesecake and a yuzu and raspberry tart. Go bottomless with free-flowing prosecco.