A delicious celebration of all things vintage in Leeds

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It began life four years ago as one woman’s escape from the humdrum of office life, and as a tribute to a beloved friend.

But now, it’s become a genuine Leeds institution.

The Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom in the city centre’s Grand Arcade - also named as a nod to the nearby Grand Theatre - was started by Janine Martin after she left said goodbye to a 21-year career as a personal assistant.

Personal tragedy - the death of her best friend Fiona Whitling - spurred her to grasp her own life with both hands, and use her natural flair and love of vintage to maximum use.

Nowadays, the unashamedly girlie haven is one of the city’s best loved refreshment destinations, batheing in the warm glow of nostalgia and serving up an array of delicious cakes and pastries.

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