Best Afternoon Tea in Leeds
Extend your pinkies, pick up a steaming cup of Yorkshire Tea and dine in decadence with our guide to the Best Afternoon Tea in Leeds. Founded in the 1840s by Queen Victoria, a royal mid-day lunch that puts you on until dinner was created and took off globally. We’ve picked the best to suit all occasions. They’ll be lots of tradition served with British decorum, a side order of the idyllic Yorkshire scenery and even the inclusion of gin, all served up on a pretty plate stand in possibly the best city for Afternoon Tea, Leeds.
Afternoon Tea in Leeds City Centre
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You’ve heard of ‘ladies that lunch’ and Leeds is a prime spot for that, but we believe it’s all about the mid-afternoon dining experience of Afternoon Tea. A perfect way to curb your hunger after hitting the shops is a visit to one of the city’s preferred spots for Afternoon Tea, Harvey Nichols. Enjoy a selection of the finest sweet and savoury treats under Victoria’s Quarter’s stunning glass ceiling, together with a range of loose leaf teas and speciality coffees.
Harvey Nichols Espresso Bar, Leeds, LS1 6AZ – 0113 204 8888
One of Leeds’ best restaurants LIVIN’ Italy, brings a taste of la dolce vita with their brand new Italian afternoon tea. From delicious pizzette (mini pizzas), slow-cooked short beef sliders, Italian chocolate cube cake, tiramisu and so much more. All complemented with your choice of Prosecco or Aperol Spritz cocktails. Located in the city’s popular Granary Wharf area behind Leeds train station.
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LIVIN’Italy, Granary Wharf, Leeds LS1 4BR – 0113 2430090
Surrounded by Leeds trendiest of bars and restaurants, Dakota’s set-up is sleek, fashionable and stylish so they stand out from the crowd with their modern take on drinking and dining. They don’t only promise ‘impeccable service’ but with the option of either Cream Tea for just £12.50 pp or Afternoon Tea for £23.50 pp, we think the price is pretty impeccable too. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and four sweet treats to graze on, these minimalistic connoisseurs of cocktails also know how to serve one of the best afternoon teas in Leeds. Dakota is also a sumptuous boutique hotel, voted one of the best, not just in Yorkshire but in the whole of the UK.
Dakota Hotel, 8 Russel Street, Leeds, LS1 5RN – 0113 322 6261
Crafthouse pride themselves on fine dining and what better way to showcase it by an invitation to the 5th floor of the Trinity. This stunning sky-high location is one of the best spots to see the city with floor to ceiling windows that perfectly complement the contemporary interior. Expect a twist on the famous finger food where guests can feast on smoked salmon and crème Fraiche charcoal scones, blue cheese and walnut quiche and yuzu tarts, together with the option of free-flowing Prosecco to accompany your afternoon.
Level 5 Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6HW – 0113 837 0444
Located on the top floor of the stunning Victoria Gate Shopping Centre, an inventive take on the classic English Afternoon Tea sits inside a Japanese inspired restaurant. Issho means ‘together’ and it promises you’ll be just that, with a side of sushi rolls, spicy pork bao buns and a selection of sweets. Swill this creative afternoon treat down with Japanese teas such as Sencha, Hojicha, and Konacha for just £25 pp. Their Sakura Secret Garden is an oasis of plush sofas and lush greenery, so if the weather holds up for your afternoon tea in Leeds, the oriental feel can be paired with stunning views of the city. Though, if English tradition keeps and the weather darkens, Issho’s roof terrace is covered and heated, making a cosy al fresco experience.
Issho, Victoria Gate, 3rd Floor Rooftop, Leeds, LS2 7AU – 0113 426 5000
One of the most popular spots for large groups due to its spacious and open décor and renowned title, The Ivy is the perfect place to find one of the Best Afternoon Tea in Leeds. Stylish, sophisticated and located in the spectacular Victoria Quarter, the historic building becomes the royal host. The venue is all things extravagant, with pastel paintings and thrilling features and is most definitely an experience you will not forget. Afternoon Tea consists of three savoury sandwiches, followed by celebration cakes, with plenty of tea or coffee to complement. But, be sure to save some room for a scrumptious scone with all the trimmings.
The Ivy, Victoria Quarter, Vicar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6BB – 0113 388 6222
Stunning views from the skies of Leeds, signature cocktails from professionally trained mixologists and an Afternoon Tea they call, ‘a Modern Twist on a Timeless Classic’. Taking bookings 7-days-a-week, the Sky Lounge promises three tiers of the British classics, for just £24.95.
Out of Town – Afternoon Tea in the Leeds Area
Situated just out of Leeds, Harewood House is a lovely location for the family to spend an afternoon together. It’s oozing with heritage, history, and character so finish a morning of exploring the stately home and its surrounding land, with tea and scones in the Terrace Tearoom, overlooking Yorkshire’s celebrated scenery. For pre-bookings, Harewood House offers delicate finger sandwiches, home-made scones and a pot of tea or coffee in the newly opened Billiard Room, a quintessentially British location to fit the mood.
Harewood House Trust, Harewood House, Leeds, LS17 9LG – 0113 218 1010
In the sleepy suburbs of the city lies is one of the best afternoon teas in Leeds and Yorkshire at this 4-star Hotel and Spa. Oulton Hall prides themselves on tradition, making their own iconic scones from scratch and even having their own Oulton blend of tea. Their fresh sandwiches consist of Duck Egg and Chive and their scones, Rhubarb and Cherry, served from their delightful Butlers in the Drawing Room. Also serving a Children’s Menu for the little ones, a perfect place for a tea party for your own Mad Hatters. But, alternatively, if you are looking for the ultimate afternoon of tranquillity, upgrade to Gin Afternoon Tea from just £32 pp or Champagne Afternoon Tea from £35 and truly appreciate the magnificence of the Mansion’s many amenities.
Oulton Hall, Rothwell Lane, Leeds, LS26 8HN – 0113 282 1000
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