Afternoon Tea in Leeds

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

Are you the kind of person who uses the word ‘quintessential’? You’ll be looking for afternoon tea in Leeds then – and you’re in luck as there are plenty of options in Leeds, from traditional haunts that insist on bone china and a stiff upper lip, to more far-out options. Pinkies aloft, here are our favourite afternoon teas in Leeds!

Here are our picks

  • 1. Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom, Grand Arcade

    Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom Leeds

    Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom, Grand Arcade, 8-9 Grand Arcade, New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6PG - Visit now

    As made obvious by the name, this is all about the traditional British afternoon tea, suitably based in the Victorian Grand Arcade. If petticoats and home-baking are your bag, this is the place for you.

  • 2. Sky Lounge, Doubletree Hilton Hotel

    Sky Lounge Leeds
    Image Courtesy of Doubletree Hilton

    Sky Lounge, Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Granary Wharf, Leeds, LS1 4BR - Visit now

    One of the more glamorous options for afternoon tea, the 13th floor Sky Lounge offers stunning views over the Leeds skyline. If you fancy getting a bit squiffy, bottomless Prosecco is also an option, albeit a somewhat reckless one.

  • 3. Patisserie Valerie

    Patisserie Valerie Leeds

    Patisserie Valerie, 8 St Paul's St, Leeds, LS1 2LE - Visit now

    It might be a chain patisserie but they sure know how to make the fanciest of pastries. Chow down on some luxury cake here while enjoying a quality brew.

  • 4. Harewood House

    Harewood House
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    Harewood House, Sandy Gate,, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LE - Visit now

    If you’re feeling regal, sample the afternoon tea on offer at Harewood House’s south-facing terrace. High-end sandwiches and cakes are the name of the game, in wonderful Georgian-era surroundings.

  • 5. Oranaise


    Oranaise, 1 The Crescent, Leeds, LS6 2NW - Visit now

    And lastly, how about something a little different? Oranaise is a North African cafe with a smart range of Moroccan and Algerian teas (we recommend the iced mint tea) and freshly-made cakes and baklava. Give the Union Jack a rest, and give this delightful place a whirl.

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