Afternoon tea is a popular choice for Mother’s Day (11th March). JLife rounds up the cream of the crop from Leeds’ top tearooms for ideas to treat your mum…
Ain’t it Grand
Just Grand! is located in Leeds city centre’s Grand Arcade, which bustles with independent shops, bars and eateries. The vintage tearoom allows its visitors to step back in time with period décor, china tea cups and saucers, vintage tablecloths and background music.
Celebrating what it describes as the “quintessentially British” traditions of tea drinking and home baking, the quirky café will be marking Mother’s Day with a special event. Swing singer Richard Daniels will be providing the live entertainment as part of an afternoon tea package that includes a choice of prosecco, wine or sherry, as well as the usual three tiers of treats featuring finger sandwiches, a freshly-baked scone and homemade fruitcake with Wensleydale cheese. As everything is made in-house on the day, dietary requirements must be mentioned in advance, with the tearoom able to adapt its recipes to suit vegans.
Jameson’s Café & Tea Rooms in Oakwood is offering a decadent Mother’s Day menu, allowing you to truly splash out on Mothering Sunday. The special afternoon tea platter includes a glass of Jameson’s house Champagne, handmade chocolates and scones, as well as cake and a selection of finger sandwiches including French brie and cucumber, and roast chicken, rocket and lemon mayonnaise. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available.
Brew for Two
Housed in the former headquarters of the famous Tetley Brewery, The Tetley is a contemporary art space that also has its own highly-rated bar and kitchen – meaning you can make a real family day out of the excursion.
If you’re feeling peckish, once you’ve had your fill of art and culture, unwind with a pit stop for afternoon tea. The latest menu features The Tetley’s very own beer fruit or regular scone, jam and clotted cream, as well as fruit loaf with a wedge of Wensleydale cheese and a range of sandwiches and cakes. Vegan and gluten-free versions must be requested in advance.
Leave the city behind for a spot of afternoon tea at Weetwood Hall Estate. The grand hotel is a Grade II listed building, and its surrounding grounds and landscaped gardens make for a scenic backdrop.
Visitors can celebrate Mother’s Day with a leisurely afternoon tea that encompasses traditional finger food and Yorkshire Tea, served in the on-site restaurant, Convive. For a little extra fizz, a glass of prosecco can also be added for £4.95 per person, and vouchers can also be purchased as gifts.
At Le Chalet, a tearoom with a French twist, there is the chance to tailor your own afternoon tea. Peruse an extensive menu that allows you to pick two sandwiches, two canapes, and two cakes or desserts, plus one macaroon and one scone with a choice of jam or Cornish clotted cream.
There are fixed price add-ons for supplementing your afternoon tea with wine or Champagne, and a range of imaginative sandwich fillings include roasted red pepper and cream cheese, and brie and tomato with onion chutney or olives. Lucky mums!