Cafes in Leeds: things to know before you go
Not sure where to find the best cafes near you? We’ve answered all of your most common questions to make finding them that little bit easier.
Where are the best dog-friendly cafes in Leeds?
If you're out and about in Leeds with your four-legged friend, it can be useful to know which venues are happy to accept dogs. To save you time asking friends for tips and trawling through websites, here are some of the best pro-pooch cafes in town.
- Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa. This delightful dining spot, set in a stunning woodland backdrop, is the perfect place for you and your dog to drop by after a magical walk in the countryside.
- High Trees Garden Centre. Not only will your pooch be welcome here, but you can buy them doggie treats and toys after you’ve done devouring the delicious pastries.
- Bundobust. It’s renowned citywide for its amazing Indian street food and craft ales, but if you need another reason to visit this spot near the station - surely its dog friendly credentials will clinch the deal.
What is afternoon tea?
Originating in the early 1840s within wealthy social circles, afternoon tea was a light meal designed to fill the hunger gap between lunch and dinner. While today we enjoy the very same array of delicately filled sandwiches, sweet cakes and pastries, it’s more of a social thing than an actual meal, best enjoyed in a luxurious setting. The ceremonial pomp of the afternoon tea continues to be a pleasurable treat with special friends and loved ones – treat yourself today
Where can I find the best afternoon tea in Leeds?
If you're craving a fancy croissant and a few crust-less cucumber sandwiches, you'll be pleased to know there are quite a few places to enjoy afternoon tea in Leeds. These days you can opt for a glass of prosecco or champagne to go with the assorted tempting treats too – ideal if you’re enjoying a day out in town.
- Fire Lake at Radisson Blu Leeds offers afternoon tea with chocolate-dipped strawberries and bubbly in their Grade II listed building.
- The afternoon treat at Britannia Leeds Bradford Airport Hotel and Spa also comes with full access to leisure facilities including hot tub, sauna and fitness. Alternatively, you might want to check out specific gym classes in Leeds.
Which are the best cafes in Leeds city centre?
Whether you're after a tasty lunch or coffee and a sandwich, the excellent range of cafes in the city centre and near Leeds train station are sure to satisfy.
- Seat with a view. With city and waterside views to gaze over, check out the Sky Lounge at the DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds for a luscious leek and smoked cheddar tartlet, followed by sticky pear and ginger cake.
- Indulgent afternoon tea. This traditional favourite at the Cosmopolitan Hotel offers a chocolate-themed twist, with fondant, a gooey chocolate brownie and chocolate chip scone, together with a choice of cocktails.
- Classic. The Queen’s is just a minute’s walk from the train station, and focused on serving up some classic teas in a stylish Art Deco interior. Enjoy crust-less sandwiches and delicious tea, with an optional glass of fizz.