Leeds is a hub of quirky and quaint places to grab a bite to eat and there are many a cafe to choose from. I visited Le Chalet earlier in the year with some friends and vowed to take my mum for afternoon tea in the future because it was so lovely.
Last week, we arrived earlier than our booking on a Saturday afternoon but were welcomed straight away and perused the set menu for the 'Afternoon Tea' experience. There were a selection of sandwiches to choose from and drink options including a pot of any of their speciality teas which take up an entire page there are so many.
NOTE: Their Vanilla Tea is divine. Trust me.
We opted for tuna and sweetcorn and salmon sandwiches and they arrived shortly after on a platter along with canapés, sweet treats and scones. Afternoon tea never looks like much more than nibbles but believe me, it is filling trying out so many different cakes!
I had my first ever macaron (shock, horror that I've never tried one before) and I'm sad to say I don't think they're my sort of dessert. My mum however, has a super sweet tooth and loved her electric blue selection.
I'd say the 'Afternoon Tea' experience is good value for money at £12.95 per person. You get a wide selection and let's be honest, you're definitely not going to get the quality and the choice at a Costa Coffee round the corner. I bought my mum a gift voucher previous to our booking which is a lovely little something to put inside a card if you want to treat a loved one. These are available on their website or just pop in - they'll help you out!
Although it was fairly busy on a Saturday afternoon, the seating arrangements are 'cosy' to say the least. Opt for a larger table than your party, if available. I imagine it would have given us more room to manoeuvre with our huge stand of food, too! They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner options, 'tea tasting sessions', as well as a selection of cakes and hot drinks to takeaway if you're in a hurry.
The staff are friendly, they're happy to help if you ask and the food was definitely a winner.
Overall, Le Chalet has a lovely atmosphere and is a great place to treat your mum to this selection or simply catch up with a friend over a chocolate eclair.