Last Sunday I met with my friends for a spot of dog
stalking watching whilst indulging in one of the prettiest afternoon teas you ever did see. Situated looking out over the scenic views of Roundhay Park, grab yourself a window seat and watch the world – mainly runners and dog walkers – go happily by.
It made for the loveliest Sunday out as this place has one of the best dining spaces, it’s so spacious, light and airy which means you’re never sat too close to another table; and the atmosphere was super relaxed and chilled out. Service was really attentive, we never had to wait really for anything, and I honestly felt like I was having afternoon tea in my own home – just with taller ceilings and more impressive window views!
Now aside from the food looking very, very pretty I thought it was brilliant value for money; it’s priced for two people and costs just £30.50 for the both of you (or £41.50 with prosecco) and this includes a soft or hot drink of your choice – tip, go for the hot chocolate with the works! As it’s priced for two, it works out better if you dine in an even number, but there were three of us and we were given the option of having just the one portion between three of us, or going for two portions (which would serve four) obviously, we went for two portions. However we struggled, we really struggled and in retrospect the serving for two would have happily been enough for the three of us – we took home lots of boxed up leftovers. So at just over £15 each, I think that’s a rather good offering…
There’s a huge variety of sandwiches, with your traditional fillings; Wensleydale cheese with shallot & thyme marmalade; smoked salmon, cream cheese & cucumber; free range egg mayo with spring onion; and Yorkshire baked ham & English mustard… and they’re all served on different types of breads too. These are also served with chutneys, compotes and mini quiches. The dessert tray was full of mini macarons, the traditional scone with clotted cream and jam, the most indulgent chocolatey gooey brownie ever (seriously, it nearly finished me off) and a lovely Victoria sponge type cake – but I think these can vary each week.
I’d definitely return here and I think it would be a lovely place to take someone who’s visiting or is new to Leeds too. A chilled out, tasty, satisfyingly filling afternoon tea is what The Mansion can offer and for the price, compared to other afternoon tea’s, I don’t think you can ask for more.
The Mansion, Mansion Ln, Leeds LS8 2HH. For bookings call 0113 269 1000.