I was recently invited to Browns Leeds to try their afternoon tea.
I’d never been to Browns, on the Headrow in Leeds Centre, before. It’s in a great location and the table I was sat looked out to the Town Hall. The restaurant and bar has a very grand feeling and the decor is classic.
Before we talk about the afternoon tea, I need to mention the impeccable service at Browns. From the chap at the bar to the lady who showed us to our table, the staff were friendly and approachable. In fact, not just approachable, they presented that they wanted to be there. So often I’ve visited establishments, especially at a weekend, and been served by the preoccupied Saturday Person who’d rather check their texts than make eye contact and this couldn’t have been further from my experience with Browns. Special mention to the gentleman who served us our tea and made sure that we were at ease and enjoyed everything about the experience.
The afternoon tea itself is very reasonable at £12.50 per person (minimum of 2) with the option to upgrade and enjoy this with a glass of Mercier champagne or Hendricks Gin and tonic. There is a choice of tea, I opted for English Breakfast while my friend had Earl Grey, which is loose leaf and of an excellent quality. Our waiter let us know that if the tea cooled down he would happily have it refreshed for us, although it wasn’t required in the end this is the kind of touch that sets Browns apart.
The brioche rolls were filled with salmon and cream cheese, egg and watercress and chicken and avocado and were delicious. Accompanying this were salted caramel profiteroles, red velvet cake, white chocolate mousse and lemon and Earl Grey Cake. We also had a plain and a sultana scone each served with strawberry jam and clotted cream.
You can see the choice is extensive but, where sometimes quality can suffer for quantity, every bite delivered a treat. My favourites were the white chocolate pot and the lemon and earl grey cake, which I do now want for my next birthday. The flavour of the tea really comes through against the sweet, tangy lemon – I’d recommend saving this until last! My only small criticism is that I’d like to see a little more savoury, perhaps another sandwhich each or a cheese instead of the plain scone, but really this is something or nothing.
Having tried the afternoon tea and finding it exquisite, I’m eager to visit Browns again this time on an evening. Their menu is reasonably priced, particularly given the high quality and excellent location and offers a range from burgers and pies to the delicious sounding duo of lamb. I can’t wait to return and sample dinner soon! The atmosphere at Browns is such that it’d suit people looking for somewhere for a romantic meal to friends catching up after a day of shopping; everywhere I looked people seemed to be having a wonderful afternoon and enjoying every bite of food and sip of drink that entered their lips.
If you’re in Leeds you can’t afford not to have afternoon tea with Browns.