Posted on April 13, 2017
Every now and then, life presents an occasion for which a classic British afternoon tea is the answer. Outside of what can be, the busier eating times of lunch and dinner, it affords a far more relaxed setting in which to indulge a little luxury.
Crafthouse, located in Trinity Leeds launches it’s afternoon tea tomorrow (just in time for Easter); earlier this week I took Miss P to a preview tasting.
As any no-sugar, no-carb person would, I think agree, if you’re going to break rank on regular dietary disciplines, it needs to be worth it. This was!
The basic afternoon tea menu includes tea’s and coffee’s, with prosecco and Moet as optional extras.
One plate savoury, two sweet, I had wondered if Miss P would touch any of the savoury. The ‘mini burger’ style Yorkshire ham and tomato chutney buns went down a treat and in the end she only left the smoked salmon and charcoal cones for me.
Unlike other rather bland afternoon teas we’ve tasted, the flavours at play were superb and visually it looks fantastic – no standard three tier cake stands here!
The sweet plates were a delight. Raspberry tart, chocolate and praline torte (my favourite) and macaron were all simply heaven. The scones too (which can be a bad experience) were perfection.
Our afternoon tea experience at Crafthouse was one we didn’t pay for. It can be hard for any of us who read blogs, to know how genuinely authentic the author of a post is being if at all we have any idea whether or not they ‘got it free’. As a result, in summation, I try answer two very simple questions; “would I pay for it myself and would I return?” The answer is absolutely!
Afternoon Tea at Crafthouse is available Tuesday – Saturday 2pm – 4.45pm. Prices from £18pp. You can visit the Crafthouse website here
Posted on May 5, 2016
Banyan Leeds is the fourth ‘Banyan Bar & Kitchen’ to be opened in Yorkshire. Though you wouldn’t know from the exotic name, the ingredients are sourced from local suppliers; Banyan is very much a Yorkshire affair (and there’s 20% off for Lifestyle Yorkshire readers at the end of the post!)
Situated on the site of the Old Post Office in Leeds City Square, (directly opposite The Queens Hotel), it is in a fantastic location. Outdoor seating is always a must when the warmer temperatures arrive and there’s 120 covers to ensure not a moments rays will be missed.
Ahead of it’s launch on April 22nd I was invited to a blogger event which involved tasting bite-sized food and sampling cocktails. My taste buds were delighted!
The restaurant is split over two levels, downstairs has a simple industrial feel; upstairs is dark and decadent.
As the blogger event began, it became quickly apparent that they know what they’re talking about. From navigating the industry they’re in (hospitality/catering), to the details of the cocktails, wine and food… there’s thought gone into Banyan.
What results for you and I is a tantalising (and may I add, affordable) menu for breakfast, lunch, evening meal and late-night drinks.
Fussy eaters welcomed (my words not theirs); CEO Martin Wolstencroft reiterated the need to be on the ball with ever-increasing spectrum of dietary requirements. For example, at breakfast you could have a Full English, or pancakes. If neither of those is to your liking, there’s smashed avocado on toast, or you could go for Super Granola (No grains, no dairy, no gluten, no wheat, no sulphites)!
Our arrival drink, a pea and mint bellini.
Teriyaki belly pork. Am not a great lover of pork – these bites were incredible!
Crushed avocado & pea toasts. Crispy duck spring rolls. Vanilla cheesecake. Salted caramel and chocolate torte
When you’re left wanting more, it’s always a good sign. My return date to Banyan is booked for a few weeks time and am looking forward to full-sized meals, hopefully sat outside!
Banyan Leeds have kindly offered readers of LIFESTYLE YORKSHIRE 20% off. Simply quote LIFESTYLEYORKSHIRE20.
Posted on October 22, 2015
A couple of weeks ago went to the Light Night in Leeds, an annual multi-arts and light festival. Prior to going we checked it out online, there was going to be so much going on in so many different locations across the city, (’60 free arts events in 10 zones’), we were bound to miss out on something no matter what we did! We decided to head to the Trinity Centre and take it as it came.
Posted on February 3, 2015
Posted on May 29, 2014
“Can you take me shopping”… words I always like to hear because, although I don’t really get excited over the thought of going shopping, I’ve realised I’m just genuinely good at it… isn’t that funny…! Some hate it and I admit, if it’s crowded I can’t abide it, but little and often seems to be a good way to go!
It is lovely helping people spend their hard-earned pennies and then seeing them so happy in their new attire – ah joy! My muse for this weeks’ post agreed to me snapping away as it was too good a photographic opportunity not to make the most of, so off we went!
We only had a small window of two and a half hours (I like short and sweet shopping) and on the day we went it rained so hard….all day (did I say it rained?!!) so went to a nearby newly-opened shopping mall, The Trinity Centre in Leeds.
Although not looking for undergarments (at all), we spent a lot of time in Victoria’s Secret where, amongst other things, this shirt below was purchased. It has a fabulous Moroccan-type print, is slim-fitting and perfect over jeans or if you dare, with a longer slip underneath and just with sandals.
The below garment placed on the back of the fitting-room door was just so ‘ah are you kidding’ subtle…not. But the one thing I kept saying during our shop was “just try it on” . Nicola was so open to trying new things which made it a dream and the result, she now has so many new pieces she would never have dreamed of trying had she been shopping alone.
Had to feature some of the pieces at Ted Baker here because although very loud and bold which isn’t for everyone, it amazes me the prints, colours and fabrics the industry is now able to use… I cannot help but be amazed!
You can check out Typic here and if you fancy going on a shopping trip with me, The Butler, do get in contact or have a peek at my website to find out more here. Meanwhile do leave your thoughts below, it’s great when you guys connect and say ‘hi!’.