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The Tiled Hall Café at Leeds Art Gallery
Benn and Michael, #teaclub
The beautiful tiled interior can be a shock at first sight
Fresh from Michael's holidays we were both keen to get back on the rail and go off exploring more great tea serving places in Yorkshire.

We typically meet on Mondays or Tuesdays but as Benn has somehow prioritised a wedding over a tea room, he was unavailable and so it was up to Michael who went in search of tea in Leeds. Like our Hebden Bridge review this is a 2-part special. Take it away Michael.

I woke up to a grey and cloudy Yorkshire but this wasn't going to stop me from popping out of the house for a brew. After blindfolding myself and pointing at a random place on a poster of a map of Leeds, it was decided that Leeds would be the destination.

Hoping for a few fans of the column to turn out for my arrival I got my pen out expecting an autograph frenzy. I wasn't disappointed though and made my way to the Tiled Hall Café which is found inside Leeds Art Gallery.

When I walked in I couldn't believe my eyes. It was a hall that featured Victorian tiles and marble columns throughout. It's hard to believe how this room fell out of use in the latter stages of the 20th Century. It was revived in 2007 and for that I want to say thank you.

I ordered a pot of loose leaf Darjeeling as I felt that such a historical venue demanded one of the finest teas. I even took this celebration even further and ordered a fruit scone.

When sat down at my table I was looking around in awe of this magnificent piece of architectural brilliance, so much so that I almost missed my cup when pouring the tea for the first time.

Darjeeling and scones
I can see why this would be a popular place for a lunch hour as by mid-day the place was filling out nicely. One of the best things about my hour spent here was just feeling so relaxed and grateful to be in Yorkshire.

The tea was as first class as a first class postage stamp and Benn has missed a real treat here. I have never really appreciated art but felt obliged to pay homage to the gallery and went on a walk round. I have to admit that the many exhibits and paintings were stunning and indeed works of art, in particular the paintings, many of which were gigantic.

Feeling inspired by my visit I left the building and contemplated jumping and clicking my heels. Although this never materialised I did have a wonderful visit and would thoroughly recommend this café to anyone who is art-tea. Ok I'll stop.

If you would like to pop in to see some fabulous art and enjoy a cup of tea then you can find the website at http://www.boutique-catering.co.uk/our-venues/the-tiled-hall.php.

In next week's column I make the epic walk of 0.5 miles to another gem of a tea room. Yorkshire Day may be over but there are plenty of places left to shout about.


More articles in this series...
The Tea Room, Harrogate
#Teaclub Review: Vanilla One
One Simply Can't Go Abroad Without Tea
#Teaclub Review : ForTeas, Keighley: Steeping Back In Time
#Teaclub Review: The Towngate Tearoom, Heptonstall - An Epic Discovery At The Top Of A Mountain (Felt Like One!)
#Teaclub Review: The Organic House Cafe, Hebden Bridge - A Cracking Place To Stop
#teaclub Review: Afternoon Tea And Victorian Charm At The Midland Hotel, Bradford
The Tiled Hall Café at Leeds Art Gallery, 6th August 2013, 9:30 AM