Elegantly placed atop Trinity Leeds – high up above the city, Crafthouse is roof-top oasis surrounded by glass panels and finished with sleek interiors. It’s classy, it’s sophisticated and it’s the perfect spot to sip champagne and devour a delicious afternoon tea with loved ones.
We feel worlds away as we sip sparkly, soak up the atmosphere and indulge in some sweet and savoury snacks.
Lots of natural light, a contemporary elegance and a classic charm fills the space. The interiors pay homage to Leeds’ rich culture and heritage inspired by looms and ceiling rafts reminiscent of fabric reams.
In terms of the layout, it’s always nice to see an open kitchen – a bustling space that gives diners an insight into the inner workings of the kitchen. The restaurant is decked out with dark oak furniture, marble bar tops and laid-back, luxury seating. The contemporary marble tops combined with the classic wooden features reflects both past and present – echoing Leeds’ industrial heritage and the city’s newfound status as one of the most vibrant, metropolitan cities in Europe.
Afternoon Tea comes with a booze-less option, a Prosecco choice or the special Moet & Chandon afternoon tea. A glass of the good stuff is the perfect tipple for sweet treat on a drizzly summer afternoon – so we opt for the Moet & Chandon option. The champagne zips through the sweet and savoury flavours as we toast to a celebration above the Yorkshire city.
Lee Murdoch heads up the kitchen team at Crafthouse and Angelica. He arrived in Leeds from the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi where he was Chef de Cuisine at the 55&5th The Grill restaurant.
Combining local, Yorkshire produce with suppliers from the Scottish Highlands and beyond, eating seasonal is important at Crafthouse. Everything from the Afternoon Tea menu to the Tasting Menu, the A La Carte and the Sunday Lunch menu celebrates the very best of seasonal favourites, meaning the flavours are always going to be top quality and will perfectly reflect the time of year.
Lee Murdoch has clearly spent time carefully crafting a menu of sweet and savoury treats for the diners of Leeds to devour. Our Moet & Chandon Afternoon Tea (£28 pp) comes with a fine selection of sandwiches, sweet treats and of course, a lovely glass of the fizzy stuff.
Our colourful tower of tasty treats is filled with: egg and cress sandwiches, Yorkshire ham, tomato chutney, classic cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, smoked salmon scones, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, raspberry tarts, fruit macaroons and a milk chocolate praline torte.
The delicious afternoon tea experience is topped off with a choice of tea and coffee – followed by a fine selection of cocktail classics if you make your way upstairs to the Angelica cocktail terrace.