Saturday, 2 August 2014

Cake & Tea, French-Style Anyone?


I think I am a tad exhausted today.

It seems that the past week has just been very busy and so full on with day-trips and visits out of some sort - I'm shattered.

But that's what the holidays are all about.

Fun, Fun, Fun.

And naturally, no week would be complete without a pop on over to Leeds to see some of my blogging lovelies - this time, my Leeds stop off was in order to feast my eyes upon another lovely little menu.

No complaints from me.


And the menu of choice was situated within the small, but perfectly formed Le Chalet on Park Row (see here) - a lovely little French tearoom and bakery.



I do love the great little places Leeds has to offer.

But I must admit that not only had I never visited this tearoom before, I didn't even know it existed.

Oops.

To be honest though, I really am quite rubbish when it comes to Leeds and knowing where things are - you'd never know that I spent a whole three years of my life at Uni in the City if you were to assess my total lack of Leeds-Knowledge.

However, this is why I love events like this - they introduce me to all of the lovely little gems that I would otherwise be missing out on.

And Le Chalet is certainly a little tea-and-cake-lovers gem.

It is very prettily decorated - I think if I could have manged to take the beautiful mirror home with me then I would have nipped it from the wall in no time.




I do love pretty things.

The tearoom, as expected, offers a large selection of tea varieties - eighteen to be exact - and they are all served up in these very cute little glass teapots.



A lovely vanilla infused tea was my flavour of choice - it was yum - even my eight year old, who was my plus one for the afternoon, absolutely loved it too.

Oh - a very good time to mention that Le Chalet are really child friendly - so child friendly in fact that they offer a "Kids Eat Free" option during the school holidays - which is just a brilliant incentive for us parents.

Kiddies don't come cheap ya know.

Plus, the more times you visit the more you save, because the tearoom offers a loyalty card scheme too - buy six hot drinks and recieve one free.


Good Stuff.

As expected, Le Chalet offer a range of cakes - which were huge and looked just amazing - and an array of different yummy sweet treats



Their afternoon tea certainly looked very tempting 


But then again, being a French bakery I think I had an expectation that all of the sweet things would be amazing anyway - and they really were.

Especially the Choux Pastry and the scone with jam...all that was missing was the cream...

Hmmmmm...

What I didn't expect though was to be presented with such a range of lovely warm dishes that the tearoom also have on their menu.



Every dish I tried and sampled...and I did try quite a lot of them...was very flavoursome, cooked perfectly and tasted pritty amazing.




I wasn't always a hundred percent sure of the names of everything I was eating, but nevertheless it was all great.

My guest of honour certainly thought so too.


He really enjoyed the food and I loved the fact that at no point did I feel alienated for bringing my son along.

We were welcomed and my son was spoken to and felt really included by the lovely, very friendly owners and staff.

It made such a difference to our experience and helped us feel at ease and enjoy ourselves more.

A happy child means a happy Mum after all.


Thanks lots for having us Le Chalet - I'm sure I'll be stopping by again soon...my tea loving son in tow too...


Tea Pots at the ready

*food provided as part of a PR event. Words, opinions and pictures all my own
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