As a Leeds Food Blogger it’s so rare I’m invited to events that aren’t in the city, even though I’m from a small town closer to Halifax and Huddersfield.I was really pleased when I was asked to go to the launch of Berties Elland Afternoon Tea, so I booked a half day from work and took my mum along with me to try the new offering. In the interests of transparency, I thought I was going to review afternoon tea, but due to crossed wires this didn’t happen. I’m therefore talking about what happening on the day, and I’m unable to advise whether you should be going for afternoon tea or not.
Berties is well known locally for hosting events like proms, wedding receptions, golf club dinners and similar. I’ve definitely been to a few things in the upstairs ballroom but I’ve never been in the daytime, and I’ve never left there sober. I was intrigued to try their afternoon tea offering as it’ll be great to have something fancy locally-I’d like to take my Grandma. In the end, the PR company who invited us arranged for us to have some sandwiches, as I’d mentioned how hungry I was having gone straight from work expecting afternoon tea. Berties were bringing around canapes, miniature versions of some of the things that would be served normally. Due to the number of people, we only got to try a couple of the canapes as most went past our table. As I’ve said at the beginning of this post, I can’t comment on whether the afternoon tea offering at Berties is worth the £17.50 per person price (or 125ml glass of Belstar white or pink Prosecco £22.50 per person with a glass of Prosecco, £25 per person with a glass of Champagne) so if you’ve been or you choose to go, please let me know your thoughts.
The decor of the tea room is absolutely beautiful. Lots of flowers, and mismatched china, makes it a really fancy place, somewhere you’d go for a nice treat. The couple of canapes we tried were nice and the cakes we were able to take home were tasty-very rich, we couldn’t eat a full one, but still tasty. I’m not sure how many cakes you get with afternoon tea, so it might not be too rich overall.
We did enjoy the afternoon, and the atmosphere-although I’m not sure whether there’ll be a piano player normally, and of course the room may not be full for your usual afternoon tea. I think it’s great that there’s going to be afternoon tea locally but the price seems a bit steep for Elland-there’s lots of cafes where you can get a sandwich, tea and a slice of cake for less than that and as I don’t know the quantity of food you’ll get at Berties, I wouldn’t be going myself at this time. If you’ve been, please let me know how you got on and whether you thought the experience was worth the price.
*This post was written in return for my invite to the event. I wouldn’t usually write a post that’s not a review, but because I agreed to in return for going, I’ve written this. All thoughts, words and opinions are my own.