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28-12-2010, 08:27   #1
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I have used the search function but the threads are a few years old and wondered if anyone had a more recent experience.

I'm looking for a lovely afternoon tea (the whole sandwiches, cakes and scones rather than a cream tea). I've seen Leopold Hotel and St Paul's. What are these like? We've been bought a Spa Experience at 1877 so wondered about going there mid morning, then walking down to somewhere lovely (a bit luxurious) for afternoon tea. So ideally somewhere in Sheffield rather than a drive away.

Anyone had any lovely/awful experiences we should know about?
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28-12-2010, 08:28   #2
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My OH sometimes goes to St. Pauls and really enjoys it. I think you can pay a bit more and get a glass of champagne included which might be nice.
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28-12-2010, 08:46   #3
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There's a tea shop on Surrey Street, in the row with the Sheffield Scene, pen shop and Taylor-Taylor. Lovely little place.
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28-12-2010, 08:46   #4
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If you want a really special afternoon tea try The Ritz in London, I know not on this occasion but if you want a special day out try that, about 40 per person but you get the lot in the Palm Court
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28-12-2010, 08:52   #5
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The St Paul is a classic afternoon tea but there's a great place just at the side of M&S back door on Chapel Walk.

I've had afternoon tea there and it was lovely, a Sheffield* version of Betty's

*cheaper, in other words!
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28-12-2010, 09:05   #6
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I used the Charity Unleashed voucher last year at the Leopold Hotel. I think it was the most expensive option which included a glass of champagne and I thought it was lovely, very civilised. It's not something I would have done ordinarily so not sure how it compares to St Paul's etc.
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28-12-2010, 09:12   #7
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Andrews on Chapel walk, (the one that goes from the crucible to fargate)
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28-12-2010, 09:19   #8
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Great ideas, thank you

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If you want a really special afternoon tea try The Ritz in London, I know not on this occasion but if you want a special day out try that, about 40 per person but you get the lot in the Palm Court
Actually this is what my mum wants to give us ...but it's a long old haul to London and thought this would make a nice alternative. And the other half is not as keen on the whole 'afternoon tea' option as I am.
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28-12-2010, 09:30   #9
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I used the Charity Unleashed voucher last year at the Leopold Hotel. I think it was the most expensive option which included a glass of champagne and I thought it was lovely, very civilised. It's not something I would have done ordinarily so not sure how it compares to St Paul's etc.
We used our voucher here too - and thought it was awful.

Dried up sandwiches which had clearly been prepared hours before (came wrapped in cellophane (nice!) , dry scones with basic jams - if I had paid the 20 per head they were priced at I would have been sorely put out!
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28-12-2010, 09:44   #10
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Iv been to the Leopold Hotel a few times with friends as they live in London and we dont get to see each other often.
We go as a treat and we have the sandwiches, scones, choice of a hot drink (hot choc is nice) and the glass of champagne.
I would recommend it.
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28-12-2010, 10:45   #11
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Iv been to the Leopold Hotel a few times with friends as they live in London and we dont get to see each other often.
We go as a treat and we have the sandwiches, scones, choice of a hot drink (hot choc is nice) and the glass of champagne.
I would recommend it.
Perhaps - as this is now two votes in favour - we were simply unfortunate the day we went.
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28-12-2010, 13:05   #12
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Andrews on Chapel walk, (the one that goes from the crucible to fargate)
seconded. their food is lovely, and the service is great.
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I know its a bit further that the middle of Sheffield, but we went to Chatsworth House a few months ago and it was absolutely gorgeous!! Would definitely recommend it!
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Great ideas, thank you



Actually this is what my mum wants to give us ...but it's a long old haul to London and thought this would make a nice alternative. And the other half is not as keen on the whole 'afternoon tea' option as I am.
It's not JUST afternoon tea, it's an experience not to be missed, We took my M.I.L for her 80th and went first class on the train, got 4 seats for 80 return,taxi to the Ritz, What a day, I'll remember it all my life

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28-12-2010, 14:58   #15
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The little cafe in the Botanical Gardens. We always go there when we visit Sheffield. Don't know when it's open though. Might be seasonal?

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It's such a shame that 'Tuckwoods' no longer exists .
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My Mum used to take me to Tuckwoods when I was a child. Does anyone remember "Davies" (I think it was called) in Haymarket, upstairs in the building opposite the Wilkinsons? Spotless white tablecloths, heavy cutlery, tea/coffee pots, and fast efficient waitresses. What lovely memories this has stirred. Thank you.

I hope you find your teashop and have memories, like mine, that will last you a lifetime.
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28-12-2010, 16:50   #18
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My Mum used to take me to Tuckwoods when I was a child. Does anyone remember "Davies" (I think it was called) in Haymarket, upstairs in the building opposite the Wilkinsons? Spotless white tablecloths, heavy cutlery, tea/coffee pots, and fast efficient waitresses. What lovely memories this has stirred. Thank you.

I hope you find your teashop and have memories, like mine, that will last you a lifetime.
"Davys" I think, cytine. Yes, wonderful spot. Many happy memories. It was my favorite aunt's favorite spot so when we were kids she often took us there.
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28-12-2010, 16:56   #19
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I have used the search function but the threads are a few years old and wondered if anyone had a more recent experience.

I'm looking for a lovely afternoon tea (the whole sandwiches, cakes and scones rather than a cream tea). I've seen Leopold Hotel and St Paul's. What are these like? We've been bought a Spa Experience at 1877 so wondered about going there mid morning, then walking down to somewhere lovely (a bit luxurious) for afternoon tea. So ideally somewhere in Sheffield rather than a drive away.

Anyone had any lovely/awful experiences we should know about?
Do try the Leopold Hotel, we had a voucher for afternoon tea through the Charity Unleashed booklet from Weston Park Hospital last year and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. So much so, that I would definitely pay to go and take my mum for mother's day etc. Lovely sandwiches, with a glass of champagne, choice of tea/coffee and homemade scones with jam and cream. Absolutely delicious and lovely staff.
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28-12-2010, 17:17   #20
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I had afternoon tea at a function at the Beauchief Hotel recently, and it was faultless, beautifully presented, and delicious.
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