Hey there Teacups! My fiancé and I recently paid another visit to Just Grand Vintage Tearoom in Leeds and as always, we had an amazing time there, so I had to feature them in this series again. It’s been a while since I’ve written a Let’s Talk Tearooms post, so this recent visit happened just at the right time. Before I get into telling you all about our most recent visit if you haven’t had the chance to read my first post featuring Just Grand you can find that here. (It’s much more of an introductory post than this one and features a lot of info about the tearoom itself as well as a rundown of our first visit)The day we revisited Just Grand was a gloriously sunny day and my fiancé and after we had spent the day exploring Leeds and all the wonderful stores it has to offer we really did need a rest and we couldn’t think of anywhere better to sit down and rest than one of our favourite Tearooms out there right now. Last time we visited everything about Just Grand (and Leeds actually) was extremely new to me and I wasn’t sure what to expect from it at all but this time around I knew exactly what to expect and I couldn’t have been more excited about it. It’s such a comforting environment for me and every aspect of it down to the vintage china they serve you tea and food in/on, the knitted blankets on each chair just in case it gets cold and the 50’s décor create a space that honestly couldn’t be more me. A lot of the smaller details they have remind me of my great grandma and knowing how much visiting would have made her smile makes my heart happy I think of her every time we visit.This time around we were sat at the John Denver table and while It resulted in me having leaving on a jet plane stuck in my head for a good few hours it was also right by one of the windows, so it meant I had a lot of natural light for pictures. While I had struggled in the heat for most of the day I was thankful it was bright and sunny outside and not grey and overcast not only because it wouldn’t have made for good pictures but also because the sun always puts me in such a happy mood and that paired with a visit to one of my favourite places put a huge smile on my face that didn’t disappear even after we left. As soon as we sat down and got situated a member of sat came right to us and asked us what we wanted to order this time the decisions were much easier to make.On our first visit everything on the menu was so new to me and even though I looked up what they had before we went It still took me a lot time to decide what I wanted to eat & drink but this time I knew what to expect (even though they had added some new options to the tea menu) and I had decided on the tea I was going to have before we even left the house to get the train to Leeds. Tea wise this time around I went for their Chocolate Orange (black tea based) blend which was a new addition to the tea menu this time around. As soon as I saw it on the menu the day before we went I knew that’s what I had to get I’m a sucker for anything chocolate orange, so it was a very easy decision. Just like last time I enjoyed it to no end the black tea used was strong and robust, but the malt notes didn’t overpower the orange at all and the subtle sweetness of the blend paired very well with the food I had chosen to eat while we were there. (I drank mine straight with no sugar or milk as it really didn’t need either)Food wise as I always do when we go to tea rooms I was for one of their homemade scones on out first visit I had a Caramac scone (which was amazing) but as their scones of the day change each day I couldn’t go down that road again so instead I carried on the chocolate theme and went for their chocolate chip scone with clotted cream and jam of course. While I enjoyed the Caramac scone I had on out first visit this one was so much better and definitely my favourite of the two. It had just the right amount of crumble to it but was still quite moist and didn’t dry out my mouth at all (I find that scones can be quite drying sometimes) it was baked perfectly as I could break it apart evenly without the use of a knife. The only thing I would have changed about it is that I probably would have served it hot/warm as I feel the chocolate would have added even more indulgence to it if it was gooey and melting. For all you men out there that think you wouldn’t enjoy Just Grand this is what my Fiancé thought of our time there:
‘’During our recent visit, I had the Organic Assam Choice Estate tea, and a Chocolate Chip Scone. The tea itself was very much what is to be expected from an Assam, although it is evident that this tea was grown and picked from a quality estate. It was deep and crisp with a subtle sweetness and could easily be drank at any time of the day. The scone, which I believe was homemade, was light and buttery and left a comfortable feeling of satisfaction after eating. The pairing of the two made for a pleasant makeshift cream tea in a wonderful setting.
This establishment has certainly become a regular haunt for us when we are in the area, and if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and want some great tea as well, you should make this place a regular haunt of yours too.’’ – Tad
Overall Tearoom Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Just Grand and book a visit you can do that here. As always if you have any questions either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley & Tad