Tiled Hall Café
The Tiled Hall Café in the Leeds Art Gallery provides the perfect setting for lunch, breakfast or just a spot of quiet relaxation.
Formerly the main library reading room, this grand Victorian hall is covered in original turquoise and coloured tiles. They were covered up by shelving in the 1950s and ’60s. However, in 2007 artisans restored the space to its former glory to reveal the bright decorative tiles, plus gold details on the ceiling. They also rejuvenated the large granite and marble columns and dramatic archways, and revived the amazing parquet flooring made of oak, ebony and walnut. It’s difficult to understand why anyone ever covered up these stunning features. Sunlight pours in through tall arch windows, making it a light and beautiful space.
The hall is now a buzzing café offering teas, coffees, soup, sandwiches, cakes and all the usual treats. We ordered a pot of Yorkshire tea, sat down at and gazed in awe of this magnificent piece of architectural brilliance, before tucking into a lunchtime treat of chicken and orzo pasta.
This café is handy for art-lovers, but frankly, you’d walk halfway across the city for a bowl of soup and a cake in surroundings like these. It’s just inside the Art Gallery on the left, and there’s a separate entrance from the Central Library (whose opening hours it echoes).
For more information, visit the Tile Hall Café website.
Recommended by Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor
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