For half a century they were hidden behind shelves of books, but in 2007 a massive refurbishment programme at Leeds City Library (also linked to the Art Gallery) revealed a roomful of magnificent tiles that has since become the Tiled Hall Café.
The 80-foot Reading Room has floor to ceiling in Victorian tiles, hexagonal mosaics across the arched ceiling, marble columns and parquet flooring. A fairly workaday café the Tiled Hall serve soup and a hot dish – beef goulash maybe – and sandwiches, salads and cakes. It’s all pretty good value in a lovely buzzy setting. Above all, the Tiled Hall Café is a great city rendezvous. Open until 8pm Monday to Wednesday, 5pm Thursday to Sunday. JT
The Tiled Hall Café, Calverley St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3ABTel 0113 263 7915
Review by Jill, 13 August 2011blog comments powered by Disqus