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Afternoon

tea delights at The Engine Shed

The Engine Shed

FOOD

I’ve got history with The Engine Shed, so a recent return to sample their afternoon tea brought back fond memories of my early twenties when I volunteered as a DJ for Wetherby’s community radio station, TEMPO FM, which at the time was located in a broom cupboard of The Engine Shed’s foyer. 

Scandalously my radio career never took off but the station has moved to a shiny purpose built studio and The Engine Shed has undergone a transformation into one of the best wedding and event venues in the area. Their wedding diary books up fast with couples excited by the unique space this Grade II listed building provides. As soon as you walk into the main hall you can tell it was built for parties. A huge dance floor and stage area is flanked by cosy upholstered booths where you can imagine plenty of danced out revellers have collapsed to rehydrate with a cocktail or three during the many party nights and private events the venue has hosted. There are two bars, a professional lighting and sound set up, DJ booth, another smaller dance floor and a mezzanine level, giving it an almost Vegas casino style vibe. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there to strut my stuff on that particular Friday afternoon - as I mentioned, I’d gone along to try out their afternoon tea, the latest addition to the popular lunchtime menu and I’d brought along my 3-year-old daughter and regular dining partner, Gigi.

We settled into a table as we were offered a choice of fresh coffee, tea or soft drink, which I ordered whilst Gigi launched herself onto the dance floor and performed a spectacular pirouette to the delight of many onlookers. In fact she only stopped her one girl show when she spotted the tower of sandwiches, sweet cakes and scones had been delivered to our table. And so there we sat feasting on freshly prepared egg mayo, cheese and tomato, ham and (my personal fave) smoked salmon and cream cheese finger sandwiches, all served with the crusts off to Gigi’s approval, after all cream teas are a fancy affair. 

Once we’d cleared the bottom tier, we moved on to scoff the second - a glorious array of miniature cakes including: Victoria sponges; chocolate covered Éclairs and strawberry topped cheesecakes, scrumdiddlyumptious. Now, the top tier proved a challenge to us as there sat two plump scones with all of the jam and cream trimmings but we were already full to the brim, a problem solved by the darling waitress who offered to pop them in a box for us to enjoy at home later - hurrah!   

At just £13 per head the afternoon tea offers a very generous amount of treats that would impress even the hungriest of Yorkshire folk and with the free parking and additional historic interest of The Engine Shed, I can recommend a trip.

Gigi and I reminisced on our lunch date later that evening as we sat munching the scones and in her words we can say that the food was “big and yummy”, a high accolade indeed.

The Engine Shed 

York Road, 

Wetherby LS22 7SU 

01937 588884 

www.engineshedwetherby.co.uk