Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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Afternoon Tea, The Exchange, Leicester.

50 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RD, UK

Shortlisted for 'Best Afternoon Tea' in the Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Awards 2016, there's a venue in the Leicester City Centre which is without a doubt providing an Afternoon Tea that should be shouted about. The Exchange, which is situated opposite the wonderful Curve Theatre is within the heart of the Culture Quarter. It's light, airy but intimate venue provides the perfect for a new addition to The Exchange which I had the pleasure of checking out after winning a Instagram competition recently. I won an opportunity to experience their Bottomless Sundays, yes you read correctly a BOTTOMLESS Afternoon Tea. 

As I won a Bottomless Afternoon Tea for two (including prosecco) there was no other person I could decide to take with me than Steph from PricelessLifeofMine who is the perfect companion when it comes to food and prosecco. 

The table was all set up and ready when we arrived, decked out with retro, mismatched crockery and with some delicious treats already set out for us to begin diving into they really knew how to set up an Afternoon Tea. The table was completely full of stuff for us to enjoy and the touch of our personalised table name was a nice touch to make you feel welcomed to their venue.

Our waiter for the afternoon (of who I didn't catch his name) quickly served us up with a pot of tea as well as a glass of Prosecco to kick things off nicely! He also wasn't shy in coming over to our table to frequently top up our glasses, he clearly knew what kind of guests he was dealing with and his attentive attitude throughout our service was greatly appreciated.

Kicking off Afternoon Tea we opted for the finger sandwiches that were on offer, which were made on soft and light ciabatta, obviously the best for an Afternoon Tea and bread which doesn't make me feel as blotted as other breads do. There was a mixture of fillings on offer, including a Mozzarella, Red Pesto and Baby Spinach one which was full of flavour and didn't leave you feeling full to the brim! Of course it being a Bottomless Sunday you could have asked for more sandwiches once you had finished, me and Steph decided that the sweet treats looked too delicious and they needed consuming quickly!

I noticed as soon as we sat at the table that there were generous servings of butter, jam, clotted cream and freshly chopped strawberries ready for you to put on your scones in your individual way! As soon as the freshly baked (and still warm) scones arrived at the table I was quick to smoother it in jam and fresh clotted cream, enjoying it with a cup of tea as it should be. I almost wanted to ask for my own batch of freshly baked scones complete with toppings to take home, they were delicious!

With the petit four products, I didn't have enough room to consume and enjoy them all. I just had about enjoy room to enjoy one of their macarons which had the perfect combination of both the lightness and chewy centre you would expect from a macaron. I also tried one of their brownies which was deliciously soft and full of flavour. I was just gutted at the weak effort at consuming more, must have been all of that bottomless Prosecco I was enjoying!

At the price of £25pp, the Bottomless Sunday Afternoon Tea at The Exchange in Leicester is definitely something you should be ticking off your list over the weekend! It runs every Sunday between 12.30-3pm and you must book!  I will be definitely enjoying this again with a few of my friends or my mum as a weekend treat!


  1. This actually looks amazing, deffo need to go soon! That is one biiiiggg tea pot too, hope you had a good brrrrrrew! ;) xxx

    1. Oh it's so good, definitely worth a visit! I think your parents would love it there! ahaha I had the best brewwww!

  2. Ahhh I can't get over how much of a bargain that is!! Glad you both had a fab time!

  3. Ah this sounds great, perfect for a gift I reckon!! :)

  4. I think next time we're home we need to go here it looks lovely

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk


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