Having moved into the premises where Pin once lived, Cha Lounge is a welcome addition to this block, especially since the former Dock Street Market still stands vacant. Approaching everything with an ethical and sustainable ethos, this cosy tea room/bar/cafe is a breath of fresh air.
The new owners have renovated the space beautifully, filling it with a variety of comfortable sofas and chairs, warm lighting and several small touches to make the patrons feel at home.
If you’re observing Dry January or Stoptober or any other branded no-alcohol month, then you’ll be perfectly catered for by one of the many fair-trade teas or a delicious custom smoothie.
We, of course, lean more toward Tryanuary or May-I-Please-Have-Another-Pint. (Jul-IPA? No?) So we were very pleased to see a nice selection from Saltaire Brewery (Blonde on cask and Raspberry Blonde, Cascade and Triple Chocoholic in bottles), plus Marstons EPA, a couple other ales and a handful of standard lagers.
It could be better, but based on our conversation with the very friendly and accommodating owner Mandeep, we suspect they’ll strive to expand the selection according to what their customers are looking for, and they’ve left room to do that.
The menu looks offer excellent variety and good value, so it will likely be a popular lunch spot for local businesses. All in all, we can’t say enough good things about this place. The atmosphere is spot-on and the service is friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Welcome to Leeds, Cha Lounge! We’re very glad to have you.