A Few Days Away In Harrogate

We’ve just spent the last three days on a mini-break in Harrogate. It’s a long time since I last spent any time there, I used to work in a shop there while I was at university in Ripon. 

When in Harrogate, York, Northallerton or Ilkley there is one place that all the tourists flock to, Betty’s! Famous for its Cream Teas, and Fat Rascals I could never be bothered to queue with the tourists when I lived in York. I had Eggs Benedict in Northallerton but never gone the whole hog and had afternoon tea. 

So since we were being tourists we joined the queue on a soggy afternoon in Harrogate to see what all the fuss is about. We were seated very quickly in the downstairs tearoom which was heaving! We ordered Betty’s Traditional Afternoon Tea. Our waitress was fantastic, checking that we were ok wait all the sandwich fillings and asking whether we wanted lemon or milk with our tea!

Our cake stand was delivered and consisted of sandwiches filled with Smoked Salmon, Yorkshire Ham, Roast Chicken Breast and Egg Mayonnaise & Cress, a Sultana Scone with Strawberry Preserve & Clotted Cream and a miniature cake selection of Lemon Macaroon, Gateau L’Opera and a Fresh Fruit Tart and, obviously, a pot of Tea Room Blend Tea. Our waitress asked if we would like any chutneys to accompany our sandwiches, I went for the Tomato Chutney. 

Everything was delicious, the chutney really enhanced the chicken sandwich, the berries on the fruit tart were so fresh and full of flavour. We even entered into the age old debate of jam or cream first, I’m definitely in the cream first camp!

So was it worth £18.95 each? Definitely, the food, the service, the ambience was well worth the price tag! Would I do it again? Certainly! I might even treat myself to a glass of champagne to accompany it next time!


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