Afternoon Tea – one of my favourite past times. On a recent trip to Yorkshire, fellow Travel Blogger and friend Jess ensured Aftab and I didn’t miss out on one of the most famous Yorkshire Afternoon Teas at Bettys Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate. I had heard so much about Bettys so was excited to be finally getting to try the Afternoon Tea, and the long queue outside as we arrived highlighted just how famous and popular Bettys was.
We kicked off the afternoon in the gorgeous Imperial room with a glass of champagne and then decided on our tea selection whilst giving our various dietary requirements to the server, who was ever so lovely.
I decided to go for a zesty Lemongrass & Ginger Tisane which was absolutely delicious and which I have been hooked on since!
We had all somehow opted for Vegetarian options for our Savouries despite none of us being vegetarian and first to arrive was a refreshing and light pea, cucumber and tomato cocktail appetizer which whose purpose was to be a palette cleanser.
Next up was the first round of savouries – a miniature spring onion and herb frittata made with locally raised Yorkshire eggs, cream and parsley as well as a sun-blushed tomato and basil roulade with rocket leaves served on a wholemeal croute, which was my favourite of the two.
Then the grand tiered stand arrived, laden with sandwiches, scones and a selection of pretty dainties.
Starting with the sandwiches and working our way up, we enjoyed a selection of a Cucumber and Crème fraîche open sandwich made with millers bread, a goat’s cheese and caramelised red onion on sun-blushed tomato bread with rocket leaves, and an egg mayonnaise and cress sandwich served on wholemeal bread.
Then we had the cream first or jam first debate as we tucked into delicious warm and fluffy rose and lemon flavoured scones served with clotted cream and strawberry preserve.
The final tier, the best saved for last, was an incredible selection which included a Chocolate and Passion Fruit Cube, Gooseberry Macaroon, Pistachio and Chocolate Dacquoise slice, Fresh Berry Meringue, Miniature Battenberg and a Lemon Religieuse.
My favourites were definitely the miniature Battenberg and the Gooseberry Macaroon. So dreamy and decadent!
Feeling really full but happy we were ready to head over for a Spa retreat at Rudding Park Hotel, which was a ten minute taxi drive from Harrogate City Centre but the lovely Jess gave us a lift.
If you are visiting Harrogate, or any other part of Yorkshire where they have a Bettys Café Tea Room, I highly recommend a visit to try treats from their bakery or sit down and indulge in the Afternoon Tea. It is really special and lovely and I can see why it is so popular! My only regret is not buying anything from the bakery before we left as everything looked marvellous.
Have you been to Bettys Café Tea Rooms for Afternoon Tea? I would love to know in the comments section below.
Disclaimer: Our Afternoon Tea was complimentary courtesy of Bettys Café Tea Rooms but all views and photos are my own.