There are few things in life that fill me with as much joy as Harrogate in the winter, the stunning lights, the crisp chilly evenings and best of all the beautiful gardens that surround our stunning spa town. I will at some point write my love letter to Harrogate, but for now I will focus on just one part, one very famous celebrity in Harrogate, Bettys Tea Room. You only have to mention the town of Harrogate, anywhere in the world, and people’s first comment is “oh I’d love to visit and go to Betty’s” now if that isn’t impressive I don’t know what is.
My fabulous mum and grandmother treated me to Bettys for my birthday a few months back, its a tradition in our family, no matter the celebration, Bettys has to be included. Whether it’s a fondant fancy and a cup of tea at home, or warm cinnamon toast and a large cup of Cafe Blend, which is how my birthday went!
So a few Friday’s ago, off I wandered, after some light shopping, to spend a few hours chatting with Kelly in the stunning Imperial Room. The room is breathtaking, high ornate ceilings, a roaring open fire and a pianist tinkling the ivories to the likes if Etta James and Nat King Cole.
It is the most magical of places, a real traditional elegance that is rarely found anymore, but something that Bettys commit to and do so incredibly well.
My stunning afternoon tea actually started with a beautiful glass of Rose Champagne, always the best way to my heart, followed by a wonderful cup of Breakfast Darjeling tea and then onto four of the most stunning sandwiches, made from hand crafter bread made that morning in the Bettys bakery, by artisan bakers, and boy could you tell. Filled delicately with fresh local fillings, who knew sandwiches could be so wonderful!
But let’s face it, when it comes to Bettys there is nothing more perfect that their sweet treat offerings and wow was I spoilt for choice. I started with the obligatory scone, with incredible dense cream and topped with jam. I won’t be arguing with anyone about it, but it definitely goes cream then jam, not jam then cream!
I saved the best for last though, the top plate of the afternoon was packed with sweet pastries that would were so tempting I could hardly control myself to eat them delicately.
I think that the best thing about the afternoon tea has to be that you can book, although I adore the tea rooms downstairs, they are so popular that the queues can be a little eye watering, although worth it. However the afternoon tea allows you the flexibility to book on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 12.30pm. It is such a wonderful treat, and you can buy afternoon tea for other people, there are most certainly a few lucky people in my life who will be receiving this wonderful treat for Christmas.
Thank you again so much to Kelly and the wonderful team at Bettys for reminding me once more why I love Harrogate so very much.
To find out more about the stunning afternoon tea you can visit the Bettys website or simply pop into the tea rooms and treat yourself to a macaroon whilst you are booking!
I would love to hear from you if you have visited already or planning on indulging?