I like afternoon tea. It is one of my favourite past times, a relaxing few hours eating sandwiches, scones, and pretty cakes and drinking pots of good quality strong tea.
I have had Betty’s on my afternoon tea wish list for quite a few years now and when I was in Harrogate for a visit this autumn I just had to treat myself. Betty’s serve their afternoon tea from 9am to 9pm in their Cafe Tea Room in Harrogate.
I didn’t have breakfast at my hotel and decided to have afternoon tea for an early lunch at 11am. I picked the breakfast tea which was a strong flavoured tea. Betty’s also served coffee and hot chocolate. The tea was refillable.
The savoury course consisted of 4 triangle sandwiches containing:
- Cucumber, dill and cream cheese
- Coronation Yorkshire chicken
- Ham and wholegrain mustard
- Scottish smoked salmon
They were all delicious and I especially liked the Salmon and the coronation Yorkshire chicken sandwiches.
There are also vegetarian sandwiches available upon request.
The scone was a sultana scone which was served with strawberry preserve and clotted cream. The scone was a lovely texture and the jam had a lovely rich strawberry taste.
After a little pause came the sweet course which consisted of:
- Chocolate cube
- Lemon tart
- Engadine slice
The cakes were all delicious and I particularly liked the lemon tart that was filled with sharp lemon curd, sharp lemon curd is always the best and was topped with a half a lemon macaroon. The chocolate cube was not overly chocolate flavoured and made a great accomplishment to the sharp lemon curd tart.
The Engadine cake is made by hand with layers of rich hazelnut meringue, almond paste and buttercream, topped with almond Florentine and was really tasty.
Betty’s afternoon tea was exactly what I expected and I will definitely be making a return visit to one of the other Betty’s Tea Rooms in York, Ilkley or North Allerton.
Betty’s currently has a Christmas Afternoon Tea available which is priced at £19.95 per person.