Afternoon Tea at Bettys, Harrogate

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited down to Bettys Tea Rooms in Harrogate to try out their new Lady Betty Afternoon Tea menu. I was over the moon to be given this opportunity for two reasons.

Firstly, I absolutely adore afternoon tea. The delicate sandwiches and the assortment of miniature cakes look like they belong in a dolls house and there isn’t much that beats a good scone with jam and cream. If there was a food heaven it would feature all the elements of a good afternoon tea. Also, obviously, there is the tea. Now I’m not at all a fan of your standard Yorkshire brew, but I really can appreciate a weak, black tea infused with pretty sounding flavours.

Secondly, I got to spend the afternoon with my Mum. One of my best friends and the source of all wisdom! I couldn’t wait to spend some quality time with her and what better setting to do that!

We arrived in Harrogate and it was such a beautiful day! The sun was shining and the picture perfect little town was embellished with the most beautiful flowers. The roses in particular smelt absolutely divine and the town was full of sprinklings of colour where the different flowers had been planted.

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

We made our way to Betty’s and went up into the Imperial Room where we were greeted with a warm welcome and taken to our seats. The imperial room is stunning. White table cloths and china, pebble blue menus and sparkling glasses, the interior is so light and stately. Yet it isn’t at all ostentatious.

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

We took our seats and glanced over the menu, accompanied by the sound of the live piano. It really was the perfect setting.

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

First up, we were asked what drink we would like. I went for the rhubarb cocktail and my mum went for the white champagne. I would definitely recommend the rhubarb cocktail, the slight tart flavour was delicious.

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate , champagne

We then ordered our tea. I went for the ‘China Rose’ black tea. As I said before, I’m not the worlds biggest tea connoisseur but I loved this so much that I actually bought some in the little shop afterwards. My mum went for the blue sapphire black tea. Although I found it a little strong she really enjoyed it.

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

Now the thing about the Lady Betty afternoon tea is that it brings its own twist to the traditional afternoon tea set up. To start, we were given a prawn cocktail with avocado purée. It looked beautiful and was a great way to cleanse the palette.

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

We were then brought our tiers of food, along with two small savoury bites. Both were so tasty. They reminded me of the kind of thing you might expect on a canapé.

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

The sandwiches were incredible. It seems hard to imagine that such a simple thing can be presented so exquisitely but they really were. I loved the coronation chicken one in particular.

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

I was already excited for the scones but on discovering that one was lavender flavoured I was even more so. It was absolutely beautiful! Who would have thought that the soft flavour of lavender would work so well in a scone.

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

Finally the cakes. They looked almost too good to eat (only almost though). In the Lady Betty afternoon tea you are given six little treats to divide between you as you please. Mum and I had two each but by that point we were happily full! We wanted to enjoy every mouthful so decided to leave the last two to take home with us.

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

Afternoon tea at Betty's, Harrogate

The one cake that stood out was the mini battenburg. I am a huge fan of battenburg but this was at a completely different level to anything I’d ever tasted. The sponge was just perfect and the marzipan was delicious!

It was so lovely to enjoy some amazing food in such a beautiful setting with the best company. I couldn’t recommend Betty’s more and the Lady Betty afternoon tea menu was out of this world. The service was so good; everyone was so friendly!

Going for afternoon tea is often done to celebrate something. Thus, the lovely thing about Betty’s was the atmosphere. It was so happy, full of love, smiles and people spending time with their loved ones.



  1. 11th July 2015 / 4:47 pm

    I absolutely love Betty’s in Harrogate! I have had many lovely meals and cakes from there and I am so so jealous that you got to try their new afternoon tea! I hope you had a fantastic time with your mum! xxx

  2. 11th July 2015 / 7:22 pm

    Betty’s and afternoon tea. Oh my goodness, I’m so jealous! It looks delightful! It sounds like you had a lovely time, and there’s definitely no better way than to spend an afternoon with your Mum! 🙂

    Soph x |

  3. 11th July 2015 / 9:22 pm

    What a gorgeous place for afternoon tea 🙂 it sounds lovely! And those heart shaped sandwiches are so cute! So glad you had a lush afternoon. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  4. nishkpatel
    16th July 2015 / 11:14 am

    This looks delicious! I love how they have all the traditional elements but with little twists, like the prawn cocktail and avocado starter. The room is beautiful too.. definitely another place to add to my wishlist x

    HOW I WEAR | A Manchester Style & Beauty Blog

  5. 17th July 2015 / 4:33 pm

    This is such an uplifting post! Thank you so much!

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  7. 15th September 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Such a lovely post 🙂 I’m actually from Harrogate but I’ve never been to Betty’s so this is the first time I’ve seen inside it. Charming, I need to take my mum and go!

    Hannah x

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