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