Bettys Tea Rooms, Harrogate

Bettys is such a Yorkshire institution, I couldn’t have stayed in Harrogate and not visited their original site. As part of the great VinkAndGingeUpNorth road trip, Vicky and I went in for breakfast and blooming lovely it was too! Having talked on twitter about my impending trip to Bettys the one thing everybody had advised was get there early! We took note (despite the pain of an earlyish start after a heavy nights drinking) and it was worth it, with no queues to talk of, we headed straight into the dining room.

Betty tea rooms in Harrogate

Of course you go there for the tea. and because we were there early doors, it was only right that we went for their famous breakfast tea (which was delicious!). They have a section of over 50 teas and coffees though, so if you’re visiting later in the day or fancy trying something a bit more exotic, I’m sure they’ll have something for you!

A pot of breakfast tea at Bettys in Harrogate

As my go to breakfast at anywhere decent, I went for Eggs Benedict, my absolute fave. As I knew it would be, the whole thing was utterly scrummy. Beautifully rich, orange runny yolks and smoked Yorkshire ham. The English muffin was perfect as I expected. If we’d have been there any later we’d definitely have been hitting up the patisserie too. Sadly, with a slight hang over on our heads, sweet things could have been a step too far!

Eggs Benedict at Bettys in Harrogate
Chocolate eclair and strawberry tarts
Teas at Bettys in Harrogate

What really struck me most about this place was the timelessness of it all. As a history graduate (ahem.. a while ago now) I just love finding places where time stands still. The Harrogate tea room was the first in the Betty’s empire and opened in 1919, almost 100 years ago and yet we could have been sat there drinking our tea in 1925, 1950, 1998 or I suspect 2020 and not know the difference. Despite decor updates over the years, the place has changed so little that anyone jumping into a time capsule would instantly feel at home, whatever era they’d travelled from.

The beautiful shop at Harrogate Bettys tea rooms.
Before leaving, we headed into the shop and bought a Fat Rascal (scone/cake hybrid from heaven) for the drive to Scarborough. Everything was beautiful, right down to the uniforms of the staff. We spent as much time as the queue would allow talking to the lady on the till and the air of enthusiasm was palpable. She was clearly passionate about working there. And why wouldn’t she be? Bettys is an institution!

Have you been to any of the other Bettys? What were your experiences? 

*We paid for our breakfast and Betty’s did not know I was planning to review the visit*

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  1. 5th September 2015 / 4:53 pm

    I've not made it to Betty's Tea Rooms yet but it's on my list! Eggs Royale is my breakfast of choice, but I don't think I could resist going there for cake or scones!!!

  2. 6th September 2015 / 10:53 am

    Believe me, if I hadn't been on a hang over, the cakes would have been consumed! Those choccy eclairs looked so good!

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