I’d like to say thank you to Bettys for treating Jenni (Blog By LittleOne) and myself to a Bettys Champagne Afternoon Tea in Harrogate the other weekend. We popped along to review their new ‘Lady Afternoon Tea’ on a sunny Saturday and it was just lovely. If you have a little celebration coming up or just fancy a girls day out, then this is a fab way to spend the day!
Apparently a companion of Queen Victoria (the Duchess of Bedford) is credited with inventing the afternoon tea – she thought it would be a nice way to fill the long gap between luncheon and dinner and invited all her friends to join her. The idea soon spread throughout fashionable society and here we are today!
We caught the bus over from Chapel Allerton in North Leeds to Harrogate. Really easy with the No. 36 bus, lovely leather seats and even WiFi! When we arrived, we skipped the (very long) queue to head upstairs to The Imperial Room where the Lady Afternoon Tea is served and we obviously started with the most important part…the champagne! We ordered a glass each of the Moutard Rosé Prestige Champagne. You can also have the Hébrart Premier Cru Champagne or a Rhubarb Champagne Cocktail.
The Bettys Champagne Afternoon Tea
We had a nice little relax with our champagne, listened to the pianist (we felt a little like we were on the Titanic – in a good “oh aren’t we fancy” way!) and took a look at the set menu.
They brought out a little appetiser first…
Prawns in Marie Rose sauce with avocado purée, crisp Little Gem lettuce and a sprinkling of paprika. Lovely.
We had Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill roulade (made from freedom-farmed Scottish salmon, served on a wholemeal croute) and a miniature Gala Pie (Yorkshire pork, quail eggs, thyme and rosemary). Both were absolutely lovely, really tasty.
…then they brought out the show piece! Lovely silverware, as you’d expect from Bettys.
The sandwiches were very classic: Roast Yorkshire ham and tomato paté, Coronation chicken and egg mayonnaise. They asked if we’d like more and being greedy, I said yes! They were really tasty. I had another egg mayo. Yum.
The champagne was going down a little too well at this point and they kindly topped our glasses up for us…good job we were getting the bus!
Jenni had a Sultana Scone and a Yorkshire Lavender Scone (delicately flavoured with Wolds Way Lavender which is grown in North Yorkshire). I’m not a big fan of sultanas, so I opted for two lavender scones. I must admit, I was a bit dubious…lavender, in a scone? (said in a Peter Kay ‘Garlic Bread’ kind of voice!)…but they were just lovely, the lavender was very subtle and they tasted amazing. Bettys bake their scones freshly each day and you can tell.
We’d asked for the tea with our scones and I’d opted for the Bettys Tea Room Blend (I’m a bit traditional with my tea!) which is a blend of African and Assam teas, but Jenni was a bit more adventurous and chose the China Rose Petal tea.
We had Grand Cru Chocolate and Raspberry Square, Strawberry Macaroon, Chocolate & Praline Slice, Fresh Berry Meringue, Miniature Battenburg and Orange Religieuse. I’m a little OCD about sharing, I like everything to be equal…so I meticulously (to Jenni’s amusement) cut all the little cakes in half.
So, all of that devoured…we were pretty full! I totally didn’t need that extra egg mayo sandwich, but hey. We had a great time chatting away and just generally having some fab girlie time. There were lots of different groups of people there…couples celebrating anniversaries, birthdays (there were quite a few birthday treats being brought out and choruses of Happy Birthday from the pianist) and hen parties (they were very well behaved probably because this was the start of their day in Harrogate!).
Like I said before, I’d really recommend going with a girlfriend or two to get some quality nattering in. If you’d like the Lady Afternoon Tea without the champagne, then it’s £32.95. If you’d like the full Betty’s Champagne Afternoon Tea it’s £39.95.
Bettys Lady Afternoon Tea is served at The Imperial Room (Bettys in Harrogate) and at The Belmont Room (Bettys in York) on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sittings begin from 11am. To book, call: The Imperial Room on 01423 814043 or The Belmont Room: 01904 659142. You can also book online.
Back home to Leeds on the No. 36 bus we went. I bought a little treat for the husband in the Bettys shop downstairs…I thought I’d be shot if I didn’t bring him something home! He was very happy with his Millionaire’s Shortbread.
Please note, we did not pay for our Bettys Champagne Afternoon Tea as we were there to review. All my comments are my own and are honest.