It’s been a glorious weekend and we are only half way through! On a Saturday I got to visit Harrogate with my husband and it wasn’t just an ordinary trip. You see, this Saturday was exactly 3 months since we got married (and even though my husband thinks it’s silly to celebrate) we still made it into a pretty special day. On top of that, this Sunday, it’s exactly 1 year since my, now husband, proposed to me. So being me, a lovey dovey wifey, I wanted to do something very special to mark this occasion.
To my greatest surprise my man took me to Betty’s for a Lady Betty Afternoon Tea which is something I’ve been blabbing about for years. You see, I’ve never had Afternoon Tea and I’ve never been to Betty’s either and I kind of felt cheated as there is so much vibe around it.
We arrived at exactly 11am and even though downstairs was already crowded and people were queueing outside, we walked right in and were escorted upstairs to the Imperial room. What is more, we arrived as first guests hence I got to take lovely pictures of the room. A beautiful setting, don’t you think?
We decided not to go for the champagne menu as we were driving back home and it was too early to start drinking anyway, so we opted for the tea menu. For a speciality tea lover and know-it-all such as myself (yes, I did pronounced myself as a tea specialist), I was in heaven. We were encouraged to try as many teas as possible and we plunged right into it! Even though I thought I would have managed to try a lot of teas in a 90 minute slot, we only got to taste 4 different kinds all together, time flies when you’re having fun!
From the black teas selection we got to try Golden tipped Assam & China Rose Petal, I also treated myself to a white tea Yu Luo and we also tried Jasmine Blossom green tea. I’m a long term fan of Jasmine green teas and you will always find them at my parents house. So it kind of reminded me of home. While I’ve never tried China Rose Petal and I have to admit, it’s become my new all time favourite. A very refreshing subtle taste.
The Appetiser arrived shortly after our first tea was served and oh my, wasn’t it just…ah-mazing. The Prawn cocktail with avocado purree that just melted in my mouth was an experience my taste buds won’t forget for a very long time. It’s already on my MUST DO list at home.
The savoury selection was also very appetising. Why wouldn’t it be afterall? Scottish smoked salmon and miniature pork and apple pie not only looked appealing but also tasted like little drops of heaven.
While the piano played softly in the background, we indulged in our nibbles, chatted about our plans for the year ahead and just enjoyed the atmosphere of the whole experience. When I looked around, I could almost take myself back nearly a hundred years to when this experience was normal for high society. Hand to my heart, I could get used to it.
|The pianist was truly amazing, took the whole experience to another level.|
After the appetiser and a savoury selection, it was time to indulge in the main bit. The sandwiches were very very lovely and we even topped up on them. What I did enjoyed the most were the scones. The scones are baked freshly throughout the day and they truly tasted divine. You get to taste classic scones but also lavender scones and as I’m a bit of a lavender maniac, I truly savoured every little bite. Coincidentally, I ordered some lavender baking goodies to make my own scones this week, so expect a baking post soon!
Miniature cakes were the cherry on top of our time at Lady Betty’s Cafe in Harrogate and by that point we were truly stuffed and drunk on all sorts of delicious teas! I enjoyed my time and I hope I can come back soon, even if it’s just for a coffee or a tea.