As I mentioned in this outfit post my birthday treat this year was a tip to Harrogate. It’s a place both my Mum and I have always wanted to visit, the main reason being a trip to Betty’s Tea Room has been on our afternoon tea hit list for a while.
On a sunny autumnal Friday morning we hopped in the car and left the flat plains of East Anglia for a rather hilly North Yorkshire. We stayed in Scotia House, a little bed and breakfast which was situated a 5 minute walk away from the town centre. If you’re after a comfy bed, cute interiors and a delicious breakfast then I’d wholly recommend booking a stay there.
First on the agenda was of course a trip to Betty’s and the shop where things may have got a little out of hand in the biscuit section. We opted for the traditional afternoon tea and oh my was it good, being a big lover of tea and cake I’ve sampled a few in my time and Betty’s was just as good as I’d hoped it would be.
The tea came with a selection of egg mayo, ham, chicken and (my favourite) salmon sandwiches, fruit scones with jam and cream and a selection of cakes. My favourite think about afternoon tea is definitely the scones and after the usual debate of jam or cream first we soon wolfed those down and we were ready to hit the shops.
If you love little boutique shops and restaurants then Harrogate is packed with them. One of my favourite shops we stumbled across was Pookie. I picked up this Chloe style bag and I absolutely love it, it was full of lots of other little gems including brands such as Vila. Definitely one to visit if you’re after something a little different. Harrogate also has all the usual high street shops, Primark, Topshop, New Look etc so if you’re not boutique inclined then they still have all the usual favourites.
We also grabbed a quick lunch, by which I mean tea and cake obvs, from Balterzens which is a Scandinavian inspired cafe. It basically look’s like it was made in the Pinterest factory and delivered to Harrogate ready for Instagram purposes. Aside from the interior being amazing it also had yummy cake and one of the best hot chocolates I’ve had.
Aside from shopping we did indulge in a little culture too and ventured out into the countryside. We opted to visit Knaresborough as after some Pinterest browsing I discovered they had the most amazing bridge over the River Nidd. As I mentioned living in East Anglia we have very little in the way of anything remotely mountainous so getting to wander around pretty towns is a treat.
Harrogate got a big thumbs up from me and it’s definitely a place I’ll be visiting again soon. If you have any recommendations of places to visit then I’d love to know!