On Sunday (Valentine's Day) I went to Betty's Tea Rooms in Harrogate for Lady Betty's Afternoon Tea with my parent's and grandma. It was a christmas present for my grandma, and I swear it came around so quickly. The 14th February seemed a long time away when we booked it and all of a sudden it was upon us. It was a bitterly cold day and as we sat eating our afternoon tea in the Imperial room the snow began to fall, it was somewhat magical until you saw the slurry it left behind on the roads.
The Lady Betty's Afternoon Tea is served on a traditional silver cake stand with bone china and an absolutely adorable tea leaf design. You can't have afternoon tea at Betty's without trying one of the delicious tea's that they have available (unless your my mother, she's a coffee only kinda gal!) I decided to try the Ceylon Blue Sapphire to begin with, which originates in Sri Lanka and is decorated with adorable blue petals which supposedly represent Sri Lanka's famous sapphires. The tea has a lovely honey flavour, but I decided to try a different tea for my second pot as it's so hard to choose just one. I think I wanted to try at least 10 in total. For my second pot of tea I chose the China Rose Petal, which is a traditional black tea that has been layered with rose petals. Again, it was delicious and we even got a little silver pot of the Betty's tea room blend to take away with us each at the end (such a lovely gesture!).
Now let's not get side tracked by various loose leaf teas and forget the incredible food that we received as part of the Lady Betty's Afternoon Tea. For our Appetiser we received a Prawn Cocktail which was so adorable in size, just a small mouthful on a bed of Avocado Puree which went perfectly with the Prawns in Marie Rose sauce.
Our second course was a savoury selection, which was possible my favour part of the Afternoon tea. On this plate we received Salmon & Cream Cheese and Dill Roulade which was so strong in flavour for something so small but incredibly tasty. Our second savoury plate was a Miniature Gala Pie, which essentially is a mini pork pie. The flavours were so incredible and the apple was perfect with the pork.
We then received our tiered Silver Cake Stand where we had a layer of Traditional Sandwiches, one layer of a variety of small Scones with Jam and Cream and on the top layer was the most beautiful display of Sweet Desserts and Cakes. For our Sandwich tier we had a Roast Yorkshire Ham and Tomato Pate which came on a Sun-Blushed Tomato Bread (my mouth is watering just remembering how good it was). Our second sandwich was a Coronation Chicken, which is by no means a sandwich I would ever choose off a menu and don't usually enjoy. I've had this before at Betty's on the regular Afternoon Tea menu and it was just as I had expected however, on the Lady Betty's Afternoon Tea this came as a slice of chicken breast with the spiced yogurt dressing on top which was such a nicer way to serve Coronation Chicken, I was so pleasantly surprised as I really did enjoy it. Our final sandwich was an Egg Mayonnaise, traditional as ever and tasty as ever this was exactly as I had expected it to be. I love Egg sandwiches and so this was incredibly yummy, it was also served on a white sourdough loaf which I thought was a unique approach to an Egg Sandwich, tasty too.
When we reached the Scone tier, I was already beginning to fill up. Isn't it funny how such small delicate sandwiches and savouries can fill you up so quickly? Well on this tier I was already excited by the description on the menu of a Yorkshire Lavender Scone. Lavender flavoured scone really? I know, I thought the same too. It was so yummy, and I actually opted for the classic Sultana Scone first when actually I ended up wished I had gone for the Lavender Scone first so I could enjoy it with even more Jam and Cream. Both the Scones were very small and delicate which was perfect because as much as I love Afternoon Tea, the Scones are probably my least favourite part of the whole affair especially when they are too large and over facing.
Our final tier was the Miniature cakes and oh how they were adorable and miniature. On this layer we had a Coffee Religieuse, a what I hear you ask? I thought the same. It's actually a choux pastry bun filled with Coffee Creme Diplomat on a crisp sable biscuit topped with a sweet choux pastry crisp. If your still confused, I'd recommend watching Great British Bake Off. It was not one of my favourite desserts on the sweet tier. I'm not a huge coffee fan at all and I think if this was a different flavour I would have enjoyed it much more.
Miniature Battenburg, or how adorable you were. This was possible my favourite sweet dessert. So adorable and dinky in size and tasty perfectly like a Battenburg which I haven't had in years so it was so tasty to have a little miniature version. Our third Sweet Cake was a Chocolate and Praline Slice which was actually much nicer that I expected as I'm not a huge ran of rich Chocolate Desserts, thankfully it was miniature too. This was layers of Hazelnut Crisp and Praline Mousse with a Dark Chocolate Glaze, Yum! Next we had a Pistachio Macaroon, typically Betty's, you really can't expect to enjoy an Afternoon Tea here without eating one of their yummy Macaroons. Our fifth Dessert was a Fresh Berry Meringue, so adorable in size it was small and perfectly formed and tasty just like a fresh Berry Pavlova.
Finally we had this insanely bright cube on our tray. a Grand Cry Chocolate a Raspberry Square. I have no idea how they even made this because as soon as you touched it even the slightest is melted and all the raspberry coated came off. It was so yummy. But I'd love to know how they get them so perfect. Alongside our Afternoon Tea me and my mum enjoyed a glass of Kir Royale each. All in all it was a really lovely afternoon, we've been to Betty's before for Afternoon Tea at their York site and it was nice to finally go to the Harrogate Restaurant and to also enjoy the Lady Betty's Afternoon tea which has a few added delights. I would recommend this as a lovely gift for anyone who enjoys a traditionally British experience. You can even get gift vouchers for the Afternoon Tea experiences. Let me know if you've ever been to Betty's before too. What did you think?