Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Places To Visit In York | Cream Tea At Bettys Tea Rooms

There are a few places in my lovely home town that the majority of people, no matter where they're from in the world have heard of - York Minster, the City Walls, Cliffords Tower and of course the infamous Bettys Tea Rooms.
Ma Bicyclette: Places To Visit In York | Cream Tea At Bettys Tea Rooms

So I must start by saying that Bettys, unless you're super rich, is definitely somewhere only to be visited for a treat or special occassion, but saying that, please do not let the price tag put you off this sweet place. 

Ma Bicyclette: Places To Visit In York | Cream Tea At Bettys Tea Rooms

Bettys Tea Rooms opened originally in Harrogate in 1919 but were so successful that the owners went on to open a further three branches across Yorkshire in Leeds, York and Ilkley and today, all but Leeds are still thriving. York Bettys is set in a beautiful glass fronted building, which is absolutely perfect for people watching, both inside and out. I love to wander past on summer evenings and watch the lovely families, sweet old couples and birthday parties enjoying copious amounts of tea and cakes.

Inside there are plenty of tables dotted around a roomy dining hall and of course, no traditional tea room would be right without a grand piano and pianist to play for you over tea. I am a huge fan of English tradition and fuss and this place screams it from their traditionally dressed waiting staff (I love their outfits too much) to their superb array of cakes.

Tea and cakes aside, one of my favourite parts of Bettys is a mirror. During the war in 1920s York, Bettys was a favourite place of American and Canadian bomber boys who were stationed here and when they visited Bettys, some of them used a diamond pen to carve their names in to a mirror which is still their today. 

Ma Bicyclette: Places To Visit In York | Cream Tea At Bettys Tea Rooms

If you're ever lucky enough to go to Bettys you have to try one of my favourite desserts, Eton Mess, which is packed full of meringue, summer berries and cream, or if you arrive pre-cream tea for breakfast, the scrambled or poached eggs on doorstep wedges of toast smothered in proper butter and a glass of homemade lemonade are pretty much the best things you'll ever taste - I warned you it was for treat time. Don't worry if you can't get to any of the tearooms in person as they offer home delivery via their website - pastel coloured macaroons and chocolate brownies to your doorstep, HEAVEN. 

Go visit at 46 Stonegate, York.


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