A couple of weeks ago me and then mystery chap ( we no longer talk about him ) were driving through Yorkshire after a date, when signs for Harrogate kept popping up, for the life of me I couldn’t remember why I wanted to visit, but every time I saw a sign a massive grin crossed my face and I got super excited. So the next morning I jumped out of bed over excitedly to go find out why Harrogate was on my bucket list of places to visit in the UK.
Armed with my camera and enough cheesy 90s pop music to last the two hour car trip, not to mention a coffee the size of a small child I headed off. I spent the whole ride racking my brains for the smallest of clues to why a place I’d never visited before was now the only place I wanted to be. After my third time singing along very badly to bewitched C’est la vie I pulled into a parking space in the town centre and like a bolt of lightning it hit me, not sure if I dreamt the whole thing up I quickly checked with google and sure enough the reason I was so desperate to visit Harrogate was Betty’s tea shop. Naturally I dashed across town looking for a little piece of heaven and boy did I find it, it was even more beautiful in real life. Like a child in a sweet shop I refused to blink for fear I might miss something, I sat and marvelled over the menu, food is good but naturally I went straight to the cake selection. Where I can only imagine they share the same menu as heaven, of course after two hour car journey I can’t simply order one piece of cake and can you really trust anyone who only eats one slice at a time, I know I can’t!
I started with the deliciously delicate heart shaped strawberry shortcake, who doesn’t love heart shaped food? Perfect summer cake!
I don’t think the table next to me were very impressed with my countless selfies and taking a hundred pictures of each cake, but I was excited and they are lucky I didn’t eat there’s! I had the most lovely of ladies looking after me, who made my experience extremely special. Unfortunately there was a couple of members of staff who made me feel uncomfortable and self conscious about being a lone diner. They certainly put me off visiting the Harrogate tea room again, I’m hoping for better luck at Betty’s in York.
The Grande raspberry macaroon was the cake I was most excited to taste but was actually my least favourite. But boy was it super pretty.
My favourite was the lemon curd torte which tasted divine and just had enough of a citrus kick to it. Betty’s selection of teas isn’t to be missed either, I enjoyed their special breakfast tea, I even had a peek at the food that was being served around me which looked equally as delicious as the cakes, just not enough to tempt me.
Betty’s was absolutely everything I had hoped it would be, even with the couple of rude staff. Naturally I spent a small fortune in their bakery so I could relive the experience for the whole week. I highly recommend booking, I was super lucky that I got a table because as I was leaving a pretty long queue had started to form. Although if you find you have to queue don’t worry it’s absolutely worth it.
Feeling extremely full and more than a little satisfied I set off for a little walk around Harrogate, which is a beautiful little town full of character and charm. I walked through the pretty town stopping to take a ridiculous number of pictures and rub my belly a bit before having a little snooze in the local park. Just recently I have fallen in love with enjoying the UKs green spaces, remember when you were a teenager and would just spend your day lazing around your local park. Well apparently that’s how I plan to spend this summer, which amazingly o be of those happy little things that I love so much.
Still not ready for home I decided to see a little bit more of Yorkshire so I jumped in my car and just drove until something took my fancy, 20 minutes later I found just the place. Knaresborough is the prettiest of little market towns you have ever seen and really worth a visit. The whole town is a instagrammers dream.
How beautiful is this view? I curled up on a bench, enjoyed the sun on my face and watched the world go by, I couldn’t imagine anyone being unhappy in such a beautiful place. I’m so grateful that I get to see so many beautiful places and that they truly make me happy, I couldn’t imagine my life being any different nor would I want it to be.
Extremely tired, happy and with a new desire to spend my summer exploring Yorkshire I headed home for a early night cuddled up with some of my newly purchased sweet treats. Yorkshire you are beautiful!