Ilkley: Bettys

Around The World in Tea and Cake

Bettys Cyelon blue sapphire tea

For years i have wanted to go to Betty’s Tea Rooms and finally last week i was taken there for lunch (because it was ‘so me’). So exciting! I couldn’t take a photo of the front since it was pouring down but its a beautiful old fashioned frontage through which you can see the patisserie and bakery counter and the tea counter (take a peek at all the beautiful photos on the website). Ive been in the shop part and bought macarons before but never been in the cafe. Its been around for donkeys years so the old fashioned feel inside (and the artwork of 1920’s adverts) isn’t put on, its genuine.Β The downside was the 15 or so minute wait to be seated, but hey it was Easter Holidays, and the old ladies in the queue had seats to sit on while they waited. Also they’re child friendly too, as soon as we sat down my sister was provided with crayons and an activity sheet

The cafe is quite lovely and nicely old fashioned with stained glass windows. I had Eggs Benedict, Cyelon Blue Saphire Tea then Gateau L’Opera to finish. The food was incredibly delicious and the tea came properly. The leaves were left in the pot but you have a second pot of hot water to add to it later. I think the pot made 4 or 5 cups of tea altogether! The cake i can only describe as ‘intense’. Ive been promised a trip to the Harrogate cafe sometime which I’m really looking forward to.

Bettys Gateau LOpera

Bettys also have an online shop which sells their own blends of tea as well as Taylors of Harrogate coffee and chocolates biscuits and preserves

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