I’m a big fan of the North, and despite not getting to visit half as much as I’d like to- with a trip to Harrogate on the cards a few weeks back I was pretty excited to get my fix of tea, friendly faces (with this trip including a huge catch up with Joe’s gorgeous sister Lucy) and some serious girl time at Bettys– another place I’d been desperate to try.
With a train journey to Leeds paired with a short car journey (fuelled by chatter, giggling and wedding talk)- Lucy and I pulled in to a very sunny Harrogate, before hot footing it to Betty’s Imperial Rooms to sample their infamous Lady Betty tea, which was possibly one of the best I’ve ever had. Starting with a miniature gala pie, prawn cocktail and smoked salmon and dill roulade- and following with traditional sandwiches, lavender and sultana scones, and a tower of baby sized cakes which could rival anything Mary Berry could magic up, we were truly full (and satisfied) after indulging in strawberry macarons, meringue and delicate praline slices- mm mmm! However, no visit to Bettys is complete without a visit to the downstairs gift shop and bakery, and before our ride back we made sure to fill our boots with their signature tea, homemade shortbread and some special biscuits (because no episode of GBBO is now complete without them)!
With a couple of hours before my train home, Lucy and I made sure to do a leisurely stroll of the town and after resisting trips to Whistles and Space NK (no wonder it’s the UK’s happiest place)- we stumbled across a pretty special vintage shop in the shape of Space, somewhere I’m already desperate to go back to (put it this way- Biba and Marc Jacobs in one place)! Our afternoon soon came to a close, and despite it being short and (very) sweet (must’ve been all the sugar)- we’ve vowed to undertake a mini tour of the North in an excuse to head back (and visit more beautiful places)- so watch this space!