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Published February 12th 2015
A tea-room that has stood the test of time
Jump on the Northern rail train from Leeds to York and within 35 minutes you arrive in Harrogate. A historic spa town, Harrogate appears untouched by modernity. With open gardens and Georgian buildings lining the streets, it is a far cry from the intense hustle-and-bustle of Leeds.
Within the old fashioned streets is a gem in its own right; Betty's Team Room. Betty's is an iconic three floored tea room. Its elegance lies in its unassuming exterior, and old-fashioned glamorous interior where waiters and waitresses in tuxedos lead you to your seat.
At lunch time, expect to queue out the door, so avoid the rush by arriving early. We headed to Betty's in time for brunch. For a delicious treat, try their traditional Eggs Benedict with roast Yorkshire ham smothered with a rich, generous helping of hollandaise sauce.
If you are looking for the best sandwich options, there are plenty to choose from. We chose the classic club sandwich; sandwich-upon-sandwich crammed full of free-range chicken, crisp bacon, mayonnaise and lettuce encased within malted grain bread. A classic done well.
Betty's charm lies in them never straying very far from tradition. However, their menu holds a delicious twist; their range of incredible international coffees. The waiters and waitresses are incredibly knowledgeable, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone selecting coffees for you according to your criteria. From the citrus notes of the Rwandan Lake Kivu, to the full-bodied Java Kalibaru coffee; ensure you venture into the unknown on your visit.
Whether you go to Betty's for their traditional breakfast's, exceptional cakes, or their exotic coffees, there is something for everyone!
Hello Bryony, what a lovely place Betty's appears and your article matches perfectly. You got me in with the Eggs Benedict and I stayed for all those coffees. Great place and great article, thanks. Tony