Whenever I walk past Bettys in Harrogate there’s usually a long queue of people snaking round the outside of the building determined to sample the delights of the tearoom.
It’s a fairly fast-moving queue and anyone who has been to Bettys will know that it’s most certainly worth the wait. However, I suffer from extreme impatience and my 19-year-old daughter has inherited that character trait so, keen to show her what all the fuss is about and knowing how she loves a full English, I decided to take her for breakfast.
It’s now become our special treat. Breakfast at Betty’s followed by a spot of shopping, back to Bettys to buy cakes from the shop and away home before Harrogate gets unbearably busy. It’s a win-win and we still get cake.
The tearoom opens at 9am and we usually land there bang on and sail straight in – no waiting. We’ve sampled various items on the menu. I am vegetarian and usually opt for either the tea-infused bread, £3.25, or the crushed avocado with poached eggs served on toasted sourdough bread and served with vine tomatoes, £9.25.
Grace loves the English breakfast, which features perfectly cooked, grease-free Yorkshire bacon and sausages, £11.50. One of the best bits for me is the coffee – it is amazing and I am a bit fussy when it comes to coffee. It has to be strong and smooth (sounds like someone’s ideal man, though I’ve learned that “strong and kind” is really what you need). Anyway, I always go for the World’s Best cafetiere for one, which looks lovely and delivers two cups of coffee.
Needless to say that everything this wonderful Yorkshire family firm delivers is perfect, from the utterly delicious food to the impeccable service and the five star loos. Our breakfast bill is a little extravagant, I know. But we do it only once in a while and it is so very special. It’s a bit of “happy” in a sometimes difficult world. I believe everyone would benefit from a bit of Bettys in their life.
P.S. You can book afternoon tea at Bettys if you don’t fancy the wait.