1 Parliament Street
Good place to take a date:
Rating for dating aside, Bettys is a British institution. A beacon of the North for tradition and class, this fabulous café-cum-restaurant is quintessentially English. From the china tea cups to the immaculate staff, the overall effect of this place is really something special. So surprise your partner with an altogether different Yorkshire date and pay a visit to Bettys for brunch, afternoon tea, or even dinner. Be prepared to queue, but the buzz of excitement of the diners and the eye-catching treats displayed all around make it a worthwhile wait. And you’ll be made to feel like a valued couple when you are seated.
Good place to meet for a first date:
Show your date a spontaneous side and break away from the traditional dinner date with a trip to this quaint and elegant tea room. Whilst it might be a little on the expensive side for a first date in Yorkshire, the novelty totally justifies the price and you won’t get swindled on portion sizes either. After all, you’re in Yorkshire now. Take afternoon tea for two or tuck into more hearty British dishes as you watch the world go by out of the window and soak up the warm ambience of the restaurant. It’s really got pretty much everything going for it.
Turns out it isn’t just little old ladies who love tea and cake. Find businessmen, friends, family and couples all queuing to discover the joys of a trip to Bettys. A must-do attraction in Harrogate whether you’re visiting for the Tour de Yorkshire this summer, attending a show or conference, or simply wanting a relaxing weekend away in the spa town.
Time of review:
From morning til late, Bettys is packed with tourists and locals alike treating themselves to a five star experience in Harrogate. The brunch menu is delightfully tempting if you want to get in early, whilst the versatile menu works for lunch and dinner depending on when you want to visit. There’s always a busy buzz about the place, just leave time to queue for a table.
Average cost of a meal and a drink:
If you’re just wanting a cuppa and a cake you might be shocked at the prices in Bettys. However you pay for the finest ingredients in everything from the coffee to the main meals, and you really can taste the difference. An elegant twist on British cuisine, go all out with a champagne afternoon tea for two at £25 a head, or keep it simple with tea and cake for just under £10.
Type of cuisine:
Bettys brands its food as drawing ‘from the Swiss Alps to the Yorkshire Dales’, allowing the wider European influence to shape the menu without straying away from its focus. As a result, you’ll find Yorkshire rarebit alongside more exotic things on the menu such as Flammkuchen and Tarte au Citron, providing plenty of choice.
As a totally unique idea for a Yorkshire date that will leave your belly full and your eyes opened to the joys of British traditions and cuisine, it’s no wonder that Bettys only increases in popularity over time. An utterly fabulous alternative to your standard evening meal, it’s a great way to show off your fun side on a visit to Harrogate. That’s why we’ve crowned it the winner of our countdown.