ooooo Betty!

My love of autumn has been revived by a gorgeous weekend in York…bright blue skies, fluffy white clouds, amazing autumn leaves…

and afternoon tea at a real northern institution…Bettys

Bettys is ever so popular and there’s always a queue of eager sweet toothed tourists awaiting their turn to sample the delicacies…

With this in mind I’d booked a table upstairs in the ‘Belmont Room’…

what it lacked in busy buzzy cafe atmosphere it made up for with its elegant cruise liner inspired art deco features. The waitresses were dressed in period clothes and a live pianist serenaded us…all very sophisticated!

But let me get back to the main event…

A pot of Bettys tea room blend tea…

and a tower of delicate goodies…

dainty but well filled, crustless roast ham and smoked salmon sandwiches (with real butter of course)…

a sultana scone, which had a very pleasant lemon zing to it served with strawberry jam and clotted cream…

and to top it off a minature chocolate eclair, a fresh fruit tart and a lemon financier…

The financier was so very moist and had a crunchy lemon drizzle topping (definitely on the ‘must bake’ list) but for me the raspberry tart really stole the show…extremely light pastry, a sweet, creamy custard filling to die for, topped with tart but succulent raspberries. It definitely deserves a picture of its own…

Despite having filled myself up with a huge breakfast at the hotel I managed to polish the whole.lot.off…

On the way out I had a recce of the shop, which was chock full of Bettys goodies…

It may have become a Mecca for tourists but the experience of a trip back in time to this wonderful afternoon tea emporium remains a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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