Taking afternoon teas is age-old British tradition which was first created by the 7th Duchess of Bedford, back in 1870. The idea was that it would fill the hungry void left between lunch at the late meal in the evening. As soon as she started to invite people to join her, word spread across the country and the rest is history.
Nowadays, afternoon tea isn’t taken daily by most people and it is saved for special occasions or when friends get together. It is still a very fancy affair and one that has evolved over the years. One of the best places to enjoy a truly traditional afternoon tea is in Harrogate, Yorkshire – Yorkshire has long had a connection with afternoon tea.
There are many fantastic places to stay in this town. There are many beautiful hotels, bed and breakfasts, as well as Airbnb options and self-catering apartments and houses too. The sheer beauty of the place made it difficult to chose where to stay. Eventually, I decided to put my head down with Nightspace Harrogate on my fantastic afternoon tea experience.
In this town, there is a never-ending list of great little spots to enjoy this British custom. It seems very fitting to take afternoon tea in Harrogate because it offers the perfect chance to rest and refuel before you head out to enjoy the shops and luxurious surroundings. So let’s take a look at the best places that Harrogate has to offer us.
The Devonshire Arms
This is the number one place to celebrate that special birthday or anniversary. The surroundings of the Devonshire Arms can simply be described as decadent. The best place to enjoy afternoon tea is in the Cocktail Lounge and Conservatory. Here you’ll be able to look out over the fantastic views. To add a bit of class to the event you can even book yourselves some Spa treatments, the ideal way to treat your mum on mothers day.
Filmore and Union
Fancy afternoon tea with a modern touch? The Filmore and Union is the place for you. Everything you eat will have been baked onsite and is even available in a 100% gluten-free option too. This stylish and fashionable venue has added their very own spin on the great custom that is British Afternoon Tea.
Queen Victoria is often seen as one of the biggest pioneers of the afternoon tea tradition. She was such a huge advocate of the custom that she even created her own special cake to be eaten at tea, The Victoria Sponge. The Majestic aims to carry on this great tradition by offering some specially chosen period sandwiches and sweet delights. The guys here have taken a step back in time to give you one of the most authentic teas on offer in Harrogate, they have all the classics available and they’re all absolutely scrumptious too.
Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms
You can’t mention afternoon tea in Harrogate without Bettys coming up in conversation, even before I had been to Harrogate I was well aware of this famous tea room. If Harrogate is one of the homes of the British afternoon tea, then Bettys is certainly the palace. It is definitely the best and most perfect place that I have ever taken afternoon tea – it’s both stylish and unbelievably delicious. Most places don’t offer reservations for afternoon tea, but at Bettys, you are able to book your table. It’s known by locals as Lady Betty Afternoon Tea, it is always teeming with groups of female friends catching up with one another and tucking into the homemade delights.
Fodder is a truly unique location. It is both a farm shop and cafe that supports over 300 local producers and farms. You can eat at any time of the day here as they offer, breakfast, lunch and snacks. The best time to come though is for the afternoon tea. With all the produce sourced locally, you will be able to devour some of the best scones and clotted cream you have ever tasted.