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Summary

£43
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A Yorkshire “legend”“the epitome of an old-fashioned afternoon tea room, and with a great pianist too”. “You might have a long wait in the queue to get in, but it’s worth it” for the “delicious pastries and well-filled sandwiches” served at this flagship of a family-owned business founded in 1919, now with five venues across North Yorkshire. “Places that are described as an ‘institution’ are often a stuffy, stilted let-down – Betty’s is none of the above”: “even the fish ’n’ chips are stylish”.

Summary

£43
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3
Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Betty’s is a real institution in Harrogate” of over a century’s standing, and as the home of “traditional afternoon tea at its best” these “quintessential” tea rooms are peerless (they are “masters of the art of making a visit memorable”). “Amazing cakes and pastries are made on the premises and served alongside a wonderful selection of teas”, in a “stunning” setting enlivened by a pianist tinkling away on the ivories in the background. “Thoughtful, delicious and with no unnecessary frills: this is Yorkshire through and through”. “You cannot book so turn up early”.

Summary

£43
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3
Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You haven’t had afternoon tea ’till you’ve been to Bettys”“a peerless institution” for over a hundred years, which “has not really changed” and where a visit “is likely to involve you in a long queue for a table (which says it all)”. “Go there hungry” to make the most of the brunch, sandwiches and cakes – all “beautifully presented in opulent surroundings”.

Summary

£40
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still the most civilised place on Earth” – these archetypal tea rooms have been a “Yorkshire institution” for a century now, founded as they were in 1919. There’s “no point wasting calories elsewhere” when here you can enjoy “afternoon tea, exactly as it should be”: “surrounded by starched white tablecloths and napkins, plus silver teapots, with a great selection of sandwiches (extra if you want them!) and cakes, plus unlimited tea or coffee served in grand surroundings by lovely staff”. “Every town should have one. Why don’t they?”

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Restaurant details

Entertainments,Highchair,Menu
30, 80
No dress code
166

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£11.20 £11.40 £4.95
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £23.50
Filter Coffee £3.75
Extras  
Bread £0.00
1 Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1 2QU
Opening hours
Monday9 am‑5 pm
Tuesday9 am‑5 pm
Wednesday9 am‑5 pm
Thursday9 am‑5 pm
Friday9 am‑5 pm
Saturday9 am‑5 pm
Sunday9 am‑5 pm

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