As my go to breakfast at anywhere decent, I went for Eggs Benedict, my absolute fave. As I knew it would be, the whole thing was utterly scrummy. Beautifully rich, orange runny yolks and smoked Yorkshire ham. The English muffin was perfect as I expected. If we'd have been there any later we'd definitely have been hitting up the patisserie too. Sadly, with a slight hang over on our heads, sweet things could have been a step too far!
What really struck me most about this place was the timelessness of it all. As a history graduate (ahem.. a while ago now) I just love finding places where time stands still. The Harrogate tea room was the first in the Betty's empire and opened in 1919, almost 100 years ago and yet we could have been sat there drinking our tea in 1925, 1950, 1998 or I suspect 2020 and not know the difference. Despite decor updates over the years, the place has changed so little that anyone jumping into a time capsule would instantly feel at home, whatever era they'd travelled from.
Before leaving, we headed into the shop and bought a Fat Rascal (scone/cake hybrid from heaven) for the drive to Scarborough. Everything was beautiful, right down to the uniforms of the staff. We spent as much time as the queue would allow talking to the lady on the till and the air of enthusiasm was palpable. She was clearly passionate about working there. And why wouldn't she be? Bettys is an institution!
Have you been to any of the other Bettys? What were your experiences?
*We paid for our breakfast and Betty's did not know I was planning to review the visit*