A Yorkshire brew wouldn't be the same without a tasty array of cakes and scones.

We’ve sniffed out the most scrumptious afternoon teas in and around Harrogate.


Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms

(1 Parliament Street, Harrogate HG1 2QU)

5 of the best afternoon teas in Harrogate

Bettys Tea Room in Harrogate (Picture: Bettys)

Betty’s of Harrogate, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, is the incontrovertible queen of high teas. Afternoon tea at Bettys is legendary and towering stack of goodies include the traditional petite sandwich slices, home-made scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam and three kinds of cake. Pink champagne comes as an optional extra. There are now cafes in York, Harlow Carr, Stonegate, Northallerton and Ilkley, all of them packed on a Saturday afternoon.


The Ivy, Harrogate

(7-9 Parliament St, Harrogate HG1 2QU)

5 of the best afternoon teas in Harrogate

Afternoon tea in style at The Ivy, Harrogate (Picture: The Ivy)

With a stunning terrace garden for afternoon tea on a summer’s day that features a flower wall adorned with peonies, roses and foxgloves, The Ivy afternoon tea arrives in style on a tiered stand with a mouth-watering array of open-topped savoury scones, gingerbread and miniature chocolate treats. This is a sophisticated venue for afternoon tea with cocktails on offer too.


The Wild Plum

(34-36 Hookstone Rd, Harrogate HG2 8BW)

5 of the best afternoon teas in Harrogate

American pancakes at The Wild Plum (Picture: The Wild Plum)

Afternoon tea at The Wild Plum certainly has a wow factor with many of the cakes and other dishes presented with decorative flowers. Bethany Haresign, the brains behind this chic cafe, trained with Michel Roux at the Waterside Inn in Bray where she cooked for the Queen. The American pancakes are the bees knees.


Filmore and Union

(71 Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1ST)

5 of the best places for afternoon tea in Harrogate

Picture: Filmore and Union

On the idyllic row of Station Parade is Filmore and Union, which offers a light, modern afternoon tea in elegant surroundings. Their contemporary spin on the classics includes fresh juices with gluten-free cakes and home-made scones served with Greek yoghurt. There’s also a selection of organic coffee and ‘wellness teas’.


Ripley Castle Tea Room

(Ripley, Harrogate, HG3 3AY)

5 of the best afternoon teas in Harrogate

Tea at Ripley Castle (Picture: Ripley Castle)

For those who prefer their afternoon tea in 14th-century castle style, Ripley Castle boasts a lovely tea room not far from Harrogate. Plump for fancy cream scones, top notch sandwiches and high class cakes with a view over the beautiful castle gardens. Four-legged friends are also welcome.


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