I had such an amazing time with them and it was so lovely to spend some quality time with them, all the while indulging in some delicious food.
Today’s post is all about the things we ate at Betty’s and why I totally recommend paying a visit to the tearooms if you’re ever in York.
There are a number of Betty’s tearooms located in and around Yorkshire, with the two most famous ones located in York and Harrogate. While I’ve never actually been to the Harrogate store, I have been to the York one a couple of times now and everytime I visit, it just seems to get better and better.
Last week was my 20th birthday and my mum and dad treated me to lunch at Betty’s. It was so nice to spend some quality time with my parents as we very rarely get to spend time together just us three.
The tearooms at Betty’s York are absolutely huge and so elegant and ornate. The interior is just as beautiful as the exterior, with large windows, gorgeous marble tables and an abundance of cakes decorating the place. The queues are usually enormous at Betty’s but luckily we didn’t have to wait too long for a table during our visit.
We were seated downstairs in the tearooms which was actually much quieter than upstairs. Despite every table being full, the atmosphere wasn’t too noisy at all and every single staff member were incredibly friendly and attentive. We ordered a pot of tea to share between us to start which arrived before our lunch. The tea itself was nothing too out of the ordinary; just your typical English Breakfast tea but I always think it tastes nicer out of a teapot.
We then ordered lunch and I opted for the chicken caesar salad which is something that I never do, because hello, it has salad in it. However, this was absolutely delicious and definitely one of the best meals I’ve eaten in a very long time. The chicken was juicy and tender, the lettuce was fresh and crisp, the croutons were perfectly crunchy and the caesar dressing was so yummy. I would absolutely eat this again and I can’t believe that I actually enjoyed a bloody salad!
My mum went for the roasted red pepper frittata with potato and sun-blushed tomato which tasted as good as it looked! Despite it looking pretty small, it was actually a remarkably decent size and my mum couldn’t quite finish it off! She did say however that it was so yummy; the potatoes were divine, the vegetables were fresh and delicious and the frittata itself was incredible.
Despite our bellies being incredibly full from our mains, we still managed to squeeze a dessert (or two) in. We decided to share the strawberry cheesecake and lemon curd tart; both of which were bloody lovely.
The strawberry cheesecake was light and fluffy, with a gorgeous biscuit base and a fresh strawberry on top. The lemon curd tart was tangy and fresh without being too sweet or sickly and it was just the right size without being too much. I would highly recommend both of these desserts if you ever visit Betty’s.
My dad didn’t actually eat anything as he’s on this special diet where he only eats once a day (insane, I know!) but my mum and I thoroughly enjoyed tucking in to our delicious dishes. I absolutely love Betty’s for lunch or even just for a cup of tea and a cake and if you ever get the chance then you should definitely tick it off your list as it’s such an iconic place to eat in York!
I had such a wonderful 20th birthday with my parents and they made it so special. I also went to a steak house with Matt in the evening and I truly felt so incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such amazing people on my birthday. As you can see from the picture above, I really was a very happy girl to be eating lunch at Betty’s!
Have you ever been to Betty’s? Would you like to go one day? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.