Harrogate is a spa town is widely visited by tourists wishing to see unusual sights, historic buildings and beautiful scenery. It’s also well known for its wonderful Turkish baths with Islamic arches, walls of lovely glazed brickwork, the arabesque painted ceilings and terrazzo floors laid by the best Italian experts.
Tea at Betty’s Tea Rooms
Charlie and I started our sunny Sunday at Betty’s Tea Rooms, which I absolutely love. We were seated in one of the Betty’s atmospheric rooms were we enjoyed our morning tea with the Downton Abbey tune. How very posh!
Charlie enjoyed his House Blend Tea – traditional rich blend of top-class African and Assam teas with a huge Yorkshire Fat Rascal – it was massive and very tasty!
I went for an extremely delicious and chocolatey Swiss Chocolate & Raspberry Torte made from Swiss dark chocolate, almonds, hazelnuts & caramelized raspberries. And to make my morning even better, I ordered one of the loveliest China rose teas, layered with fragrant rose petals, believed to keep mind, body and spirit in perfect harmony (that’s what the menu says!).
After the perfect Sunday morning tea, I popped into their little shop to get some shortbreads and browse the counters.Who can resist their sweet counter anyway!
It was a tough call, everything looked so good, but I made up my mind and got my guests a little treat – handmade Raspberry Macaroons made from raspberry buttercream and fresh raspberries, yum!
Valley Garden in Harrogate
With stomachs filled we trotted the streets of Harrogate for another hour or two. I was impressed with the Valley Garden situated in regal Low Harrogate. It is an English Heritage Grade II Listed Garden. I guess the sunshine helped me to enjoy it even more. I wish I had more time to explore it and have a long rest on one of those decorative benches.
The Royal Pump Museum
Across the road from the park, we admired the Royal Pump museum. It was too early and the museum was still closed, but the building itself was very impressive. It was built in 1842 and attracted masses of visitors, even famous people such as Tsarina Alexandra of Russia in 1911.
Montpellier Quarter – Harrogate’s best kept secret – home to exclusive shops, cafes, restaurants and the ‘Antiques and Art Centre of the North.’
Absolutely in love with this town, but the time was ticking and we had a few more places on our agenda, such as: Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale – part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and also the famous Mother Shipton’s Cave, Petrifying Well and Wishing Well in the picturesque Knaresborough can’t be missed.