Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Old-fashioned fun at Betty's tearoom (York part 2)

Little Betty's
46 Stonegate
York
Y01 8AS
Tel: +44(0)1904 622865
Betty's


After a continental breakfast courtesy of our hotel we headed out to take in the sights and sounds of York. We decided to take afternoon tea at 'Little Betty's' tearoom. Betty's was founded in 1936 and is still offering superior examples of such English delicacies such as Yorkshire rascals ( a kind of teacake), scones, cakes, teas and sandwiches. We were nearer to 'Little Betty's' so decided to stop there. The main branch in York is always packed and you usually have to wait a while. As it was we queued for 10 minutes at 'Little Betty's'. The Veggie questioned whether it was going to be worth it, but I maintained that if we were going to take afternoon tea in York it was going to be at Betty's...

Eventually we were shown to a table. Everything about Betty's is traditional from the top quality service to the quintessentially English menu and decor. We decided to share an afternoon tea - around 15 pounds for "finger sandwiches with 2 filings of our choice (we plumped for egg and cress and roast chicken), a scone with jam and cream, and a selection of miniature cakes.
All sounding lovely but a bit too much for one person anyway. The Veggie had the included pot of tea and I ordered an additional Banana milkshake with vanilla pod ice cream.

Our tea was presented to us on a three tiered display and was very good indeed. The sandwiches were literally finger-sized but totally delicious as was the filing scone which we also split. I expertly halved the rest of the cakes, a lemon cake, a small eclair and another which I think was chocolate.

Afterwards I bought some biscuits, ginger and oat and brown betty's (chocolate) in the downstairs shop.

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