Bettys at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens
Bettys Café Tea Rooms at the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr offer all the delights of a visit to one of Bettys’ traditional venues – delicious cakes, dainty pastries, freshly baked bread and, of course, high standards and friendly smiles – but in a very different modern location.
The RHS 58-acre garden can be found on the southwestern outskirts of Harrogate, and is home to peaceful woodland, meadows, flower gardens and seven historical gardens from the BBC series ‘Gardens Through Time’. As it’s located alongside rather than inside, you don’t have to pay to enter the gardens to visit Bettys, and there’s lots of free parking.
Inside you’ll find an extensive range of breads, cakes and chocolates, all made by hand at Bettys Craft Bakery, as well as a small deli section with cheeses, pastries, salads and soups. For those who want a full menu there’s the café, whilst the coffee shop offers a range of salads, sandwiches, cakes and pastries for a quick stop or light lunch.
The Terrace, overlooking the gardens, must surely be one of the most beautiful locations to take afternoon tea al fresco in Yorkshire… if not the country!
We ordered a light sandwich for lunch: poached salmon on mixed grain bread, followed by green tea. To take away, we grabbed a plump and fruity Fat Rascal scone.
Throughout the summer you’ll also find a Bettys Tea House in the middle of the gardens – the perfect place to buy a sandwich, cake and drink to enjoy as a picnic whilst you explore.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor