Betty’s Afternoon Tea | A Review

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So many words, so many tastes……the Betty’s Afternoon Tea was the perfect Birthday Treat and I’m here to tell you why!

First of all I went with my sister, who took me for my Birthday lunch out which was pretty special in itself. I’ve been to Betty’s in York many times but I’ve never tried the Afternoon Tea. Has to be for a special occasion, don’t you think?

Afternoon Tea

The first major choice was what kind of tea.

Silver Tea Service

Surprise, surprise I went for Earl Grey and my sister had the Betty’s BreakfastΒ blend.

Tea pre-milk

The standard Afternoon Tea comes with the following sandwich selection:

Prawn Marie Rose & Oak Roast Salmon, Roast Yorkshire Ham & Mustard and Coronation Chicken and Free Range Egg-Mayonnaise & Cress.

My sister had all of them but me the fussy eater, just asked for Smoked Salmon sandwiches and they were more than happy to accommodate me. So I was a very happy bunny. We were quite naughty as well and ordered our favourite pikelets (basically flat crumpets – you must try them!).

Smoked Salmon Sandwiches Pikelets

Next the Afternoon Tea comes with:

Freshly baked Sultana Scone with Strawberry Preserve and Yorkshire Clotted Cream.

Sultana Scone

Soo tasty!
The scones were delightful. I found them slightly heavier than my usual scone but I think it was because they were sultana scones. I was hoping for them to be warmed but sadly not.

Great scones though, really fresh and moist. All of the food is cooked every day by Betty’s, which just added to the wonderful taste. I only managed half of mine, as I wanted to fit in all my cakes πŸ˜€

cream on top of jam

The last part of the Afternoon Tea is:

A selection of Handmade Cakes

We were given three cakes – a small raspberry custard tart, a brownie and a macaroon!

Selection of Cakes

The brownie was so sweet and heavy. Neither of us could actually finish this first cake. It did taste better when I put it with some of the raspberries but I’m not sure it’s the best type of cake for an Afternoon Tea.


The macaroon was made to perfection…light, airy and sweet.


The final cake, and my favourite, was the raspberry tart. I love anything with a bit of custard/cream type filling. The pastry was sweet and hard/soft (stood up well but just crumbled when you bit into it). The raspberries were delicious.

(Sadly I ate this so quickly I didn’t have time for a photo of it…oh well in my tummy)

The whole presentation of the Afternoon Tea was just incredible. Silver service just adds an air of sophistication and special-ness!

Cutlery pre-afternoon tes

Overall this afternoon tea really deserves a 10 out of 10! Can’t fault it (except my warm scone niggle). If you ever visit a Betty’s, you really must must try the afternoon tea πŸ˜€

I couldn’t leave the shop without buying a little something and shock horror it isn’t Earl Grey πŸ˜€

Betty's Everyday Blend

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2 thoughts on “Betty’s Afternoon Tea | A Review

  1. What a great birthday event–and happy birthday/happy year to come!

    You’ve given me a treasure trove of ideas for granddaughters and Valentines Day…I’m going to be scouting out some vintage tea cups to mail, along with a fancy mix for their Valentines Day tea….Love the photo with the downtown bustle seen through the lens of the tea goodies!

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