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 Breakfast 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 😀

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 😀

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

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The Earl Grey Tearooms | A Disappointed Emily

It was recently a bank holiday in the UK. This meant a lot of people got the day off work including me (woo) and thankfully so did my sister. She suggested we do something together and as always, I suggested we go to a tearoom.

My idea was to visit the nicely named ‘The Earl Grey Tearooms‘ in York. This tearoom is actually located along the famous York street ‘The Shambles‘, so I had quite high expectations for this place.

This tearoom has a really nice exterior (see banner photo), though all the shop fronts down the shambles are  protected from changes due to their age, so I’m not sure they can take all the credit!

They have quite a homely tearoom decor, which I rather liked.

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My sister and I were joined at the Tearoom by one of our friends, who doesn’t visit often, which was nice.

We were seated fairly quickly but were shocked to find ourselves still waiting to order a mere 30 minutes later. And when the waitress did come up, she then took the order from a table who had arrived after us. We couldn’t believe it! By this time, we were hungry, annoyed but really short of time, so we had to stick it out. My sister and I both ordered afternoon tea, and our friend ordered a scone and hot chocolate.

Our drinks arrived fairly promptly and to be fair the hot chocolate looked scrummy but just take a look at that strainer cup…plastic?!?!? What on earth are they thinking? I may be a bit traditional at times when it comes to my afternoon tea, but are they trying to make me never come again? It looks like it came from a hospital. I was very sad to see this at my table


hot choccy


So moving on, next came out the afternoon tea stands and to be fair the food was pretty good. I liked the basic sandwiches, nothing too fancy but really wholesome. The scones was delicious, especially with the jam and clotted cream (apparently some people have whipped cream…who are you people? We need to discuss this…maybe get you some therapy :p) and we each had a delicious looking cake on top.

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Here’s a big question for you, how do you like your scone?

jam ontop 2

Jam on Top or….

cream ontop

Clotted Cream on Top?

Let me know which you prefer!

The service was very poor in this place and I felt really let down by it. Overall I give this place 2* but only because the food made up for the poor service a bit. It’s not somewhere I would recommend but as always, I highly suggest you try it out for yourself 😀

Another tearoom review soon and boy was it a whole different experience!!

Another day, another tea shop….


My close friends visited at the weekend and I took them to the local vintage tea shop: The Wellwalk Tearooms.

We decided to go for the afternoon tea menu, which included a pot of tea, sandwiches, a homemade scone with jam and cream, some cakes and some smaller treats. All for £12. An absolute bargain I think.

My friends really enjoyed it and here are a few more photos to prove it 🙂



Well worth a visit!

Did I mention the delicious macaroons?


Tata for now
Em x