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Friday, 30 March 2018

Betty's Afternoon Tea

It's been a while since my last post - sorry about it, things have been a little hectic because I'm changing career and retraining and it is making me feel super-stressed so I have been a bit AWOL.

I thought I'd share this afternoon tea at Betty's with you all - for my US and S.Asia readers (my biggest demographic), afternoon tea is an English tradition, it's not an everyday thing, but for a special occasion nothing is better. Betty's has a couple of branches in the North of England but none in London so it doesn't get anywhere near the amount of hype it should despite being absolutely really nice.

If you end up visiting the UK and want to try British things you absolutely need to go for afternoon tea, have a gin and tonic, eat fish and chips and have a dinner involving yorkshire puddings.

Anyway, back to Betty's - I went to meet a couple of my friends. We all went for the standard afternoon tea and thought it was really nice.

We started with tea and sandwiches; I was driving so no champagne for me (tiny tears haha). The staff were really attentive, especially to dietary requirements and let us swap our fillings around which was lovely because I don't eat red meat and it can be a bit of a pain sometimes when I eat out to get no red meat but not have the vegetarian options.

We had sandwiches of smoked salmon with cream cheese, egg mayonnaise with cress (such a classic) and roast chicken. My friends also got yorkshire ham sandwiches but they let me switch mine out for another smoked salmon. We also got a beautiful fluffy raisin scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam and 3 beautiful tiny sweets - a lemon macaroon with a lemon curd filling, a fruit tart and a gateau l'opera (fancy mocha cake).

It was all really nice but obviously my favourite was the mocha cake because yanoo...chocolate.

There's something so fancy about eating tiny puddings isn't there?

I'm supposed to be eating healthily but it was so worth having this as a bit of a one-off treat. Afterwards we were all saying how nice it was to go out for food and not feel overly full so we thought the portions were perfectly sized. Funnily enough we stayed for about 3 hours which is ridiculous now I think about it but it's easy to do that catching up with friends isn't it? We weren't rushed out or anything which was really nice.

The afternoon tea was good value at £20 per person and absolutely worth it for the experience; The staff were so lovely and not pretentious at all so we really enjoyed ourselves. Of course, if you do want to spend a bit more and take something home with you, the Easter eggs they sell are absolutely beautiful.

You can order them here, although I specifically requested the one in the photo below and so far there hasn't been any giant deliveries haha.



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