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There are a lot of things Yorkshire does exceedingly well: breathtaking scenery, real ale and food to name but three. But perhaps one thing stands head and shoulders above the rest: a proper good cup of tea in a proper good tea room! We've had the pleasure of trying rather a lot of these tea rooms on our travels, so we've pulled together this list of ten of the best. There are countless more which could be on the list, and if you have a particular favourite we would love to hear about it!
So here goes, our Gorgeous Guide to the top 10 tea rooms in Yorkshire:
1. Bettys Tea Rooms - York, Harrogate, Ilkley, Northallerton
It comes as no surprise that top of the list is the iconic Bettys. A much-loved Yorkshire institution which counts locals and tourists among its army of passionate supporters. There are a total of 6 different tea rooms across Yorkshire now, with the flagship ones in York and Harrogate. We love the old world charm and immaculate attention to detail. There are few finer pleasures in life than settling down to a buttery fat rascal and cup of tea in Bettys.
2. The Black Swan Tea Room - Helmsley
If you had to design the perfect tea room, we're pretty sure this is how it would look. Think pristine white table cloths, warm wooden floors, solid oak panelling and a beautiful patisserie nestling in the corner. The sandwiches here are excellent, as is the service. The classic cream tea is particularly good.
3. Lavenders - Thornton-le-Dale
This gorgeous tea room is set in the chocolate-box village of Thorton-le-Dale in the North York Moors National Park. With an idyllic setting by the beck overlooking the village green, Lavenders is on to a winner before you even set foot in the door. But once you do, the charming tea room only adds to the pleasure where sugar bowls sit contentedly under lace covers and the scent of lavender is all around. You can choose to sit inside or out, and on a summer's day sitting down to a nice pot of tea with the babbling water in the background is heavenly.
4. Lockton Tea rooms and Gallery - Lockton
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Part art gallery, part tea rooms and all set within a very pretty village in the North York Moors. Very cosy interiors with original art and crafts from local artists all around you. Lots of delicious home baked treats on offer from scones to diet-busting cakes.
5. Bothams - Whitby
Another Yorkshire institution, the classic Botham Tea rooms have been a fixture of the Whitby streets for over 100 years. Founded by the indomitable Elizabeth Botham in 1865 this traditional tea room is still as popular as ever. And their chocolate chip biscuits are to die for.
6. The Old School Tearoom - Grassington
Set in an old school house near the popular village of Grassington in the Dales, this on-the-pulse contemporary tea room has plenty of substance and style. We highly recommend the vintage afternoon tea, an indulgent delight of sandwiches, scones and cake which should be savoured as long as possible!
7. The Bivouac Cafe - Masham
Bit naughty this one as its borderline more cafe than tea room. But the setting is so fantastic we just had to include it. On a warm summer's day you can sit out on the patio and enjoy stunning views down the valley. And it does a damned good slice of home-made cake.
8. Middleton Post Office Tea Parlour
A curious little place, blink and you'd miss it. With a real vintage 1940s vibe this is traditional tea drinking at its best. Everything is served on the finest china and the dainty little cakes are just scrummy.
9. Marie Antoinette's - Whitby
I had one of the best scones I've ever tasted in this cafe, and few have bettered it since. Stumble into Marie Antoinette's after a windswept walk along Whitby beach and settle down to a delicious cream tea. What weekends are made for.
10. Lotti's - Stokesley
A relatively new kid on the block, Lotti's is set in a pretty North Yorkshire town but would sit happily on the high street in Shoreditch. It's bang on trend with a stylish take on the vintage theme. Amazing cakes and scones with a good selection of speciality teas. I'm also rather partial to their Gin Fizzi cocktail too.
So there you have it, our take on Yorkshire's top 10 tea rooms. Have we missed any of your favourites? Then tell us about them!