As you may have gathered from many of my previous posts, I'm rather partial to an Afternoon Tea. In fact, I'm a little bit obsessed. I have gone from Afternoon Tea virgin to a self proclaimed Afternoon Tea connoisseur in a matter of months and I cannot get enough of them. Recently I was kindly invited down to Betty's in York to sample their new Lady Betty Afternoon Tea menu. My blogging bestie Lizi and I made our way up to the glamorous Belmont suit situated on the first floor of the tea room and was treated like royalty during our two hour stay. The piano played in the background, we drank champagne and ate like Queens and you too can experience this with the menu.
As I'm vegetarian my menu options are slightly different to the classic Lady Betty menu, but nevertheless, they are still absolutely scrumptious. As an appetiser I was served this wonderful avocado mousse with fresh chopped tomato salad. The dish was beautifully presented and was perfectly light, whetting our appetite for the next few courses.
My starter was then a mushroom frittata and what I think was a Mediterranean vegetable style wrap. In all honesty I ate it quicker than I could acknowledge what was on the plate. It tasted mouth wateringly good and I couldn't get enough of it.
As if those two courses weren't enough, we were then brought out the star attraction, the classic afternoon tea. My sandwiches were a mix of goats cheese and beetroot, cucumber and cream cheese and egg mayonnaise. All of which were fantastic and yet again tasted so fresh and light. The sandwiches were in nice small portions so they weren't too filling. I admit, by this time my stomach was feeling a little bit full but we were given a three hour time slot to enjoy our afternoon and eat at our own leisure. It was nice not to feel rushed and the piano playing in the background made us feel relaxed. It was a perfect girls day out.
After a good half an hour rest from digesting our sandwiches, we made our way onto the scones. We were given two types of scones - a classic scone and a Yorkshire Lavender scone. Seriously, words cannot describe how nice that Lavender scone was. I didn't know what to expect tasting Lavender for the first time - I thought it would be quite strong and floral, instead it was delicate, aromatic and added to the sweetness of the scone. It was probably one of the nicest scones I've ever had.
My final course and the one that left me feeling completely stuffed, yet extremely satisfied consisted of a mini Fresh Berry Meringue, a Coffee Religieuse (a choux pastry bun filled with coffee cream) and a macaroon. This dish was heaven on a plate. So many of my favourite desserts, all presented in the prettiest way and of course, so Instagrammable!I felt like that kid on the film Matalida, you know, the one who ate all the chocolate cake and wouldn't stop? I could have devoured this dessert three times over...if I wasn't watching my waistline and could afford to gain three stone.
The Lady Betty tea costs £32.95 without Champagne and £39.95 with Champagne and I would fully recommend it to those looking for a relaxing girly days out where you can dress up and eat lots of nice food. The atmosphere is lovely, the service is second to none and the decor is outstanding. Visiting Betty's is an experience that will stay with you.
Have you been to Betty's Tearooms before?