Does a cup of strong, rich tea and plate of salmon sandwiches sound like a delightful way to spend a lazy afternoon? Afternoon tea has long been the perfect way to spoil family and friends so why not take them to Harrogate to enjoy this fine tradition in a sophisticated setting.
Elegant contemporary style meets Yorkshire heritage in these darling cafes and foodie destinations. Celebrate a special occasion, take your friends for a fancy tea, or dine during your holidays at one of these gorgeous eateries.
It’s nigh on impossible to stay in the county without indulging in a pot of irresistible Yorkshire tea. Our list is a compilation of places that offer a variety of delightful finger food including elegant cucumber sandwiches, scrumptious lemon cake and a splash of top-quality tea.
Take a look at the best places to while away the afternoon in classic Harrogate style:
One of the most popular establishments in the area, Betty’s is very proud of what they call their ‘legendary’ afternoon tea made famous by the delectable sweet treats. Opened over a century ago by a Swiss confectioner, this tearoom has had decades to perfect the art of the afternoon tea. It’s true that the reputation of this tearoom precedes it, so why not take a bite and put those rumours to the test?
Sip tea in the lounge of this magnificent hotel. A central location and half a mile from the town centre, popular Turkish Baths and Convention Centre makes this the perfect stop on a tour of the town.
A 400-year-old olive tree is currently growing in the centre of the conservatory where afternoon tea is served. Admire this impressive ancient relic and gaze out at parkland of the estate while dining on your mid-afternoon treat.
Specialising in cakes and sweet treats, Mama Doreen’s is a gorgeous little café and family business to stop at for afternoon tea. A treasure-trove of sugary goodies to discover on Cold Bath Road in the centre of town.
See the Dales by helicopter with a trip to this extraordinary hotel. Located in the neighbouring town of Skipton, within the Harrogate District, The Devonshire Arms offers this extraordinary trip as part of your afternoon tea experience. If there’s time, after disembarking you could take a walk around Skipton town and gaze up at Bolton Abbey.
A magnificent Victorian-era house located between Harrogate’s The Stray and the Convention Centre. This hotel is part of The Cairn Collection, a hotel group that specialises in landmark locations, and offers afternoon tea in a sophisticated setting. Originally built as Harrogate soared in popularity during the Victorian era and struck by bombs during WWII, it’s intriguing heritage only adds to the charming atmosphere of the place.
This place knows the importance of a good cuppa; they offer unique blends in a stylish bistro setting. Dine in this contemporary eatery, sip champagne in the garden or surprise someone with a gift experience for a special occasion.
This darling eatery is attached to Snooty Frox of Harrogate, an occasion wear store, so you know that the café is styled to match the boutique’s glamour. Down the road from Hornbeam Park station, it would suit those on a shopping spree or planning and in need of inspiration for a big event.
An award-winning food hall and café with an emphasis on local produce so you know you are eating well. Surround yourself with the pleasant views of Harrogate’s Crimple Valley offered through the large windows of this stylish establishment.
An afternoon spent well
Everyone adores those couple of hours between lunch and dinner reserved for a coffee and cake. Trays piled high with small savoury treats and sugary desserts combine to make a delightful afternoon rest stop, and Harrogate, with its reputation as a stylish town, is a pleasing place to entertain during tea time.
Pick out the perfect spot for meeting a colleague, discuss the day’s plans with friends or consider your evening dining options with a partner.
Maybe you prefer privacy and seclusion while relaxing throughout the afternoon? The only way to gain that exclusive experience is to hire a private chef to cater for you and your group in your own luxury accommodation.
Our sophisticated cottages and lodges in Harrogate with impressive features may suit your style allowing you to spoil your guests when you host a gathering for a group of friends or family.
For those travelling on their own or as a couple, we have stunning apartments, ideal for luxuriating in your room while taking afternoon tea in the peace and quiet.
Browse our cottages for an excellent property where you can unwind and entertain during your visit to Harrogate. Have a look through our collection here.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Henry James, American author of Turn of the Screw, Portrait of a Lady, and Wings of the Dove