I Love Betty’s and having afternoon tea there is a Yorkshire tradition. However the last time I tried to take tea in Harrogate I found that Betty’s had become perhaps too much of a institution. As coach load, after coach load, of tourists disembarked, a queue formed outside the tea room and snaked down the road. As lovely as Betty’s is, I was too gasping to wait. So onwards! I walked into Harroagte town centre and came across the promising looking Baltzersens.
surroundings. – See more at: http://www.baltzersens.co.uk/about/#sthash.STgb0ucH.dpuf
It was the freshly baked cinnamon buns, skillfully displayed in the cafe window to tempt customers in, that got me! However on entering Baltzersens I could quickly see that this cafe was doing more than riding the current ‘Scandi’ trend. The cafe claims;
“Baltzersen’s is a café that offers you the best Yorkshire sourced ingredients prepared with Scandinavian inspiration to deliver a taste of the Nordic north in relaxed and calm surroundings”.
The menu is fully Nordic with a strong attempt to source Yorkshire produce. There is also a nod to provide organic foods too, tho disappointingly not any of the meat options. However for me it was the afternoon tea option in which, perhaps surprisingly, Baltzersens excels.
Ok so afternoon tea at Baltzersens isn’t going to be Betty’s but perhaps, and refreshingly, that’s just exactly why it works. It’s a cool cafe, decorated in minimal Scandinavian chic and frequented by ‘hipster’ clientele who create a noisy buzz. I managed to nab the cabin booth, which is just that, a little recreation of a Norwegian cabin in a cafe. In this quiet spot with my tea drinking companion, we ordered a freshly made waffle with seasonal fruit compote and a pot of Russian Caravan tea.
Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about the tea. Proper tea, proper loose leaf tea served piping hot and accompanied with a pot of hot water (without me even having to ask for it!). The waffle was lovely and fresh and the compote sweet & fruity. Eaten with plenty of cream it was delicious, but the tea… yes I’m still talking about it! Probably one of the best pots of tea I have ever drunk, and I’ve drunk a lot! My companion said it could be the soft Yorkshire water that makes the tea taste so good. If that’s the case then I’m going back, not just to Yorkshire but to Baltzersens!