SO much fun this weekend, I couldn’t wait too long to blog about it.
I was really lucky to be invited to Bettys Tea Party in London. What an amazing spread and such lovely people. The only time I had been to Bettys before was when I was appearing in a play a long time ago in York and I remembered that it was quite a special place – it instantly took me back.
We were all given a talk about Betty’s – and found out who started the famous family run tea rooms and why. It was started by a chap called Frederick Belmont who ended up in Harrogate by mistake, after travelling from Switzerland to the UK. Luckily for them all up North, he stayed and created what has now become six tea rooms, a craft bakery, a cookery school and online shop.
My favourite thing was the fondant fancy decorating competition. We were given a demonstration by one of Betty’s expert confectioners and then let loose to do our own. We were given four each and ten minutes to come up with our own designs. To be honest, I was pretty busy gas bagging to the other bloggers on my table and taking in all of the wonderful surroundings and the lovely vintage pastel colour palettes – but got my skates on when we given a five minute countdown. Amazingly I came third ( my ones are bottom, second from left ) – there were some lovely cakes with really pretty little drawings, so I felt honoured – and won some yummy truffles. Whoop !
Our next task was to dress our table with selected cakes, plates and cups and saucers. Lots of beautiful delicate, colourful pieces of china to choose from. We were incredibly restrained and managed to put together some pieces without eating anything. We took some photos and then sat down to tuck in.
I drank lots of Elderflower Presse while others drank champagne and then we all had a nice cup of their very own Yorkshire Tea. I had no idea that they made that too.
The cakes – oh, the cakes. What can I say ? They were amazing. There were macarons, fondant fancies, cupcakes and then there were florentines and chocolates … so many delicious handmade treats to try. I’m not sure I will ever be able to eat any other make of pralines again, they were so good.
I think we all left feeling really happy, full, like we had made some new blogger friends and that we were lucky to have been treated to a very special afternoon.
If you live up North and have been to a Bettys before for one of their famous afternoon teas, then you will know what I mean, if you haven’t then I recommend – and if you don’t live near one of their tea rooms, there is always their online shop where you can buy all of their products. Thank goodness for that. :)
My next visit to a tea room has a lot to live up to !
Have you been to Bettys before ? What did you try ? I hope you enjoyed hearing about my experience – leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog – look forward to it.