Visiting a Yorkshire Tea Room is one of life’s pleasures. What better treat!
I’ve visited many over the years so to pick just 5 Yorkshire Tea Rooms isn’t an easy task yet the research was fun! Crucially, all these tea rooms offer delicious home made Yorkshire food and a friendly Yorkshire welcome.
Botham’s Tea Rooms
Elizabeth Botham’s are a family run bakery from Whitby. My preferred tea room is in Pickering. It’s situated on Park Street, just opposite the North Yorkshire Moors railway station. The friendly waitresses are dressed in white aprons, revoking a sense of the past. A cup of tea and a fondant fancy is my “regular” but their plum bread is a favourite too. Botham’s even sell their own tea and their hampers make fantastic presents. Such a fantastic choice of Yorkshire goodies!
Lockton Tea Room
What a beautiful location for this tearoom. Lockton is a pretty village in the North York Moors and the tea room a hub of the village, right next to the village store. It’s popular with tourists and locals. Each time I’ve visited there are cyclists and walkers enjoying a well-earned rest and refreshments. There’s also an art gallery here. Treat yourself!
The Black Swan, Helmsley
Attached to the Black Swan Hotel in the centre of Helmsley you’ll find this tea room. It’s a delight.
The menu is extensive for a tea room and the bacon sandwiches are delicious as well as a more traditional salmon and cucumber sandwich (how British!) served with tea in a silver pot.
As the name suggests this tea room is also a patisserie where you can also take away delicious cakes and pastries. Its central, corner location in Malton, just off the market place is the perfect vantage point to watch the town’s comings and goings . I like nothing better than sitting on one of the high stools by the window, flicking through the newspaper and doing just that!
Courtyard Cafe, Castle Howard
The courtyard cafe at Castle Howard is free to enter. Unlike the other Castle Howard eateries, which you can only enjoy once you’ve paid your entrance money. The courtyard cafe and the other shops around the courtyard are open to all. The courtyard cafe is more of a bistro strictly speaking than a tea room. But to me it’s a tea room as I only ever visit there for tea and cake often taking the opportunity to purchase meat for supper from Castle Howard’s resident butcher’s shop.
So, if you have any Yorkshire Tea Rooms that you’d recommend, please mention them in the comments below. And I’ll no doubt visit it really soon!
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