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Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK. by Sue Smith

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Camera. Nikon D300
Lens. Tamron 17.0-50.0mm f/2.8
Aperture. f/16.0
Shutter. 1/45
Focal length. 32.0mm.
ISO 200

I love this place and every time I visit Harrogate I head straight here for a coffee and cannot resist the cakes.

The story of Bettys began in Harrogate in 1919, and they have been welcoming locals and visitors to the tea rooms ever since.

Before you enter it’s worth pausing under the wrought iron canopy to feast your eyes on the mouth-watering window displays that vary with the season. Once inside the shop you’ll be spoilt for choice with over 300 breads, cakes and chocolates, as well as 50 different teas and coffees.

In the Café the tables by the windows overlooking the Stray and colourful Montpellier gardens are always the most popular, however, in the downstairs Spindler Gallery you can enjoy views of Yorkshire of a more unusual kind. Here you’ll find a collection of exquisite Marquetry scenes of Yorkshire from the studio of Charles Spindler in Alsace, which was established in the late 1890s at the height of the Art Nouveau period. Bettys founder, Frederick Belmont, discovered Spindler’s work in the early 1930s and commissioned the studio to make Yorkshire scenes to hang in his tea rooms.


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  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot Sue, but I’ve got to be honest… it was kind of hard trying to concentrate on the view when your description is talking about cakes and chocolates. Throw in 50 different kinds of tea aswell and I’m a lost cause :D

  • Oooh! Yes, all those cakes – yummy. They do a particulary nice vanilla slice called – Fat Rascals. Don’t know why they call it that. Lol. Thanks for the comment, Zoe and so glad you like it.

    – Sue Smith

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 4 years ago

    Lovely old building and a great photo of it.

  • Thanks so much Eeva, and so glad you like the shot.

    – Sue Smith

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    A fabulous shot Sue , I love Harrogate too . x

  • Thanks, Irene. I love that great big park they have at the entrance to the town and the shops are wonderful. Would love to live there.

    – Sue Smith

  • kenmatcham
    kenmatchamover 4 years ago

    Excellent photo Sue, really like the detail and colours.

  • Thanks so much, Ken for your lovely comment.

    – Sue Smith

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    this is a beautiful capture Sue, with great editing.x

  • Thank you Catherine, so glad you like it.

    – Sue Smith

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 4 years ago

    Great shot Sue, well done.

    Been there many years ago when I use to travel to conferences and exhibitions, wonderful atmosphere. Strange, I don’t remember the gallery being there, it was very popular and very busy so perhaps I missed it.

    BTW I use to do marquetry with my father when I was a small boy, fascinating hobby with all the different wood and colours.

    David xx

  • Thanks so much David for your lovely comment. I think the gallery was added about 10 years ago but I am only guessing. Marquetry is beautiful and I guess it is a dying craft because you don’t see much of it these days. Was your dad a carpenter?

    – Sue Smith

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesover 4 years ago

    Been there, enjoyed the cakes, and enjoyed your image. Well Done

  • Thanks so much, Kel, glad you like it.

    – Sue Smith

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 4 years ago

    No, he wasn’t, it was just a hobby.

    He worked for Lloyds Bank in Pall Mall just off Trafalgar Square, although he retired in 1965.

  • What an unusual and wonderful hobby. No doubt he has left some lasting memories of his work.

    – Sue Smith

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture! :D

  • Thanks so much, Cee.

    – Sue Smith

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you Cee and Chris.

    – Sue Smith

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