I graduated yesterday from The University of York with a first class honours degree in History, which of course was an extremely special occasion for myself and my family. Overall I have really enjoyed my time as a undergraduate, despite a hard 5 months studying abroad spent feeling utterly homesick. Living in York has been a definite highlight, the city is both beautiful and vibrant. Always full of bustling tourists, (sometimes drunk) students and interesting locals. I am extremely lucky to be staying here and pursuing what is essentially my dream.
Enough about me however! What I really want to get on to is how I celebrated such a momentous occasion with my family. Over the past few days I have done a lot of eating out, a gargantuan pizza at Ask, hearty rice dishes at Wagamamas and plenty of coffee shop hopping. However, the place to really celebrate in York is the famous Bettys Café Tea Room, the brand, with locations across the North, being renowned for its Yorkshire/Swiss inspired food and impeccable service. York actually boasts two Bettys, one large one known colloquially as 'Big Bettys' and a smaller place just down the road from the latter, called 'Little Bettys.'
Now if you have ever been to York, you may have seen the queue of people outside Big Bettys, which can sometimes be up to an hour long. Little Bettys is often much quieter and quicker to get into, though you still often have to queue for 10 minutes or so. The menu is still the same as Big Bettys, the only difference being the building and surroundings, which are somewhat less grand, though you are in what was originally a medieval house.
As I had already eaten a sizable breakfast, (I always like to pig out a bit on hotel breakfasts!) I was only in the market for a drink and a cake of some sort. I actually settled on sampling a cafetiere of the El Salvadore la Sabaneta coffee,
'A smooth, sweet coffee with hints of milk chocolate and vanilla, grown on the slopes of the El Chingo Volcano, medium roasted'
The coffee was beautiful, with not even a hint of bitterness, the flavours also managed to shine through the hot milk I added. It was also presented beautifully, down to having its own label!
In a somewhat nontraditional move, I decided to compliment the coffee with a fruit scone, which also came with jam and clotted cream. The scone was deliciously moist, if not slightly on the small side. If you have a futher interest in all things scone, you can see my own recipe for fruit scones here.
Bettys also do afternoon tea packages and full breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. So if you are looking for somewhere to have a real treat, you can't go wrong with Bettys excellent food and old fashioned northern hospitality.
I will leave you with some more snaps!
I forgot to say that they also have a shop downstairs!