I usually manage to squeeze in a trip to Betty's whenever I go home. Betty's is a traditional old tearoom that was set up in the 1920s. There are two branches in York, and I usually go to the smaller Little Betty's, as the queue for the main tearoom is always huge. I love visiting York when I'm home because a) it's pretty b) it reminds me of my teenage years, spent drinking cider in the park with my buddies c) amazing chazzas and d) Betty's. It was a beautiful sunny day when I went and the narrow little streets were packed.
Betty's sell their own cakes, confectionery and tea downstairs, in a gorgeously fitted old shop, with staff suited like butlers and parlourmaids, the girls all in black with white pinnies and their hair pinned up.
They have a great selection of teas, served in bone china from a heavy silver teapot, that you can enjoy whilst spying on shoppers down Stonegate.
You can buy Betty's goodies online. I love their 1950s chocolate boxes, I can highly recommend the peppermint creams, which come in the prettiest box. Their Christmas puddings are delicious too, and come in a traditional old pudding bowl. I eat my porridge from my Betty's pudding pot every morning. Proper Yorkshire, me. Although I'm back in London now, so that's the Yorkshire posts over with for now.