Restaurant reviews

Afternoon Tea in Yorkshire: Roast beef and scones steal the show at Weetons

We’ve blogged about Weetons in Harrogate before. As you may know if you’ve read our previous posts, we’re huge fans of the deli/butcher/cafe located opposite the Stray but until now we hadn’t sampled their afternoon tea offering. That all changed last week as I went with my Dad to take advantage of an afternoon tea offer (as part of the celebrations for National Afternoon Tea Week).

Afternoon tea at Weetons is a mixture of tradition and modern touches. It comes presented on a triple tiered slate cake stand, with the savoury delights on the bottom, scones in the middle, and sweet treats on top.

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Weetons have decided to do away with the traditional sandwich-led approach when it comes to the savoury side of the tea. Instead, they offer a delicate tomato bruschetta, a lovely rare roast beef open sandwich with rocket and horseradish, a smoked salmon toast with caviar, and a little caesar salad cup. The highlight for me was the roast beef. It was meaty but not too filling and offset brilliantly by the kick of the horseradish.

Moving on to the scones, and the first thing to say is that the scones were HUGE! The size did not detract from the flavour though; these scones were buttery, indulgent, and extremely moreish. The clotted cream and strawberry jam hit the spot as well.

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We nearly didn’t have room for the top layer of treats, but somehow managed to find space in our stomachs! The chocolate truffles (three of them) were rich, smooth, and offered exactly the right combination of bitter and sweet flavours. There was also a variation on an Eton Mess and a cute little jelly. We were too full to manage all of the Eton Mess and the jelly, but it was clear that Weetons have managed to create a winning flavour combination on that top level of the afternoon tea triple tier.

If you’re looking for an affordable afternoon tea option in Harrogate, Weetons is a fantastic option, especially if you’re slightly pushed for time and don’t want to spend hours indulging in scones and tea in a more remote setting in Yorkshire.

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