Restaurant reviews

Baltzersen’s in Harrogate: Scandinavia and Yorkshire clash… with tasty results

This week, after a shopping mission in the rain in Harrogate, my Mum and I thought we deserved a little cake break!

Keen to try somewhere new and wanting to avoid the coffee shop chains dotted around Harrogate, we opted for Baltzersen’s, a cafe that combines the best of Scandinavia with the best locally sourced produce from around Yorkshire.

From the outside, Baltzersen’s looks small and unassuming. Go through the door, though, and you’ll find that the cafe extends quite far back and is far larger than it initially appears.

After mastering the ordering process (unlike most cafes, you have to have a table number before placing an order), we chose a Nutella brownie, a raspberry and chocolate cake, a skinny latte and a can of Coke!

We took a seat in a stripped back, very “Scandi-looking” wooden booth and waited for our sweet treats to arrive. When they did arrive at the table, we knew we were in for a treat.

Baltzersen's in Harrogate

Chocolate overload!

My Nutella brownie was rich but cut through with the sweet flavour of the hazelnut from the Nutella, which ran in big chunks through the middle of the brownie. It was so chocolatey and naughty that it was actually quite hard to finish, but needless to say I managed to get it all down!

My Mum’s slice of cake looked really pretty, with little raspberries on top of a divine chocolate sponge. She said it was moreish, indulgent, and the raspberries made sure the overall flavour wasn’t too bitter from the dark chocolate sponge cake.

The cakes were the main event of our trip to Baltzersen’s, but it’s worth mentioning that my coffee was really nice. Smooth and silky, it was a tasty little caffeine kick served in a very attractive way.

Baltzersen's Harrogate

A really fine coffee

So, next time you’re in Harrogate and fancy a break from the hustle and bustle, track down this little cafe. You might not be able to find a seat immediately, but the quality of their baked goods more than justifies five minutes waiting in a queue!

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