Thursday, 11 March 2010

Wonderland and afternoon tea

Yesterday my husband Dave had the day off work so we thought we would make the most of it by going out for some lunch and then to the cinema.
For our lunch we went to Betty's Cafe Tea Room in Northallerton in North Yorkshire. I have been here a few times now and I love it so much. Its a dainty traditional English tea room that makes you feel like you have stepped back in time to the 1920's. They have a little shop in the front of the building selling a range of cakes, biscuits, chocolates and pastries to take away, then in the back is the tea room with its domed glass roof and a huge palm plant set in the 'palm room'. The food here is amazing from the warm seasonal quiche to the simplest dish of egg mayonnaise and cress sandwich, Ive never had a dish that I didn't enjoy, even my Mam and Dad thought it was delicious when I took them for a treat. The desserts and cakes are what Betty's are famous for, a selection of mouthwatering cakes you can choose from off the cake trolley they bring to your table for you to browse. Its called a cafe tea room but the prices are restaurant prices, I find the food and service is better than restaurant standards so I think the prices are reasonable. If you are ever in Yorkshire look this tea room up and take a visit as you won't be disappointed but it is quite expensive.
We had a lovely time yesterday there, I ordered a warm spinach and leek tartlet with salad and chips and Dave had fried fillet of haddock with pea puree and chipped potatoes which was basically fish and chips but was the best I've ever tried. For dessert we both had chocolate torte served with double cream. We were so full up for the rest of the day :)

Betty's cafe tea room in Northallerton.

After finishing off at Betty's we headed to the cinema to see the new Alice in Wonderland in 3D.  Unfortunately we missed the 3D showing, I've never seen a 3D film and presumed that all of the showings would be 3D, but no not at the cinema we went to. I wasn't really disappointed that it wasn't in 3D to be honest, I can imagine the 3D making me feel motion sick. I thought the film was a remake until Dave pointed out that he had read somewhere that it was a sequel where she returns back to wonderland 13 years later. I really love the original Alice in Wonderland with all the colourfulness and surrealism but the new one has more of a darker feel, I suppose that's because its a Tim Burton film. It includes a good cast, the favorite and funniest for me were Tweedledee and Tweedledum which were played by Matt Lucas. The film was good and I did enjoy it but in my opinion it wasn't as good as the original, it might have been better if it had been a remake. Has anyone else seen this film yet? What did you think of it?

All in all we had a really lovely day :)


  1. That brings back memories; my grandparents used to take me to Betty's tea rooms when I was younger! I didn't realise Alice in Wonderland was a sequel either, I was well confused when I saw it! I wasn't overly impressed either, and like you would have prefered a remake.

  2. I use to love Betty's tea rooms - though the only one I haven't been to is the one in Northallerton.

    I've always found for what you get it's very expensive - even past restaurant prices! I took my Mum and my partner last year - and for 3 cups of tea and 3 [small] slices of cake it cost £25!

    You're right, the furnishings and tableware step back time - but the place gets so busy that I find it really noisy and too crowded as they try and squash even more people and tables into the space!

    Haven't seen Alice yet either - and was hoping to go to the cinema tomorrow. I might go for Avatar or The Lovely Bones. I've read the book of the latter and would like to see it's adaptation (even though the reviews for it haven't always been that great).

    I won't be going again - unless I have a family member or friend interested in going who has never been.

  3. houndini you are right about the prices being very expensive but because I love the whole feel of the place and the food (I suppose it can get a bit noisy when its busy) and we only eat out every couple of months so I don't mind the prices too much.

    I haven't actually seen Avatar yet but I have watched the last half of The Lovely Bones only because my Sister made me as its not my kind of film but my friend said she really enjoyed the book.

  4. One of my dreams, is to sit in a real British tea room with tea, pastries, scones.....aaah
    Thank you for your visit.