West Park Hotel Harrogate Afternoon Tea

About a month ago, I was super lucky to be contacted by the lovely people over at Living North to let me know I’d won Champagne afternoon tea for 2 at the West Park Hotel in Harrogate. I decided to treat my mum to an afternoon out in Harrogate for afternoon tea and a spot of shopping and off we ventured on Sunday just gone. The hotel is easy to find and not too far from the city centre shops so it was a nice sunny walk for us to enjoy.

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The decor is modern with plush chairs of all different styles and sizes dotted around tables or various sizes as well. We were greeted by staff at reception almost immediately and taken to our reserved booth near the front of the hotel. The waiter who took us over did explain that they were running a little slow that morning after having a couple of events on the previous evening so we were prepared for a bit of a wait and ordered a coke each to pass the time.

Not long later, a waitress came out to confirm we were having Afternoon tea and stated that someone would be with us shortly. Sure enough our tray of treats soon came along and we started to tuck in.

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Please excuse my mum’s attempt to get out the photo! We had a selection of sandwiches on the bottom slate including Ham & Pickle, Egg & Cress, Salmon & Cream Cheese and Prawn & Cucumber. Needless to say we tucked in and enjoyed the offerings before moving onto the sweet selection.

On the top slate was a couple of fruit scones with clotted cream and jam, a chocolate sponge with dark chocolate ganache topping, 2 macarons, 2 meringue nests and 4 slices of homemade Battenberg. I absolutely loved the Battenberg as I love Marzipan and the chocolate sponge was lovely and light too which was a surprise. I’m not a huge fan of macaron’s in general but these were a nice surprise and since they were only small it wasn’t too sweet.

Mum was worried that she wouldn’t be full after eating the tea but after a glass of champagne, a full afternoon tea, an Americano each and a bottle of coke, we were nice and full and ready to go shopping.

The one thing I would say about the whole experience was that the service did seem a little slow throughout and nobody was in a hurry to clear tables despite lots of staff walking around and not being overrun with customers. Champagne afternoon tea is £18.95 and for the price, I have definitely experienced better service and nicer food options as well.

Would I go back?

Both mum and myself decided we wouldn’t return but it has given us the taste and made us want to try out more places in the future.

Is it value for money? 

Personally the meal was filling and looking at other customers meals in the restaurant, the portions were generous and did look good. I would say their overall menu is value for money but the afternoon tea just didn’t hit the spot for me.

I thought I’d share some of the more unusual decor that I spotted in the hotel to end this post…

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Coloured dogs heads in the toilets?!

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A huge blue velvet sofa just outside the toilets.

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Copper leaves as lighting which looked really cool on the staircase.

I hope you’ve liked this post and leave your links in the comments if you’ve been for afternoon tea somewhere in Yorkshire that you think I should check out.

Laura x

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Banyan Harrogate re-launch and review

A few weeks ago I was invited to the re-launch of Banyan bar and restaurant in Harrogate. Due to work commitments I was unable to go but the lovely marketing people said I could choose a date and time that worked for me and review it then. So on Saturday the 20th, Bob & I drove to Harrogate for a day of shopping, mooching around the town and enjoying a good meal in the newly revamped Banyan.

First up the bar and restaurant looks amazing, exposed brick walls and copper lighting everywhere. Wooden shelves, plush turquoise booths and scrolls hanging on the walls as menus gave the restaurant an incredible feel and made us feel instantly welcome. I’ve shown 2 photos with flash and one without to show how great the copper looked in there.

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Bob & I sat down to enjoy a starter, main and dessert with some lovely cocktails thrown in for me, and cokes for Bob as designated driver.

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We decided to order the Teryaki Pork Belly and Deep Fried Brie Wedges for starters and were not disappointed. The Brie wedges were so yummy with an onion chutney on the side and Bob said his Teryaki Pork Belly was delicious as well.

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Onto the mains, we ordered the crispy Cajun Chicken burger for me as well as the Prince’s Trust Burger for Bob. Both burgers were cooked well and tasted amazing, jam-packed with homemade coleslaw, onion rings, salsa and even a side of chicken gravy for me. I completely forgot it came with this and was puzzled for a few minutes when i dipped my fries into it. It actually made a great little dipping sauce for the fries and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal.

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Last up we ordered the salted caramel and chocolate Torte for dessert despite being full to the brim with good food. I took a picture but as you can see, the transfer onto my computer went a little awry…

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In Banyan’s defence, this was amazing and tasted absolutely beautiful. It was definitely the best part of the whole meal and I’m not usually a dessert person at all.

Throughout the meal we were served by the lovely Karen who was super efficient and great at recommending drinks. I started with the Sherbet Sipper and then on her recommendation moved onto the Passion Punch which was incredible. She is an absolute credit to Banyan and knew her stuff throughout the meal.

If you are looking for an amazing meal at great prices then this is somewhere you must visit whilst out shopping or just out for the day. We have already said we will go again in future as we enjoyed every bit of it.

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Laura x

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