Ahh, the beautiful British countryside with its rolling hills and rustling forests is the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway. My favourite thing to do in Yorkshire is explore its historic abbeys and go for long drives across the sweeping landscapes. In between all that I love discovering sweet little places along the way. This weekend we have found some of the prettiest little places for you to have food and tea in Yorkshire.
FILMORE AND UNION, WETHERBY
Start your day with Brunch at the Filmore and Union in Wetherby. Think muted white wood, flickering candles and beautiful tunes. The Wetherby branch of Filmore and Union boasts the most calming atmosphere and absolutely beautiful selection of cakes. However, the real winner here is the generous portions of fluffy pancakes, crispy bacon and poufy scrambled eggs. Though they aren’t a vegan restaurant they offer a beautiful Vegan Full English Breakfast. As for those who are intolerant to gluten, you have a choice of the beautiful Gluten Free Winter Spiced French Toast as well as crunchy Gluten Free Granola in creamy greek yogurt. The brunch choices here are endless and may I mention again, generous? If you’re looking for a pretty spot that serves decent portions, Filmore in Wetherby is your pick!
What to Order: Filmore (or Vegan) English Breakfast, Savoury Pancake, Gluten Free Winter Spiced French Toast, Gluten Free Granola.
HUMBLEST OF PLEASURES, HEBDEN BRIDGE
Go for Lunch at the adorable and wonderfully named Humblest of Pleasures. This super cute vegan friendly café has everything from sassy statement cups and a flower decorated bar (every insta-blogger’s dream, florals!) to insta-drool worthy food and a neon sign. You can get the most decadent and delicious hot chocolates here topped with fluffy pink marshmallows and small chunks of vegan chocolate brownie! As for food, the breakfast menu boasts beautiful huge avo toasts, waffles, vegan full English and more. The lunch menu is droolworthy with its rainbow Buddha bowls, spicy bean burger and creamy vegan mac and cheese. Oh and as I said before, the café oozes insta-worthy décor. Girls,you’re your cameras out and start gramming. Hands down the cutest and trendiest café in Yorkshire, I see great things coming their way!
What to Order: Hot Chocolate, Waffles, Buddha Bowl and Spicy Bean Burger.
THE IVY BRASSERIE, YORK
Tea time calls for classic decadence at The Ivy in York. The Ivy Brasserie is associated with sophistication but in a relaxed way, think elegant members club but in a you can come in wearing jeans and a black blazer a la Vogue House kind of vibe. The Champagne Afternoon tea (where they serve their very own delectable Ivy House Champers) is served at 3-5pm daily and features soft and fluffy scones, crème brulee doughnut, chocloate and salted caramel mousse, fresh smoked salmon on rye and my all time favourite truffled chicken brioche. If you’re a truffle fan, then you will absolutely fall head over heels for the truffle chicken brioche. It is mind blowingly good, so good in fact that I tried to eat it as slow as I possibly could before giving in and then stealing my partner’s remaining piece mid-bite. The selection of treats in their beautiful tea set is so well curated with just the right amount of savoury and sweet. The accompanying choice of tea is also wonderful, we ordered their beautiful Afternoon Blend which is a lighter and more floral version of the usual English Breakfast. I honestly have to say that I have yet to visit a better and more well priced Afternoon tea set at such a beautiful setting. Tea at the Ivy was a sparkling highlight of our weekend and we cannot wait to make it a continuous tradition for all our trips back to York!
What to Order: Champagne Afternoon Tea with Afternoon Blend Tea