I have a bit of a thing for tea parties. The chance to chatter mixed with the clinking of delicate tea cups and itsy-bitsy cakes made even more delicious by their cute miniatures forms. That's my heaven! And the reason why I often struggle to fasten my jeans, I'll admit it. But, tea and sweet treats, they really are a winning combination, aren't they? They're a cure-all. Feeling sad? And they'll cheer you up. Celebrating? And they should most definitely be present. A tough day? Made better with tea and cake, obviously!
I've always loved tea and cake but since becoming a mother, they've featured somewhat more prominently in my life. They are my sweet reward for 5am wake-ups, and a delicious afternoon pick me up when I'm surrounded by the chaos of a warring five year old and three year old. And also the reason we spend so much time in the local garden centre. I can no longer keep up the pretence that we go there for the play area and pretty flowers. You all know that it's mainly for the tea and cake, right?
Those of you familiar with York will have noticed one of its most famous landmarks missing from my collection of photographs of our day out. Dear, sweet Bettys. For someone like me who believes that afternoon tea is the very best meal of the day, it's a chocolate-smelling heaven and an absolute must-visit if you're ever in Yorkshire. Bettys was founded by a Swiss baker and confectioner by the name of Frederick Belmont who came to the UK to perfect his craft skills. Before visiting last week, I didn't know this little part of Bettys' history but had always remarked how uncannily similar its tea rooms are to one of our old haunts in Zürich, Confiserie Sprüngli. It makes me wonder if Herr Belmont was somewhat homesick and trying to introduce a touch of Switzerland's finest to the UK to make himself feel more at home.