Monday, June 06, 2011

A weekend escape and Giveaway winner announcement

This weekend S and I escaped the city buzz to a swanky spa town in Yorkshire called Harrogate. A city of Old-World charm, Harrogate, is undeniably splendid with its stone mansions and seductive arts – crafts & antique shops dotted through the town, amidst exotic cafés. Harrogate's many mesmerizing shops in the Montpellier Quarter for antiques, fascinating arts & crafts shops and bustling markets. It is a vintage prop heaven for crazy food bloggers like me and I got back home with the loot.
Harrogate is well-known for its tearooms and classy cafés. The renowned Betty's tearoom was established in Harrogate in 1919, with people still lining up for their magnificent afternoon teas and Fat Rascal. The windows display an array of different breads, tarts, cakes, macarons, exotic teas and coffees (to relish at home). We enjoyed the speciality Tea at Betty's complete with China Rose Petal Tea (served in enviable collection of tea pots & cutlery), perfect scones with clotted cream & jam, and a corrupting collection of fresh fruit custard tart, chocolate macaron, mini lemon drizzle and tartines. 

 Vintage BMW Parked on the street outside a cafe
 Inside busy Bettys Cafe

With the discovery of a mineral water well in 1571, Harrogate became England's first spa. So the spa buffs can find pure relaxation at The Turkish Baths and Health Spa, complete with steam rooms, pool and a cold-water plunge pool. A Turkish Bath ritual is a journey of heating, cooling and cleansing the body, promoting a sense of relaxation and a clear mind. 
Outside the Cafe
On a completely different topic: I am happy to announce that Nisha of an open book is the winner of Kitchen Stools Direct giveaway.

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3 comments:

Jeanne said...

Prop heaven! Gotta book my ticket...!! :)

Debugcooking said...

oh yes Jeanne...its a bargain store for vintage stuff!!

An Open Book said...

the 1st pic is so pretty...thanks for the giveaway once again..cant wait to get my hands on some swanky bar stools:)

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