Last week was afternoon tea week and, as this coincided with a family birthday, we decided to celebrate with tea at Goldsborough Hall.
Set in a picturesque village just outside Harrogate, Goldsborough Hall was built in the early 17th century. As the former residence of HRH Princess Mary, Goldsborough Hall has hosted many a royal visitor, however it is is now a family home and owned by Mark and Clare Oglesby, who live there with their two daughters.
The hall now offers 5* accomodation, fabulous food and tours of its landscaped grounds, as well as being available as a wedding venue.
We have visited previously for one of their snowdrop walks in the winter (see here), however we had never tried their afternoon tea until now.
On arrival we were shown to the drawing room whilst we made our selection from the long list of Taylor’s of Harrogate teas and coffees available.
We then made our way through to the paneled dining room, where we were seated in a bay window with views over the gardens.
The tea itself was undoubtedly the best we have had (and we’ve sampled a few!). There was a good selection of sandwiches with interesting twists on the classics. The scones were warm and the cakes all completely individual. There was also a lovely raspberry panna cotta served in a glass.
Whilst it was formal enough to feel special it never felt stuffy, and no-one batted an eyelid when I mashed an avocado at the table so that the greedy baby could join in the dining!
We had told the hall that we were there to celebrate a birthday and they had created a beautiful birthday cake which they brought out after the tea. The cake was so gorgeous that even being full of afternoon tea didn’t stop us from enjoying a slice.
Ar £25pp for non-guests we felt the afternoon tea was very reasonably priced and it also includes a tour of the grounds. Sadly we had spent too long dining and so did not have time to do this on this occasion, however this is something we hope to do next time.