After a long drive to York I was hungry & cold….
Let the Feast of York begin…..!
First things first we had to warm up & order some breakfast.
We had pulled up a seat in a delightful little cafe just down from the York Minster.
Brew & Brownie apparently did amazing american pancakes. I think I may have caught sight of some!
When they were brought to our table my eyes lit up!
These were hands down the best american pancakes I have ever had the pleasure of trying.
The blueberries were a nice addition too.
Needless to say they were devoured quickly.
With a pot of loose leaved peppermint tea to follow.
Brew & Brownie was a cute cafe, I wish I’d had time to take more pictures, but hopefully I’ll be back for another round of pancakes soon!
It was time to take in the sights of the York Minster just around the corner.
Such a vast cathedral. It’s a magnificent building.
It’s such a contrast when you see the Minster nestled in amongst the modern shops.
Once inside, the thing that struck me straight away were the windows.
They stretch right up to the vast ceilings.
With amazing detail.
The enormity of the building takes your breath away.
It’s perfect to walk off the stack of pancakes.
After loosing yourself in the cathedral for an hour or two it’s time to head out into the open again.
York has a quaint maze of streets to stroll through.
The Shambles has a quirky feel.
With shops you’ll not find anywhere else.
After ambling round through the cobbled streets we decided it was time for lunch. We’d heard of a small cafe that did delicious pulled pork in a sour dough bun. This we had to try.
All homemade with their own secret recipe rub on locally sourced pork. It was not a looker but it was tasty.
The only downside was the cafe was so small it only had 1-2 tables which were all taken at the time. So it was out on the street for us, just as the rain came down!
Despite this we enjoyed our lunch and it refueled us for some serious shopping!
Whilst we had hoped for a glorious day of sunshine, as this is Britain we all know that the weather does exactly what it wants.
It continued to pour down during our shopping experience. We were glad we had seen some sights before the heavens had opened.
Once we had shopped untill we dropped & had seen enough of the rain, we took shelter in Betty’s Tea Rooms.
Every cloud has a silver lining. Where there is rain there is always a reason to find cover in a cozy tea room with a large slice of torte!
Betty’s Tea Room is a delightful ‘oldy worldy’ tea shop, sophisticated & elegant.
After all tea & cake is something to be celebrated so why not splash out and treat yourself to something special at Bettys?!
And that we did!
With a creamy hot chocolate & a pot of tea……
….Engadine Torte, layers of hazelnut meringue and almond buttercream, topped with hazelnut Medicis.
And Chocolate & Raspberry Torte, made with Swiss dark chocolate, almonds, hazelnuts and caramelised raspberries.
I started with the chocolate torte but then had a strong case of food envy!
The Engadine Torte was just calling out my name….
I didn’t take much persuading.
I took my chance and swapped.
I was much happier.
Unfortunately the rain had not stopped by the time we had surfaced from Bettys so we decided to call it a day.
Thank you Bettys for a delicious end to our feast in York & an escape from the English weather.
Whilst the weather had tried its best to dampen our spirits, York just kept on lifting them.
York is a dazzling city even under sheets of rain.