‘The best cuppa in Britain’

Irene Gorman, Head of The Tea Guild, right presents Linda Brunton-Douglas Bettys Managing Director, second left and Lindsay Judd branch manager second right with the award and  William Gorman Executive Chairman of the UK Tea Council, left. (s)
Irene Gorman, Head of The Tea Guild, right presents Linda Brunton-Douglas Bettys Managing Director, second left and Lindsay Judd branch manager second right with the award and William Gorman Executive Chairman of the UK Tea Council, left. (s)

Northallerton’s Bettys Café Tea Rooms, has been named as the best place in Britain to enjoy afternoon tea, after scooping The Tea Guild’s prestigious award for Top Tea Place 2012. This is the highest ‘accolade’ of the tea world.

The Tea Guild Awards, are the industry Oscars and the best tea rooms in Britain compete for the title.

The Tea Guild has also awarded 39 special Awards of Excellence to tea rooms across Britain.

The Tea Guild’s judges have taken tea in hotels and tea rooms in London and across Britain to find the finest tea experiences .

All visits have been anonymous to ensure the results are completely fair and accurate.

The anonymous judges awarded points for the variety, flavour, knowledge and service of the teas offered, together with the quality and service of food, décor, ambience, and presentation.

Bettys Café Tea Rooms was voted into the top spot after it gained a near perfect score from The Tea Guild’s inspectors.

The judges praised it for its delightful surroundings, affable staff, and the “quietly efficient” service that guests enjoyed.