Cannot understand the whinges in previous reviews: had been here for a summer lunch that was exquisite so decided to find an 'excuse' to bring a couple of friends for the tea. The place resonates class, history & renovation with TLC: the staff were polite, kind & warm, & after a moment's hesitation did replenish the tea pot without extra charge (unlike Betty's in York), a good type of customer goodwill.
The tea was made up of 4 substantial finger sandwiches each, scones including both butter & cream as well as homemade jam & sliced strawberries, and a selection of 4 mini cakes with royal connections, as well as a trifle. All 3 of us had to ask for a 'doggie' serviette (lucky hubbies), and we'd not eaten much during the rest of the day.
The cost was at the top end of the afternoon tea scale but the quality and ambience merited this; more people should try this venue where the chef holds a well-earned [judging by the 3 course lunch earlier in the year as well as this tea] award.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Goldsborough Hall is a beautifully restored, privately owned stately home tucked away in the small village of Goldsborough, just off the A59 between Harrogate and the A1M. The 400yr old hall has had many residents through the years, being built for the high sheriff of Yorkshire, the last resting place of the eldest founding father to all thoroughbred horses and most famously the first family home of HRH Princess Mary, the aunt of our current Queen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Goldsborough Hall Hotel Harrogate
- Goldsborough Hall Knaresborough, Yorkshire