Something from the weekend: Exploring, macaroons and autumn leaves

This weekend saw some more adventuring for us….we decided to check out nearby Harrogate to see what it has to offer, and also look at some potential areas for us to live. It took us just shy of half an hour to drive there this Saturday, and there are LOTS of lovely shops I’m happy to have nearby (but not TOO nearby!). We wandered around the town centre for a while, I made a stop off at M&S (in need of new undies!) and we browsed some of the other shops, including a charity shop where I found a lush Jaeger coat for just £15! I think Harrogate is a good contender to keep us!

Me wearing Boden at the Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate

We made a mental note to come back and explore the Royal Pump Room Museum and Turkish Baths soon, and then finished up at Bettys….that seeming the right thing to do on our first trip to Harrogate! We actually have a Bettys Tea Room just fifteen minutes away from where we live in Ilkley, but Harrogate is where it all started and so we opted to have lunch in the gorgeous Montpellier Bar there.

Adam at the Montpellier Bar at Bettys Tea Rooms in Harrogate

First we ordered two of their Viennese style coffees, which are made with their own roasted beans, steamed milk, honey, cinnamon and fresh whipped cream….absolutely delicious! Then we chose the soup of the day (sweet potato) which came with huge hunks of crusty home baked bread, and the smoked salmon which was absolutely divine on the home baked wholemeal bread. The ambience and service was just wonderful, and very much reminded us of beloved cafes in Europe. We’ll be back!

Coffee Vienna at Bettys Tea Rooms in Harrogate

Before leaving I just had to pop into the shop, where I bought a pretty box full of macaroons and a Yorkshire Rarebit Scone to take home….we scoffed them all with a brew as we relaxed in the afternoon!

Macaroons from Bettys Tea Rooms in Harrogate

Macaroons from Bettys Tea Rooms in Harrogate

On Sunday we drove just ten minutes away to Golden Acre Park to walk the dogs and meet up with some local friends. It’s a beautiful park anyway, but with all the autumnal colours bursting forth it was all extra special! We wandered all round the park before taking a pit stop at the little cafe for hot chocolates and red velvet cake….well, we had worked up our appetite by then!

Cooper the lurcher in Golden Acre Park in Leeds

Hunter wellies standing in autumn leaves

Gold and red leaves in Autumn at Golden Acre Park in Leeds

The view from the open air cafe at Golden Acre Park in Leeds

On the way back to the car we took a turn around the lake and the little bit of remaining model railway…the park had been a very early theme park in its Victorian hay day…I wish I could have seen it in all its glory!

The old model railway at Golden Acre Park in Leeds

The lake at Golden Acre Park in Leeds

In the afternoon we did some more exploring, taking a drive around some more of the areas we’ve been looking at houses in. Then we walked at the beautiful tarn near Adam’s parents’ new house, popping in to say hello to them on the way back. I’m loving walking at the moment (at least when it’s dry!)…the trees look stunning against the blue skies, and there’s something about this time of year that makes me want to be outside, despite the chill.

Hope you’re enjoying Autumn and had a great weekend too!

Ems x

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4 thoughts on “Something from the weekend: Exploring, macaroons and autumn leaves

  1. Nice to see hear about your explorations, some lovely Autumnal images. Otley is a great place to live (been here about 12 years now so still a newby by Otley standards!) It is great to have the Harrogate shops at arms length and the Ilkley tea rooms close but equally I love Otley as a real place to live on a daily basis, fantastic butchers and bakers and independent businesses squirreled away all over. A perfect sized town for family life.

    • I totally agree Pam! We are totally sold on Otley (have just had a lovely evening in the North Bar for the first time!)…just hoping we can find somewhere suitable for us within our price range! I think the only reason we’d go elsewhere is to get something more affordable, but I would miss the lovely shops and dog walks an awful lot, not to mention the market!

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