The Scone Chronicles XXIII – Afternoon Tea. Again.

The Afternoon Teas were actually ten days apart, despite the two reports being published on the same day. Sorry if this seems like overkill, but it’s just the chaotic nature of my life.

I have reported on Mrs Botham’s Tearoom before. They produce excellent pork pies and capital crab sandwiches.

Today we selected Afternoon Tea. This proved to be a good decision.

At £12.95 it’s a mid-range option compared to the prices of the other teas we’ve had (though the comparison is with the special offer price at the St James Hotel).

It’s a typical Mrs Botham’s production, with freshly made sandwiches and a bit of salad with citrus dressing. This dressing did make a couple of the sandwiches soggy on the lower edge, as they were served on the same plate, but it wasn’t much of a problem as they didn’t have long to wait before consumption, and it’s all going to end up in the same place anyway.

Botham's Whitby

Botham’s Whitby

They were a definite level up from the curly Bettys sandwiches. They may have benefitted from some variety of brown bread, but let’s be honest, there is a reason why soft white bread is a top seller.

Apart from being fresh they were also well-filled, the cucumber being particularly good.

The cakes were, for me, the least good bit of the meal. They were good and fresh, being baked by Bothams and sold in the shop downstairs. The meringue was fine, and about twice the size of the St James one.

The chocolate thing (my command of cakey vocabulary is buckling under the strain here) seemed to have a biscuit in it, probably with hazel nuts, and was difficult to manage with a cake fork, though it did break up when bitten, It was OK, but I wouldn’t go and buy one in the shop as a result of the one I ate.

The fondant fancy was lovely, but rather sweet. And if I say it’s too sweet that is serious sugar, as I’m not known for my sensitivity to sugar. The icing was too sweet and the creamy bit inside was too large and too sweet. I’m a lover of fondant fancies, so this is hurting me to write.

The scones were nice and soft with good texture. We had a clotted cream portion each and it was a perfect way to round off the meal, along with another cup of tea. The tea was prompt and plentiful and there was a jug of hot water to top the pot up.

Sandwiches – they best we’ve had. The salad was good, though you know my thoughts on salad. Cakes too sweet. Scone – lovely. Tea – excellent. Surroundings and service – excellent.

So far, this is the winner.


Did I mention the pork pies? We brought some home. I had one for tea, with a cheese scone and soup, and had one for lunch with my sandwiches. Don’t be tempted by the pork and apple.

If you are in Yorkshire looking for an afternoon tea, I’d definitely go for Botham’s in preference to Bettys.

This, of course, brings me to another point. Bettys has dropped the apostrophe and Botham’s have kept it. I think the lesson is clear here. Old fashioned values still rule where Afternoon Tea is concerned.

Please note the picture of the stair-lift leading up to the tea room – they know their market!

Stairlift at Botham's tearoom, Whitby

Stairlift at Botham’s tearoom, Whitby

29 thoughts on “The Scone Chronicles XXIII – Afternoon Tea. Again.

  1. Helen

    On you last Scone Chronicles post I spelt Bettys with an apostrophe, in spite of subliminally knowing it is actually spelt otherwise. Without the apostrophe it looks decidedly worse when typed.

  2. arlingwoman

    There’s a tea place near me that I haven’t tried that offers a choice of savory or sweet, which I love the idea of. I like all the little sandwiches, and a sweet wouldn’t go amiss, but I don’t want to make a meal of them (ugh, the nausea). They are also really expensive here in the States, crazily so. As a result, I will live vicariously through your blog posts on teas.

  3. higgledypiggledymom

    Those cakes and sandwiches look lovely. “too sweet” is something that is very rarely in my vocab, but I have noticed that sometimes and those sometimes aren’t enough to stop me from eating it anyway.

  4. Laurie Graves

    Oh, my! What a way to start the day. Everything looks delicious. “Too sweet” has never been a part of my vocabulary. Wish I could find a way to zip over to see just how sweet those desserts are. 😉

    1. quercuscommunity

      🙂 Thank you Derrick. However, the quest must go on. There is a place in Northamptonshire that served beef and horseradish sandwiches and one in Felixstowe that offers second helpings…

  5. Clare Pooley

    I am finding so many cakes in tea-shops and cafés are too sweet these days. How thoughtful to install a stair-lift! That must increase their takings by quite a bit.


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