To Northallerton today with my God-daughter - mainly to do a bit of shopping in a "proper" town - I get there so rarely. It is only twenty miles away but I don't feel like making the effort = I much prefer the countryside. But today I was chauffeur-driven and really enjoyed the treat.
In the days when Yorkshire was officially split into Ridings (it is still unofficially split!) then Northallerton was our County Town here in North Yorkshire. And, as such, it holds an important place in the psyche of our village.
The highlight of the visit was lunch at Betty's restaurant. Betty's is famous throughout the country for its restaurants in Harrogate, York, Ilkley and Northallerton. The decor, the ambience, the food, the service - all are exemplary. We dined magnificently - decided early on that we did not need a sweet, but then they parked the sweet trolley right next to our table. Well, I mean, how could we resist the coffee cake and the meringues???
I put on two photographs so that you get the general idea. Now it is time to get the tea for the farmer who did not partake of the excellent lunch, so blogging will - of necessity - be short today. Happy drooling over the sweet-trolley!