Yorkshire Cafes & Tea Rooms

Cafes and tea rooms are a real speciality in Yorkshire. The county draws on the finest source of local and organic produce, and is famed for its historic food and drink suppliers such as tea and coffee specialists Taylors of Harrogate founded in 1886, and owners of Yorkshire’s award-winning Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms.

The first Bettys Cafe Tea Room, opened 1919 in Harrogate

The first Bettys Cafe Tea Room, opened 1919 in Harrogate

Historic Family Run Businesses

The first Bettys opened in Harrogate in 1919, and today the spa town has two Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, York also has two and market towns Ilkley and Northallerton each have one. Family run Lewis & Cooper of Northallerton celebrated their centenary in 1999 with the opening of their tearooms in the former living quarters of one of their founders George Lewis.

The list of family run Yorkshire craft bakers with shops and tea rooms open for over a century is extensive. Take Botham’s of Whitby and their shop and tearoom on Skinner Street. The venue is housed within the original premises of Elizabeth Botham who established her craft bakery here in 1865. For irresistible tea loaf/ bracks and gingerbread, Botham’s is a must visit, and they serve their own unique blend of tea in their Whitby tearooms – Resolution Tea named after Captain Cook’s famous ship!

Heritage Exhibition at The North Light Gallery & Cafe, Huddersfield housed within a historic wool cloth mill.

Heritage Exhibition at The North Light Gallery & Cafe, Huddersfield housed within a historic wool cloth mill.

Fair traders and cafe/ tea room owners in Yorkshire are often family owned and run, with a long heritage. You’ll find many a café or tea room housed in a historic mill like Huddersfield’s North Light Cafe with permanent heritage exhibition, gallery children’s workshops, Fairtrade cafe and more all within regenerated Brooke’s Mill, a family wool cloth mill founded in 1541.

TV Cafe Stars

Cafe and tea room stars of TV aren’t hard to find in Yorkshire, with particularly famous venues including Sid’s Cafe in Holmfirth, meeting point of choice for Compo, Clegg and Foggy in TV’s longest running sitcom ‘Last of the Summer Wine’.

Organic & Fairtrade

There’s a strong emphasis on supporting local farmers in Yorkshire tearooms and cafes and on organic and fairtrade sourced food and drink where possible. Sample a delicious range of healthy and creative snacks and drinks at the Organic House in Hebden Bridge whose suppliers include Steenberg’s Organics, a North Yorkshire family run business at the forefront of fairtrade spices, and suppliers of an exceptional range of organic/ fairtrade coffee, specialist leaf teas and herbal tea mixes.

Family Friendly

Yorkshire cafes and tearooms love families, with children’s menus and organic baby and child drinks and snacks available in outlets like the Organic House in Hebden Bridge. Quirky art cafes great for families include delightful venues like Cobbles & Clay in Haworth – more than just a cafe – featuring a secret garden and pottery painting for all abilities, accompanied by tasty ‘no junk-no gunk’ food! Checkout the range of children’s activities and workshops at The North Light Cafe and Gallery in Huddersfield – fun packed and craft filled creative play for kids at its best!

Cobbles and Clay Art Cafe in Haworth

Cobbles and Clay Art Cafe in Haworth

Cafe & Tearoom Hotspots in Yorkshire

Across the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors villages you’ll find some of Yorkshire’s best and friendliest traditional cafes and tearooms. Top spots include ‘Heartbeat village’ Goathland with a choice of popular family run tearooms serving up delicious locally sourced, home made fare and ‘proppa’ Yorkshire teas. Goathland Tearooms & Gift Shop in the heart of the village is a favourite housed within a former doctor’s surgery and The Moors Coffee Shop and Tea Room is another, famed for its cream teas.

If you’re walking, cycling or touring the Yorkshire Dales, stop off at the charming Muker Village Teashop and Stores in Swaledale. Muker’s Teashop recipes have featured on TV cookery shows and they serve multi award-winning slow roasted coffees supplied by Grumpy Mule of Holmfirth and Rarebits and Ploughmans featuring local Swaledale and Wensleydale cheeses!

Dales market towns and villages including Skipton, Grassington, Hawes and Leyburn all offer an exceptional choice of best Yorkshire cafes and tearooms. Discover beautiful Georgian tea rooms around Richmond’s market place like Cross View Tea Rooms with a menu rich in locally sourced produce fresh from local farms and tea companies.

Yorkshire is home to some of England’s finest and most unique cafes and tearooms, not just in the Moors and Dales but in deliciously Yorkshire cities like York, fairtrade towns and villages like Hebden Bridge and Haworth, and in beautiful market towns like Ilkley and Northallerton.

A combination of long-standing, dedicated family run businesses, exceptional local produce and a keen concern for organic and fairtrade sourcing here in Yorkshire has made it a UK best for Cafe and tea room experiences – come and discover it for yourself.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.