Harrogate means a whole lot of things, but especially Bettys Bakery and Agatha Christie.
My friends call me Miss Marple , so it’s no surprise that I went to Harrogate recently on a pilgrimage to the Old Swan Hotel. Agatha Christie sought refuge here during a personal crisis in 1926, thereby sparking a nation- wide search …..and a good many headlines! Back then the hotel was called The Swan Hydropathic Hotel, as the town was a centre for hydrotherapy.
CAKES, CAKES, CAKES! AND YORKSHIRE CREAM!
I know it’s a cliche, but Bettys Tearooms and Bakery is definitely an institution in Harrogate. People line up outside to sample their cream teas and Fat Rascal cakes.
Inside, the bakery itself offers every Yorkshire delight known to man – or woman!
Clearly the whole of Harrogate (including Bettys) had entered into the spirit of the 2014 Tour de France and the Grand Depart;
I became slightly obsessed with bicycles myself;
We also stumbled upon what must surely be the smallest dress shop in the world. I wonder if there is a fitting room?
I loved Harrogate. One day I’m going back to attend the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, held each July. Of course the prime spot to stay is the wonderful Old Swan.
Have you been to Harrogate, and in particular the crime writing festival?