OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACelebrating local food producers, Fodder food hall and cafe in Harrogate is always a treat and the afternoon tea is a very Yorkshire affair too. Take a hungry friend with you!

When it comes to afternoon tea in Harrogate, most people think about a certain place synonymous with this town (you know the one!) but there are lots of other great places to eat and drink around here. If you fancy circumnavigating the town centre and getting away from the madding crowds (and queues) for a bit, you should definitely give Fodder a go. As the name suggests, this farm shop and cafe is all about the food; locally-sourced, quality ingredients and while it’s not technically based on a farm, it is supplied by hundreds of farmers and producers. Instead it has panoramic views over the Crimple Valley so you feel like you’re getting a breath of fresh air especially if you sit outside on a warmer day (where there’s a little play area for kids too).


Just look at all that local Yorkshire ice cream above, including Ryeburn & Helmsley, ¬†Just Jenny’s and of course Brymor – amazing! The shop is filled with lots of other yummy fresh and handmade produce. There’s also a small gift area selling locally made homewares. But we were here to try the afternoon tea and boy was it good. My sister and I know how to trench but even we had to take a bit home in a box; these are Yorkshire portions!

A selection of egg mayo and smoked salmon sandwiches (loved the addition of cress and dill in both these) started us off with tasty savoury pastries as well. And the sweet stuff offered a real sugar hit (as well as a little boozy one) which was a nice surprise. I like my afternoon tea to be delicately presented but packing a big flavour punch so my favourites were the mini lemon meringue pie and the espresso cup filled with a coffee parfait. All of this we washed down with gallons of Yorkshire tea (they didn’t seem to mind us ordering another pot half way through) while me and my big sis and little niece had a good catch up. The only thing we were slightly disappointed with was the size of the scones, which were a little too dainty maybe, meaning most of the delicious jam and clotted cream went to waste. That said, we couldn’t finish what we did have so what do we know? Instead I shared a couple more bites with Greig and the kids when we got home and snaffled a particularly good millionaire’s shortbread over a film that night.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Fodder afternoon tea for two costs £28 and includes the following:

A selection of sandwiches

Mini veggie quiches

Cheese, bacon and herb twists

Millionaire’s shortbread bites

Cointreau and strawberry delice

Bailey’s chocolate and coffee iced parfait

Mini scones with strawberry jam & clotted cream

Mini lemon tarts topped with lime cream

Pot of Yorkshire Tea


Thanks to Fodder for this lovely treat.




Adele @ Beautiful Tribe //

What a treat! I’m getting hungry just looking at all these pictures. Farm shop meets cafe sounds like an excellent combination and that lemon merang is particularly inviting!

Laura //

How lovely does this cafe look – all that delicious food and fresh fruit and veg! I could really do with an indulgent afternoon tea! Also have been meaning to make it up North forever so have really been enjoying your local posts about Harrogate

Laura x

Lori //

Oh my EYES! this looks amazing!! I love a good cream tea and I would definitely take a detour to Harrogate to head to fodder as it all sounds too good to be true! x

Slummy single mummy //

What it is about a sandwich with the crusts cut off that feels so decadent I wonder? It does though. I’m very pleased to see they had egg mayo too – it’s not really a party tea without it.

Mel Wiggins //

OMG, I am not usually a fan of afternoon tea (I don’t consider myself the target audience for dainty food) but this looks amazing!


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