Celebrating 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.
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.