• Handpicked Harrogate

Spotlight on... Independent Cafes

There is so much choice, so we've handpicked four to get you started!


Harrogate Tea Rooms

Westminster Arcade, Harrogate


Situated in one of the most beautiful locations in Harrogate, this Victorian arcade is home to many independent businesses. On the top floor the Harrogate Tea Rooms provide home-made cakes, scones, and savoury treats together with a range of teas and coffees. The welcome is extremely friendly and the location is perfect for a relaxing afternoon tea with family and friends. Classified as an indoor venue, this cafe will reopen for business very soon.


They do offer mail order if you cannot wait for your fix of scones.


Highlights of this cafe are the scones, and, a personal favourite in the Handpicked Household, chocolate caramel brownies. The latter are luisciously chocolatey, gooey and highly recommended.



Mama Doreens Emporium

9-11 Station Square, Harrogate


Home to one of the most delicious afternoon tea offerings in Harrogate, including a Champagne afternoon tea, served in stunning surroundings. The staff are friendly and attentive, though not overly so, and a range of different teas and coffees are served. The Pink Bar can be booked for parties and weddings.


Highlights are the cupcakes and occasion cakes.



Lily's Cafe

24 Commercial Street, Harrogate

Offering a range of home cooked food, including favourites such as steak pie. This cafe is known for its excellent full English breakfast, with a vegetarian version also available. They are also well known for their delicious club sandwiches, with the chicken and bacon club being particularly recommended. All the cakes are home made and absolutely delicious.



Tilly Peppers

49 Cold Bath Road, Harrogate


This family friendly cafe serves delicious home cooked food and is vegetarian-friendly with a fabulous choice of options. The Millionaire's Brownie is highly recommended. This lovely cafe also offers absolutely gorgeous home-baked bread in a range of fabulous flavours. The caramelised red onion bread is particularly recommended. Perfect for cheering up your lunchtime sandwich on a weekday when you can't get out to the cafe itself.