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First stop on our trip to the UK was Ilkley- a spa town in the North of England. After flying into Manchester and transferring trains at Leeds Station, we arrived in the quaint, quiet town. We were in Ilkley for our friends’ wedding but luckily had a couple of hours to explore.

The high street was lined with a combination of English chains and small retailers with shoppers bustling along getting holiday shopping done. Through a recommendation from a friend, we had late breakfast at Betty’s Tea Room. It was my first ‘real’ tea room experience and I was not disappointed. From the silver teapots to the dainty dessert carts, all of the details were exactly like I had pictured.

I recommend getting a pot of Betty’s Tea Room Blend to share amongst two. The bacon and raclette cheese rosti was delicious and the perfect blend for a hungry brunch. We also ordered the eggs benedict and loved the traditional English ham and hollandaise sauce. If you are like me, order you eggs extra runny as they tend to overcook them.

Betty’s has six locations and also offers cooking school classes.

During our weekend in Ilkley, we stayed at The Crescent Inn. The 11 suite boutique hotel recently underwent a massive renovation and we luckily reaped the benefits. The room was small (which I know is standard in England) but well designed for the size. The furnishings and fixtures were all new and added a modern feel to the historic building. To our surprise, breakfast was included with our stay. This was not your standard North American “continental” breakfast of dry pastries and coffee… they served a variety of made to order dishes from pancakes to full English breakfasts in their adjoined restaurant Le Bistrot Pierre.

Ilkley was a great romantic weekend getaway and the perfect setting for our friends’ wedding.

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