We ate at the Golden Lion one Saturday night in May 2012 and due to not booking we were unable to be seated in the restaurant. I did get a quick look at the restaurant and it was certainly busy but did have a certain ambience.
We (a party of 12) were seated in the main bar at the back of the hotel - this turned out to be quite noisy with Saturday night revellers but at least we got in for a meal.
The meals are good value - there is an a la carte menu but the fixed price menu offers good value at £12.50 for 2 courses and £14.50 for 3 courses.
There are 6 starters , 10 main courses and 6 desserts to choose from.
We were slightly disappointed that the staff tried to charge for 12 x 3 course meals when only 5 people had 3 courses - deliberate or error? It was corrected. Despite this a wonderful and historical old inn with quality food at affordable prices. We ate here on 12/5/2012.
Favorite Dish: I had a prawn cocktail as a starter and Maureen had potato skins with cheese. I had chicken breast stuffed with cheeses and Maureen had a pork dish. The food was well presented and of good quality. There is a very good wine list and the service was friendly and reasonably efficient but in fairness to the staff this was an exceptionally busy night with many diners having to eat in the bar area.
My friend, Ruth, and I love our Betty's experiences and visiting the Northallerton branch was no exception! We had a lovely lunch there and although it's more expensive than average it was worth every penny!
To start off with I ordered the soup of the day which was followed by sandwich. We were seduced by their offer of desserts and ended up having one one! As a souvenirs of our visit we ordered some delicious Yorkshire Fat Rascals (a large fruit scone with a cherry and almond face) at the cafe's shop.
The tea rooms were beautiful with great ambiance and lighting. Unlike the York and Harrogate branches we didn't have to wait long to be seated and served!
The total bill came to 34 gbp for both of us. More expensive that what we would usually pay for having lunch but the quality of the food and how it was presented made it worthwhile.
Favorite Dish: I had the soup of day, parsnip and pear soup, followed by Yorkshire Rarebit Sandwiches (Ruth had also). To finish off, I had chocolate mousse and sauce whereas Ruth had berries cheesecake and sauce.
The most northerly branch of this famous Yorkshire chain of cafes is sited in a Grade II listed building. Located on the wide Georgian High Street – which is particularly busy during the Wednesday and Saturday markets – Bettys Café Tea Rooms in Northallerton is the finest place to eat in Northallerton.
Entry is through a well-stocked shop and then find an elegant Café and ‘Palm Room’, with a domed glass roof, huge window mirrors and a 3 metres tall Chusan Palm. During the warmer months you can enjoy afternoon tea ‘al fresco’ in the walled Courtyard.
Favorite Dish: Everything is wonderful , especially the pastries and cakes.
Just a basic cafe that is really nothing out of the ordinary but very good for take away sandwiches and meals to eat in. The name is a little false in my opinion - this is a popular and busy cafe but with very little ambiance. However despite a name that does not reflect the cafe it is worth eating here.
Favorite Dish: Wonderful all day English breakfast for only £3.00 includes lots of bacon, sausage , mushrooms, eggs and toast.