The town of Harrogate is located in North Yorkshire, just a few miles from the outskirts of York. Famous for its natural spas and stunning architecture, the town has won many awards for its beauty over the years. Tourism is thriving in this part of the World, which is one of the reasons why Harrogate is blessed with so many great coffee shops — and here are five of the very best.
1. The Wild Plum Coffee Shop
The Wild Plum Coffee Shop is located inside Snooty Frox of Harrogate — a ladies’ fashion store. Whenever you enter this thriving eatery, you’re greeted with the most wonderful array of homebakes, pastries, sandwiches, salads, paninis, breakfast items and savoury treats.
All of the food here is prepared fresh every day by Bethany Haresign, who trained at the Michelin-starred Waterside Inn in Bray. Among the house specialities are the Farm Venison Burger, served with coleslaw and skinny chips. The coffee is as good as it gets, served by uber friendly baristas who will spend some time talking about brewing methods and provenance when it’s not too busy.
2. The Udder Coffee Shop
Located in the Cud Life farmshop at Spruisty Hall Farm, The Udder Coffee Shop is about as homely as you’ll find. Only Taylor’s coffee and tea is served here, so quality is always guaranteed. There’s also a wide selection of freshly baked cakes and pastries, as well as a dazzling array of savoury treats.
This place is famous in the local area for its cakes, however. Make sure you try Jackie’s famous scone, which come in several flavours. There’s also a huge demand for Jackie’s Lemony Lemon Drizzle Cake and banoffee pie. The Udder Coffee Shop is proof that coffee and cake done simply can be a wonderful thing.
3. Westmoreland Speciality Coffee
Westmoreland Specialty Coffee is located on the outskirts of the town, so it is very much a destination among locals. Cosy and casual, this place takes great pride in making coffee with love and professionalism. One of the great things about it is the fact that the management like to keep coffee addicts on their toes by continually changing the single origins and blends being served.
However, one thing always remains the same — the espresso. Sourced from local roastery North Star, the espresso here is exceptional. This is one of the few places in the town where you can sit on a stool at the espresso bar and watch the baristas work their magic on a genuine La Marzocco espresso machine.
If you want to enjoy a hybrid coffee experience that takes the best of Yorkshire and Scandinavian traditions, Baltzersens is a great place to visit. This Tardis-like coffee shop looks tiny from the street, but it’s surprisingly large and spacious inside. And during the summer there are extra seats in the street, which is a great place to watch the world go by. The coffee comes from North Star in Leeds, so you know it’s going to be consistently good. Baltzersens has its own house blend, but it regularly features guest single-origin and blended coffees that change every few weeks.
The menu at Baltzersens is extensive, and includes a selection of incredible open sandwiches and Belgian waffles. One of the most popular dishes on offer is the avocado on toast, which is served with fennel, roasted tomatoes and garlic aioli. There’s also an extensive list of breakfast specials, which includes everything from bagels to a full English.
5. Bean & Bud
Famous among locals, Bean & Bud on Commercial Street is known for its ever-changing selection of coffees. Not only does this place regularly change it’s main espresso and house blends, it often switches roaster — although it always keeps things local. Don’t want your coffee made with espresso, that’s fine. You can choose from a range of brewing methods, including Chemex, Aeropress, French press and drip.
The food offering is very impressive, and all made on the premises every day. The sandwich selection changes with the seasons, so locals know not to get to attached to a particular filling. But this keeps things exciting and unpredictable. These are gourmet sandwiches made with premium local ingredients, so they’re always in high demand. The pastries and cakes are also always changing, but they’re always baked fresh, and they’re always delicious.
Harrogate is home to some truly exceptional coffee shops, so your only problem will be deciding which of them to visit.