It’s Saturday morning and the Gent said, ‘Let’s go to Harrogate’. The ride from Leeds to Harrogate was spoilt somewhat by the aroma of field ‘Muck’ spreading near a portion of the A61. The smell was still in the air when we returned via the same route a few hours later. Now I’m all for naturale, but that was a little too pungent for my liking.
After parking up on the edge of Harrogate Town, we walked passed part of the stray towards the town centre, to find a series of ‘boot camp’ style activities going on. The Gent remarked at the large amount of attendees that were there. I think he meant large as in ‘Quantity’ of people rather than the size of them.
If it were possible to loose weight by simply watching them working out, then I would have lost a couple of pounds by the time I’d passed them by.
By this time we were ready for a cup of Tea and Coffee so we went straight over to Bean and Bud on Commercial Street.
It was nice to see such a lovely, vibrant, independent Coffee shop busy with customers, both inside and seated outside in the lovely sunshine.
I ordered a China Oolong Leaf Tea, which I drank without milk. The Gent ordered a Latte, which came with one of those skilled swirling decorations that I admire so much, on the milky frothy topping. I introduced myself to Ruth and Hayden, and had a very brief chat with Hayden about Leaf tea. I say brief, because the place was a hive of activity with customers.
The Gent enjoyed his Latte. My China Oolong Leaf Tea, which was served in a very nice transparent tea pot (must get me one of those) was so delicious I had to buy some on the way out. It was so refreshing and flavoursome that I almost drank the whole pot. With each cup full, the flavour intensified, without having that bitter tannin flavour. I shall be adding this to my collection of Leaf Teas when I hold my Underground Afternoon Tea Events.
After our little interlude at Bean and Bud, the Gent hot footed it to Waterstone’s book shop and I ventured into the World of the Charity shops, where I managed to find a very pretty glass milk jug to add to my collection.
This left me with a quick visit to The Cheese Board of Harrogate for some Traditional Wenslydale Cheese and a very time constrained dash into Lakeland (Lakeland Fans will know how hard that is) We then headed back to the car park with minutes left on the meter.