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February 28, 2011

We love Ilkley. Thank you, Jackson Brodie.

Today Harriet stayed home with her grandparents, and Stuart and I drove to Ilkley in Yorkshire (which is very close to Burley Cross country). I wanted to go to a Bettys Tea Room after reading Starting Early Took My Dog (which should probably receive a commission for our visit). Jackson Brodie certainly did not mislead us: if the Bettys girls ran the government, indeed, there would not have been recent economic disasters, or disasters of any kind. Tea was completely delicious, definitely the best we’d had since Saturday, and I was particularly in love with the woman having her breakfast at the table across from ours’ (“Anything else for ye, Vera?” they asked as she was preparing to go, as she tied a kerchief around her hair).

We had fun exploring the town afterwards, visiting the best butcher in Britain, and the Grove Bookshop, a fabulous independent bookshop whose business was booming. We got a steak and kidney pie at the former, and at the bookshop, I got a Penguin 75 tote bag, and Old Filth by Jane Gardam (which I’ve had out of the library twice, but have always had to return before I’ve had a chance to read it).

3 thoughts on “We love Ilkley. Thank you, Jackson Brodie.”

  1. Nathalie says:

    Blow a kiss to Yorkshire’s stone walls for me, if you can manage that and drive and not hit birds.

  2. steph says:

    Me too. Also, I knew only of four Betty’s tea rooms, and had no idea there was one in Ilkley or Harlow Carr. I’ve been only to the one in Northallerton (my sister works there) and the two in York. It was such a great experience I’ve still got the paper coasters that say Betty’s on them, as well as my receipts and a catalogue. 🙂

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