Long Weekend in Harrogate – Sunday

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Harlow Gardens Fuelled by the ‘Full-English’ breakfast, we set off in the direction of York. On the way there, we dropped into RHS’s property, Harlow Carr. This was disappointing, but perhaps that was down to the time of year and Spring being a bit late this year. Still, it gave us the perfect excuse to pop into Betty’s next door and sample their obligatory ‘Fat Rascal‘!!!

Designer Outlet - York Next, we continued on our journey to York and took a chance that the Designer Outlet would be open just outside the city.. Luckily for us, the gamble paid off and most of the shops were open. Ann picked up a bargain Aquascutum coat at a bargain price!

Nice house Next, it was off to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming. A place full of tractors, livestock, a rather large Easter Bunny and a Viking settlement (made up of University students, playing the part with 101% conviction!). We originally planned to have lunch at the Farm but the menu was pretty limited, and there was a long delay for cooked meals, so we headed for our ultimate destination of York, and hoped we’d find somewhere.

Cafe Rouge - York After a short wander round, we discovered we were spoiled for choice – so we settled for Cafe Rouge – York. The service and the food was excellent – We shared the meat platter for starters then Ann had the beef casserole and I had the chicken in Dijon sauce – scrummy!

Suitably stuffed, we continued looking around the city centre – by now it was packed with people, but the Sun was coming-out at last! We finished the day with a short stop in a coffee-shop almost next-door to York-Minster and then wandered back to the car. We were back at the B and B by 4.45 and we started to get packed to ensure we got away sharply tomorrow after breakfast.

It’s been a busy and enjoyable day – just wish the weather had been a little warmer..and the rain stopped a little earlier!!!

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