According to the latest analysis from Savills Research, Harrogate is the top location in its region (Yorkshire & The Humber) in terms of percentage of pupils in highperforming schools (although it’s fallen out of the top 10 local authorities nationally). Daniel believes parents are ‘spoilt for choice’.
State primaries that get talked about include Rossett Acre and Western Primary and Harrogate Grammar School, St John Fisher Catholic High School and St Aidan’s Cofe High School are among the best secondaries. In the independent sector, there’s
Brackenfield, Ashville College Harrogate Ladies’ College.
Butcher, baker, coffee maker
Like many other regional hotspots, Harrogate caters splendidly for those addicted to their morning cup of coffee, but the town isn’t known as the ‘tearoom Mecca’ for nothing. Crowning all others is Bettys, established in 1919 by Frederick Belmont with, in the company’s own words, a successful blend of ‘Swiss confectionery and Yorkshire hospitality’.
Today, there are more than 300 breads, cakes and chocolates to gorge on while contemplating walking it all off afterwards on The Stray (or head to the other cafe at RHS Garden Harlow Carr for further acreage to explore).
But the story doesn’t end with Bettys: ‘Over the past 12–18 months, we’ve seen the town centre go bananas with new cafes and restaurants opening,’ says James. Recommendations include Bean & Bud, Weetons, a deli and coffee shop, and Marconi. Stuzzi and Baltzersen’s are all-day cafes and William & Victoria is a nice wine bar.