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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.

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