I do feel for the smaller independent businesses at times, so I will make mention of The Team Rooms in Harrogate, just in case any search engine picks up on this and can direct even one extra visitor to it, then it has done its piece.
Whilst visiting Harrogate on business, which is a lovely place up North, we meandered around the shops and side streets and ended up in a small shopping arcade that probably had less than 10 units and a few of those were empty. Up on the first floor there was a small cafe that was empty, OK it had gone 5pm on a Saturday. I enquired if they were open on the Sunday as I needed somewhere for a group of us to snack as my sister and her family were coming down to visit. Unfortunately that weekend he wasn't but I got chatting and he said that today was a bit of struggle and I sympathised on the location as it would be hard to get a high level of natural footfall, especially if many of the units are empty.
What I found nice was that he immediately recommended that I consider another two independent places, stressing on them being independent businesses. Even when small businesses compete, it is important to support each other as well.
I've had tea and cake at Betty's team rooms, but sitting downstairs wasn't much kop and felt like a bog standard department store anyway.
Well, the name check goes out to:
The Tea Room
Tel: 01423 506663
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