Apothecary Tea Rooms and Gardens, Howarth

Date visited: Saturday 27th April 2019

Roast beef and vegetables in a Yorkshire pudding, with a pot of tea.

The Apothecary Tea Rooms in Howarth are, for those arriving by train, a long climb up the hill from Howarth Station on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The Tea Rooms are part of the Apothecary Guest House. There are two rooms for those taking tea. The ‘garden’ is more of a terrace. Both the rear room and the terrace have fine views across the valley to Brow Moor. The menu is relatively small, catering mainly for lunch time meals but also with a selection of cakes. The range of teas on the drinks menu is also quite small.

There’s a Bakewell tart hiding under the custard.

In a village that makes the most of its link to the Bronte family, the prices at the Apothecary Tea Rooms are commendably cheap, with no hint of trying to milk the tourists of their money – this is food for the hungry rather than for those looking for luxury. Service was slightly chatty and a little jovial – or as they describe it on their website, ‘relaxed informality’. Roast beef and vegetables in a Yorkshire pudding, Bakewell tart with custard, and a pot of tea came to £9.70. As one would expect for the price, the food was not stunning, but it was filling.

The Apothecary Tea Rooms have views across the valley to Brow Moor. The framed picture is a drawing of the tearoom.

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