The Black Swan has just been awarded the Tea Guilds "Top Tea Place" award. And my husband and I can confirm - we had a beautiful cup of tea with all the extras - finger sandwiches, cakes, scones.... !! And it has to be said, it's worth the 45 minute drive as the scenery is beautiful. Helmsley is a special market town (Prince Charles apparently comes up hunting pheasant) and you have Riveaulx Abbey about a 10 minute drive away -which is one of my favourites!
However, if you can't get there, Betty's is always an option and certainly won't disappoint! (photo is of Betty's in York)