Royal cakes on offer at super-posh Mother’s Day afternoon tea

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Does your mum deserve to dine like a royal?

If you answered no, you’re a bad child. You’re a terrible disappointment. In fact, it’s time we just went ahead and said it: you’ll never be as good as your sister.

We mean it! Just look at what she’s achieved. She works at a bank, for goodness sake! And you just sit there watching Loose Women and Cash in the Attic and getting Jaffa Cake stains on the sofa. We are so ashamed.

However, if you answered yes, then why not celebrate Mother’s Day by whisking your beloved matriarch off to Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, where a special afternoon tea has been devised to mark the Queen’s Jubilee?

The cakes on offer include Victoria sponge, Battenberg, Queen Mother’s cake and Prince Albert’s pudding.

The last one kind of sounds like a euphemism.

There’s another royal link for the 400-year-old stately home, as it’s the 90th anniversary of Princess Mary’s marriage to Viscount Lascelles, heir of the fifth Earl of Harewood.

“Princess Mary lived at Goldsborough Hall from her marriage in 1922 until 1930,” said hall owner Clare Oglesby.

“It was here that she herself became a mother to her two boys so it seems apt to launch our special royal afternoon tea on Mother’s Day.”

It’s worth adding that one of this district’s true food originals, wilfra cake, will also be on offer. Said to have originated in Ripon, this sweet apple pie made with Wensleydale cheese was served to Queen Mary in 1923 during a visit to York, while she was staying at the hall with the princess, her daughter.

Did she like it? Who knows. But it’s been a popular dish at the hall since head chef David Stewart-Pybus rescued it from the history books last year.