Taste of Bettys

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For nearly 100 years, people have been flocking to Yorkshire for a taste of Bettys, which is known worldwide for its quality and ambience, and serving traditional meals with influences both from Switzerland and Yorkshire. It is quintessentially English and that’s what makes it so wonderful. A real taste of English elegance. Fantastic food, great coffees and teas.

Taste of Bettys

Taste of Bettys

Bettys was founded by Frederick Belmont, a Swiss baker and confectioner who came to England in search of opportunities to develop his craft skills. He opened his first Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate in 1919 and named it ‘Bettys’. The reason why remains a mystery to this day.

Bettys nowadays is a Traditional elegance that continues to set high standards. But Be warned, there is a fair queue to get a table if you haven’t booked beforehand. I was certainly lucky, as I got my table quite very quick.

There are two levels in the Tea-room, one which is the ground floor and has the windows all around, and one downstairs, which was a more cosy setting, so I decided to sit there.

The waitress and staff who looked after our table were very friendly and polite. Their outfits remind you of old-fashioned waitresses/waiters which add to the old time atmosphere!

I tried the Afternoon Tea. The food was delicious and the pastries and desserts selection was simply superb. If I could eat them all I probably would.

There is also touching mirror-wall memorial with messages from airmen who visited Betty’s during the war, which I found quite moving.

Overall this is a must-visit place for anyone exploring York. The food and experience are well worth the wait.

Should you find yourself in York, and you don’t go to Betty’s, shame on you!