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Take Afternoon Tea at Bettys (it’s a Yorkshire Tradition)

by | Apr 12, 2015

Bettys Café Tea Rooms, York

For nearly 100 years people have been flocking to Bettys in York for Afternoon Tea. Famous for their Yorkshire Fat Rascal scones, they’re still a family business and now have six legendary Café Tea Rooms across the county plus a craft bakery and their own cookery school.

Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms York

Afternoon Tea at Bettys is legendary

A visit to Yorkshire wouldn’t be complete without savouring the delights of Afternoon Tea at Bettys.

Celebrating tradition, elegance, nostalgia, great service and all things delicious, it’s definitely not one to miss.

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The story of Bettys is infact, the story of Frederick Belmont. Born in Switzerland and trained in baking and confectionery, he opened the first Bettys in Harrogate in 1919. As his business grew in popularity, he added more tea rooms across Yorkshire. You’ll find two of them in the city of York where Bettys’ Swiss roots are still strong today.

Admire the Sweet Creations in the Craft Bakery

Inside every Bettys café, you’ll find a shop with an array of chocolates, breads, cakes and artisan loaves all beautifully presented. It’s impossible not to look at jewelled fruit tarts, chocolate mice wrapped in gold foil and Easter eggs decorated with delicate spring flowers, without them quietly whispering to you ‘eat me’. We defy anyone to walk in to Bettys and come out empty-handed.

The craft bakery at Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms York

The Craft Bakery at Bettys

Enjoy Bettys Afternoon Tea in the Belmont Room

To enjoy a real sense of occasion, put on your best dress and book in for Afternoon Tea at the Belmont Room in Bettys York or the Imperial Room at Bettys Harrogate. Sip tea poured from a silver teapot and then feast your eyes on the gleaming silver cake stand laden with sandwiches, exquisite handmade cakes and freshly baked scones, served with fruity preserves and thick Yorkshire clotted cream. The Art Deco Belmont Room remains unchanged since 1937 and was inspired by the luxurious Queen Mary ocean liner.

Join the Ladies Who Lunch

Bettys also host special luncheons as well as their very popular jazz and swing dinners. Foodie-themed lunches include meeting their Tea Buyer or learning to decorate a celebration cake.

chocolate mice bettys york

Bettys chocolate mice

  • Book in for Afternoon Tea at Bettys York at the weekend to be serenaded by the café pianist playing favourites such as Moon River
  • If you feel inspired and want to learn the skills to create beautiful patisserie or the perfect loaf of bread, sign up for a course at Bettys Cookery School in nearby Harrogate

Dog Policy Mr Hendricks says, “They tell me that Guide Dogs are very welcome.”


How to Find Bettys York

Bettys Cafe and Tea Rooms, 6-8 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QP

Bettys Cafe and Tea Rooms York



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Sally is the founder and editor of The Foodie Travel Guide. She travels around the UK and beyond in search of the best foodie days out, tasting experiences and delicious places to stay. She loves a glass of English sparkling wine, afternoon tea with friends and escaping London for gastronomic adventures. 

Afternoon Tea at Bettys

  • Enjoy a Luxury Lady Betty Afternoon Tea
  • Served in the Belmont room
  • Specially devised menu
  • Immaculate table setting
  • Get serenaded by a pianist

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