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.
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.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Go for traditional Afternoon Tea
- Shop in the craft bakery
- Attend a lunch event
- Do a course at Bettys Cookery School in Harrogate
- Eat a Fat Rascal scone
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.
Take 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.
- 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
WHERE TO STAY IN YORK
The Bar Convent
Situated in the heart of York, The Bar Convent is just over 300m from York Railway Station.
Rooms from £38 a night.
Hotel du Vin
In the Mount area, the Hotel du Vin features elegant boutique rooms and a bistro-style restaurant.
Rooms from £94 a night.
They tell me that Guide Dogs are welcome.