Advantages Wonderful historic building, classy and very tasty
Disadvantages a bit pricey
A few years ago we stayed at Nidd Hall and paid a visit into Harrogate. When I mentioned our trip my mother-in-law who is nearly 94 yrs young, she told us to visit Bettys and what a wonderful shop, cafe and tearooms it is; she was really excited and really wanted us to experience the place. On that visit the queue to lunch at Bettys was all round the shop and down the side street and this was in the depths of winter, so we only went into the shop and tried a couple of their cakes, although that was all we had. I was hooked; both my hubby and I agreed we had never tasted cakes as good as these. I also discovered on that visit that they had an on-line delivery service and they delivered to Canada, well that sorted Mom’s birthday and Christmas presents for the next couple of years.
The first Bettys was opened in 1919 by Frederick Belmont a young Swiss confectioner, it is still very much a family run business.Frederick Belmont lost his parents at an early age, he was in his teens when he did apprenticeships with bakers and confectioners across Europe; by the time he came over to Harrogate to open the first Betty’s he was full of ideas and inspiration for the future.
In the 1920’s he opened a craft bakery in Harrogate, complete with its own orchard, the success of this led to him opening more branches around Yorkshire. This included one in York which was inspired by the Queen Mary Cruise liner, which became very popular with the Americans and Canadians who were stationed in York during the war years.In the 1960’s Bettys merged with Taylors of Harrogate who specialise in tea and coffee. Betty’s now has six cafe tea rooms across Yorkshire and also runs a cookery school and a home delivery service.
=~~Our Experience~~==It is mid September and we arrived in Harrogate around 1215hrs, and after emptying the car we walked the short distance from our rented apartment to Betty’s, we had a very pleasant surprise as there was only around 20-30 people queuing so we joined the queue for lunch.
A member of the front of house staff came outside and asked us what we would like afternoon tea, a snack or a meal as this depended on where you were seated. We wanted a light lunch, so she gave us the appropriate menu to look at, noticing my walking stick she offered us a seat inside to wait to be led to the cafe area. We only waited about 5-10 mins when she came back and hold us to make our way to the stairs that led down to the section which we would be eating in.
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