Afternoon Tea at Betty’s in Yorkshire

There is something quintessentially British about afternoon tea, especially in a quaint British tearoom.

So a visit to Yorkshire has to include an hour or two in Betty’s sipping beautiful Assam tea from bone china cups wit saucers and eating delicious light cakes.

Tea and a delicious lemon cake with a dollop of cream

Tea in bone china cups and a delicious lemon cake with a dollop of cream. Afternoon tea at Betty’s in Yorkshire, England

The ironic thing is that the founder of Betty’s wasn’t British and wasn’t called Betty.

A mountain of macarons

A mountain of pastel-shaded macarons on display at Betty’s in Yorkshire

The founder of Betty’s was a Swiss man called Frederick Belmont who opened his first tea room in Harrogate in 1919. Now there are 6 “Bettys” in Yorkshire. The one I visited was down a narrow cobbled street in York under the shadows of York Minster. The tea rooms are on the first floor in a higgledy-piggledy warren of low-ceilinged, creaking-floored rooms.

Cakes at Betty's, Yorkshire

Delicate little cakes covered in melt-in-the-mouth fondant icing at Betty’s Yorkshire

Downstairs on the ground floor is the shop where you can buy all sorts of goodies such as teas, biscuits & cakes.

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It’s not certain who the “Betty”, the tearooms were named after, was. Some think it could have been the late Queen mother. Or it could have been a homage to a young girl called Betty who died of tuberculosis. Her father was a doctor who’s practice later became the site for was the first Betty’s tearoom.

For further information see Betty’s website: http://www.bettys.co.uk

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