Right in the heart of York, you’ll find St Helen’s Square and our York branch of Bettys.
In 1936 the founder of Bettys, Frederick Belmont, travelled on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary. He was so enthralled by the splendour of the ship that he commissioned the Queen Mary’s designers and craftsmen to turn a dilapidated furniture store into his most sophisticated branch yet – an elegant café in the land-locked location of St Helen’s Square. Today, as you sit in Bettys surrounded by huge curved windows, elegant wood panelling and ornate mirrors, you can almost imagine yourself aboard a luxury liner.
The art deco elegance of the Queen Mary is particularly evident in our first floor Belmont Room which was inspired by one of the cruise liner’s state rooms. Throughout the year we host musical evenings and events here.
A few years after Bettys opened its doors in York war broke out, and Bettys – in particular the basement ‘Bettys Bar’ – became a favourite haunt of thousands of airmen stationed around York. ‘Bettys Mirror’, on which many of them engraved their signatures with a diamond pen, remains on display today as a fitting tribute to their bravery.
Reserve your table for Afternoon Tea
Although we don’t take reservations in our café, we do take reservations for Afternoon Tea in the Belmont Room at Bettys York every Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm. Friday bookings will also be available at Bettys York from Friday 2nd November.
Wednesday 22 May 7:30 PM
Songs from the Shows
The Treble Clef Female Ensemble returns once again with hits from the great shows.
Wednesday 5 June 12:30 PM
Palaces on Wheels Afternoon Tea
Discover the sumptuous luxury and yet deep practicality of the palaces on wheels.
Sunday 16 June 9:00 AM
Father's Day Breakfast
Treat dad on his special day with breakfast at Bettys.
Friday 21 June 7:30 PM
The Impressions Jazz Trio perform songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.