Bettys York

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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm.

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Twice the Delight in York!
Enjoy two of York's most delightful experiences with the new Bettys and York Minster voucher.

Each voucher entitles the holder to both a Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Belmont Room and admission to York Minster, including a guided tour. Combining our most luxurious Afternoon Tea with the treasures of our city's historic Minster, it's an ideal gift for a visiting loved one. Or treat yourself, and enjoy an extra-special Bettys visit and the chance to really get to know York's most celebrated landmark.
 

Bettys and York Minster vouchers cost £35.00 per person and can be purchased from the Bettys shop or by calling Bettys York on 01904 659142.

 

Special Events at Bettys York
Friday 22 August 7:30 PM An Evening of Classic Swing

A fabulous fun night, with songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more. FULLY BOOKED.

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Tuesday 9 September 12:30 PM L’Occitane Luncheon

The L’Occitane story begins in 1976, founded by Oliver Baussan.

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Tuesday 23 September 12:30 PM Cake Decoration Luncheon

The expert cake decorators from Bettys Craft Bakery demonstrate their skills.

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Tuesday 14 October 12:30 PM Molton Brown Luncheon

The Molton Brown story began in 1973 and to this day the philosophy remains unchanged. FULLY BOOKED.

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Wednesday 15 October 12:30 PM Molton Brown Luncheon

The Molton Brown story began in 1973 and to this day the philosophy remains unchanged.

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Tuesday 21 October 12:30 PM Molton Brown Luncheon

The Molton Brown story began in 1973 and to this day the philosophy remains unchanged.

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Wednesday 22 October 12:30 PM Molton Brown Luncheon

The Molton Brown story began in 1973 and to this day the philosophy remains unchanged.

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Friday 31 October 7:30 PM Spooky Stories

Ghost stories, witchcraft and folk tales from York and Yorkshire, told by candlelight.

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  1. Address:

    6-8 St. Helen's Square
    York
    YO1 8QP

    Telephone:
    +44 (0)1904 659142

  1. Opening Times:

    Our Café & Shop are open every day from 9am to 9pm.
     

    We are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
     

  1. Special Access:  At York there is a step up to the entrance, for which we provide on request a ramp to enable access.The shop and café are at ground floor level and there is a wheelchair lift to the toilet downstairs.