Now, here’s a scene to excite any Bettys fan – all six of our Café Tea Rooms as neighbours in one street. It’s a special illustration drawn for us by Yorkshire artist Emily Sutton to mark our centenary by celebrating the places at the heart of the Bettys story.
We’ve been proud to feature the delightful illustrations of York artist Emily Sutton on Bettys products for several years now and just love how her hand-drawn style complements our love of craft and attention to detail. After she brought our Enchanted Forest theme so beautifully to life last Christmas, this year we asked Emily to depict somewhere just as magical closer to home – our Café Tea Rooms.
As an increasingly popular complement to festive plates of mince pies, you might view stollen as something of an indulgence. Possibly even a slightly wicked one. But the rich, fruity spiced bread has fans in surprisingly holy places. Originating in Germany, the oldest record of stollen being enjoyed as a Christmas treat dates back to Italy in 1545, where church dignitaries tucked in at the ecumenical Council of Trent.
If you think it’s still a little early to be concerning ourselves with Christmas puddings, the news is that we started making them weeks ago, at the height of summer. Back in July, as we do every year, we dug out the recipe for our Classic Christmas Pudding. It’s based on an old Bettys family one belonging to Lesley Wild’s mother, although these days, as with all of our Christmas puddings, we use vegetarian-friendly suet.
You might be forgiven for thinking that an unforgettable Christmas is all about grand spectacles: the turkey, the pudding, the cake, the tree. But here at Bettys, we know that there’s just as much joy to be found in perfecting the little things.