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Fancy That: batty about Halloween

17 October 2017

If Bettys is your favourite haunt, hop on your broomstick and fly to us quick because we have some frightfully delicious Halloween treats to tempt you.

Bettys chocolates - which is your favourite flavour?

12 October 2017

Our chocolates are presented in luxurious keepsake boxes with decorative patterns by York artist Emily Sutton. The only thing more perfect than what's on the outside, is what's on the inside.

Peek in our Halloween windows - but don't have nightmares

9 October 2017

Crafty ghouls have been busy at work turning Bettys windows into worlds of spooky frights. The centrepieces are creepy Halloween castles, inhabited by wizards, witches and cackling skeletons. Believe it or not, they're crafted by the conjurers in our cake decoration room. In their hands a piping bag is a magic wand.

The mouth-watering flavours of Bettys Chutneys & Preserves

3 October 2017

Our love of chutneys and preserves stems from our obsession with ingredients and flavour. We delight in the opportunity to share tastebud-tingling combinations of fruit, spice and vegetable, and we’re proud to be able to champion traditional British produce such as damson, pear and Victoria plum.

The apple of our eye

27 September 2017

Hand coloured photograph from the 1930s

Our Marzipan & Sponge Apples are real favourite at this time of year. We think it’s the fact that they’re so strikingly realistic. Surely most would agree that they’re one of your five a day?

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Fancy That: a wise choice

21 September 2017

21 Sep 2017 09:17:48

In Greek mythology Athena, the goddess of wisdom, was traditionally accompanied by an owl. This is one of several reasons why owls are considered clever sorts. Our Owl Cupcake Brownie pays a chocolatey tribute to this wise old bird.

What makes a Bettys Christmas pudding so special?

21 September 2017

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.

Where's Wally? He's gone to Bettys!

19 September 2017

Ilkley Literature Festival is celebrating 30 years of looking for Wally by hiding the lovable, and elusive, children's character in shop windows across the town. It's free to take part, simply collect your instructions, map and an entry form at the Grove Bookshop.

Magical treats on the menu and in the shops

7 September 2017

Leek & Emmental TortelloniThere are a host of new flavours and seasonal treats to be found at Bettys this autumn. Enjoy tempting specialities in our Café Tea Rooms, or take home your favourite goodies from our shops.

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A Magical Treat Awaits

6 September 2017

Owl Cupcake Brownies

There’s no denying it: autumn is peeking around the corner, heralding a more crisp and colourful world. With senses sharpened, it’s time to relish rich flavours and tantalising aromas, or to indulge yourself with treats only found at this time of year. So dig out your favourite jumper and prepare to dive into our leaf-pile of magical treats.

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Event: Afternoon tea with bestselling author Kate Atkinson

30 August 2017

We are delighted to welcome York-born author Kate Atkinson to Bettys for her only event of the year. Fond mentions of the city, and Bettys, have appeared in many of her bestselling novels, from her award-winning debut Behind the Scenes at the Museum to the most recent A God in Ruins.

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Event: Dinner with author David Wilbourne

30 August 2017

1 Sep 2017 12:21:16

As part of Ilkley Literature Festival, Bettys Ilkley is proud to be hosting a reading and two course supper with author and cleric David Wilbourne, who'll be discussing his charming new book Shepherd of Another Flock.

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