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Seedlings at Schools: the evergreen legacy of Trees for Life

25 August 2017

Sam Gibson's official title is Ethical Projects Officer, but she often refers to herself as 'The Tree Lady'. That's because she manages our Trees for Life projects, keeping alive a commitment to tree planting that goes back to 1990, when Bettys set out to plant 3 million trees around the world. Here, she explores the impact of one of our most recent projects, Seedlings at Schools, as it draws to a close.

​10 secrets to make your visit to Bettys even better

23 August 2017

Photo by @hellomissjordan on Instagram

From tea top-ups to the best seat in the house: we asked the real Bettys experts – the people who have been coming to our Café Tea Rooms for years – to share their insider knowledge and tips.

​Slingsby Gin and Pink Grapefruit Cakes

9 August 2017

These wickedly naughty little loaf cakes are truly made in Yorkshire. They combine the expert baking knowledge of Lisa Bennison, one of our most experienced Cookery School tutors and a Yorkshire lass through and through, with the irresistible flavours of Harrogate’s very own Slingsby Gin. What’s the saying? One for the cake, one for me…

Bettys and Yorkshire: the pressing matter of apple juice

26 July 2017

When I taste Yorkshire Wolds Pressed Apple Juice for the first time, I realise that I’ve never actually tasted apple juice before. Not real apple juice. Smooth, sweet, mellow, moreish – this is a far cry from the tart acid green drink that we’re all accustomed to.

Film: How to make the perfect Yorkshire Pudding

26 July 2017

Celebrate Yorkshire Day with perfect Yorkshire Puddings. Not sure how? Lisa Bennison from has been with Bettys for 32 years and now teaches at our Cookery School. Who better to guide you?

​Five kitchen tricks for savvy cooks

17 July 2017

If you’ve ever joined us on a course at Bettys Cookery School, you’ll know that our food experts are bursting with clever tips to help you make the most delicious food while saving time, money and effort. We asked senior course tutor Lisa Bennison to share a few of her favourite secrets for kitchen success.

Bettys Cookery School - our favourite courses

17 July 2017

Blueberry drop pancakes as taught on our Certificate Course

Our Cookery School Tutors spend their lives taking amateur cooks from ‘how?’ to ‘wow!’, but which are their favourite courses?

​Yorkshire Tea Loaf – brewing up at Bettys

13 July 2017

What better symbol of the delicious partnership between Bettys and our sister company Taylors of Harrogate, than our Yorkshire Tea Loaf, a Bettys favourite for more than 30 years?

Do these take your ​Fondant Fancy?

10 July 2017

No one makes Fondant Fancies quite like Bettys. Under the keen confectioner’s eye of our Swiss founder Frederick Belmont, they were adorned with elaborate designs in royal icing; nearly a century later, they’re still individually iced by our expert bakers. Yet they’re also bang up to date: we’ve decorated them with crowns to celebrate royal jubilees, weddings and babies; bicycles for the Tour de France and white roses for Yorkshire Day.

Fancy That: the grumpy pig

7 July 2017

'The grumpy pig'. Sounds rather like a pub name, doesn't it? But actually we're referring to this fellow, spotted in Bettys Ilkley. How did he come upon his grumpy expression? Was it mischief in our Craft Bakery or simply a delightful accident? We'll never know, but head to Bettys to see if you can find your own grumpy pig. Made from Genoese sponge with vanilla buttercream and covered with marzipan, we can guarantee one thing: you won't feel grumpy after eating one.

​Fat Rascals – the secret behind the smile

6 July 2017

At our Craft Bakery in Harrogate we make around 10,000 of our iconic Yorkshire Fat Rascals every week – that’s more than two million since we launched them in 1983. Whether enjoyed with a cup of tea at our Café Tea Rooms or delivered freshly baked to your door, Fat Rascals are one of our most popular treats.

​Lifting the lid on our Tea Room Blend Tea

2 July 2017

For many of you, a visit to Bettys wouldn’t be complete without a steaming pot of our famous Tea Room Blend tea arriving at your table. But what’s behind that unassuming name? Let’s take a peek under the teapot lid…