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The Secrets of our Café Tea Rooms

26 April 2017

It’s nearly 100 years since the first Bettys opened, and there are things that even the biggest Bettys fan might not know about us. Here are some tales from the archive and recommendations for your next Bettys visit.

Secret sun traps

Our traditional Tea Rooms are known for their cosy atmosphere, but did you know you can also go alfresco at Bettys? This summer try our secret courtyard in Northallerton and our terrace at Harlow Carr, which overlooks the spectacular RHS Harlow Carr gardens.

The secret to queue jumping

Did you know that you can book afternoon tea in Harrogate and York? It’s the ideal way to avoid the queues, especially if you have a celebration planned. Click here to unlock this secret.

A name change in Ilkley

The story of Bettys Ilkley actually starts with C. E. Taylor who, in 1896, opened the Kiosk Café in the building that Bettys still occupies today. The Kiosk Café provided teas and freshly roasted coffees along with light refreshments. When Taylors was acquired by Bettys in 1962, the Kiosk Café was refurbished and reopened as a Bettys tea room two years later.

The hidden gem

Bettys Stonegate is our hidden gem. A quaint, cheerful Tea Room just a few steps from the famous Bettys on St Helen’s Square but with a character all of its own. Regulars would prefer that we didn’t tell you about it – they treasure their secret Bettys – so let’s just keep it between us, shall we?


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