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Our Heritage

Our Heritage

It all begins with this man, Frederick Belmont, a Swiss confectioner, baker and chocolatier who comes to England to seek his fortune. He boards a train on the south coast and mistakenly travels to Yorkshire. The rest, as they say, is history. Our history.


Bettys Opens

Lady Betty

1920s

Lady Betty

Lady Betty first appeared in the 1920s as the flirty cover girl of confections for Bettys. Peppermint creams were part of the chocolate offering at the time. They remain one of our most popular chocolate flavours.



Afternoon Tea

Bettys York

1937

Bettys York

Bettys in York opens. The interior is inspired by the rooms on the Queen Mary liner – Frederick and his wife Claire had been on the Maiden Voyage the previous year.


Bettys and Taylors

Bettys Grows

1964-2004

Bettys Café Tea Rooms

Following Frederick Belmont’s death in 1952 the first new Bettys Café Tea Rooms opens in Ilkley, followed by Northallerton in 1971 and Harlow Carr in 2004 – Bettys Café Tea Rooms are now present in Harrogate, York, Ilkley and Northallerton.


Fat Rascals

In the 1960s a Bettys espresso bar opens on Street Lane but the staff struggle to cope with the antics of the mods and rockers who frequent it, and it closes.


Bettys Craft Bakery

2000

Bettys Craft Bakery

Frederick Belmont’s nephew, Victor Wild, cuts the ribbon to open the new Bettys Craft Bakery, just a stone’s throw from the first Bettys bakery which opened in 1922.


Cookery School

Lady Betty Afternoon Tea

2015

Lady Betty Afternoon Tea

Lady Betty returns, this time as the host of her very own Afternoon Tea. Customers can book ahead for this truly luxurious experience to tick ‘Afternoon Tea at Bettys’ off their wish list.