Just had a delicious brunch for the first time in Bettys. Loved the mirror signatures downstairs. What a piece of history!
In 1936 the founder of Bettys, Frederick Belmont, travelled on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary.
He was so enthralled by the splendour of the ship that he commissioned the Queen Mary's designers and craftsmen to turn a dilapidated furniture store into his most sophisticated branch yet – an elegant café in the land-locked location of St Helen's Square. Today, as you sit in Bettys, surrounded by huge curved windows, elegant wood panelling and ornate mirrors, you can almost imagine yourself aboard a luxury liner.
The art deco elegance of the Queen Mary is particularly evident in our first floor Belmont Room which was inspired by one of the cruise liner's state rooms. Throughout the year we host musical evenings and events here.
A few years after Bettys opened its doors in York war broke out, and Bettys – in particular the basement 'Bettys Bar' – became a favourite haunt of thousands of airmen stationed around York.
'Bettys Mirror', on which many of them engraved their signatures with a diamond pen, remains on display today as a fitting tribute to their bravery.
Delicious food available all day
You'll always find something on our menus to tempt you.
Whether you're looking for a hearty English breakfast, a light bite for lunch or a three-course meal, your day out wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Bettys.
Although we don't take reservations in our café, we do take reservations for Afternoon Tea in the Belmont Room at Bettys York every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm (11:00am on Saturdays).
A silver cake stand brimming with traditional sandwiches, delicious fancies and fresh scones, amounts to a quintessentially English treat you won't forget!
Click here for further details, or to make a reservation, please call 01904 659142.
The Belmont Room – for Private Hire
Bettys York can also provide a wonderful venue for every occasion, including business meetings, birthday parties, cocktail parties and wedding receptions.
Located on the first floor of Bettys York, the Belmont Room brings a true sense of occasion to any event, making it the perfect setting for all kinds of celebration. Birthdays, anniversaries, retirements or any other type of function or private party can be held in a venue that offers both elegance and a warm Bettys welcome.
And if you're planning a business meeting, the location offers both prestige and convenience being at the heart of the city. The Belmont Room can accommodate dinners for up to 75 guests and cocktail parties for up to 90 guests. The room can also be set up as a business boardroom, comfortably sitting up to 18 guests.
Our menus combine flair and creativity with an emphasis on using only the freshest seasonal produce, sourced locally.
We can create bespoke menus, from canapés to four-course dinners, and Bettys classics such as Afternoon Tea.
Enjoy two of York's most delightful experiences with the new Bettys and York Minster voucher.
Each voucher entitles the holder to both a Lady Betty Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Belmont Room and admission to York Minster, including a guided tour.
Combining our most luxurious Afternoon Tea with the treasures of our city's historic Minster, it's an ideal gift for a visiting loved one. Or treat yourself, and enjoy an extra-special Bettys visit and the chance to really get to know York's most celebrated landmark.
Bettys and York Minster vouchers cost £42.50 per person and can be purchased from the Bettys shop or by calling Bettys York on 01904 659142.
6-8 St. Helen's Square
Where we are
+44 (0)1904 659142
We are open Sunday to Friday from:
9:00am to 9:00pm
We are open Saturday from:
8:30am to 9:00pm
We are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
At York there is a step up to the entrance, for which we provide on request a ramp to enable access. The shop and café are at ground floor level and there is a wheelchair lift to the toilet downstairs.
What Our Customer say
Very good scones and lovely tea - a marvellous tea rooms!