British Travel Journal
2 BEST BETTYS TEA ROOM
Bettys occupies a prominent position in Helen's Square, York and on the corner of Parliament Street and Montpellier Parade in Harrogate. It also occupies a special place in the heart of Yorkshire people. This small chain of elegant cafes was begun in 1919 by a Swiss confectioner called Frederic Belmont who arrived in Harrogate speaking very little English. At the time this spa-town was a goldmine thanks to wealthy visitors seeking to drink it restorative waters. (To modern sensibilities the sulphurous waters of Harrogate are far too pungent to support a tourism industry!). Belmont's business prospered, later merging with the famous coffee-makers, Taylors of Harrogate. Today there are six Bettys across Yorkshire and the company is still owned by Frederic Belmont's descendants. The Lady Betty Afternoon Tea presented on a three-tier cake stand is the signature dish of these tea rooms but also popular are Bettys Champagne Truffles, Yorkshire “Fat Rascal” Scones, Lemon and Lime Cake and the Bettys Bread Box.