Bettys York

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Bettys York
Courtesy of Bettys York

The iconic Bettys Tea Room has been a symbol of Yorkshire pride since 1919 when Swiss orphan Frederick founded the business. Now the fifth generation of the family maintains a chain of elegant, sophisticated tea rooms across Yorkshire, of which the Bettys York branch is perhaps the finest. Visitors experience tasteful décor and a delightful atmosphere as they sample the teas, coffees and food. It’s one of the solid classic York destinations, ideal for visiting families and perhaps that anniversary treat.

There are at least thirteen varieties of tea, ranging from Earl Grey to Pi Lo Chun, as well as a suite of coffees from Jamaica to Peru. If in search of something more substantial, you can get a full English breakfast, a range of Swiss Rösti (delicious fried onion, potato, and apple bites), plus sandwiches and lighter items. Confectionaries, for which Bettys is rightly famous, include mince pies, chocolate eclairs, and Yorkshire Fat Rascal scones. A nice cuppa, and warm butter melting on a scone – this is the life.

Nearby, you’ll find the charming Christmas Market for fancy gifts, and you can also get down on to the banks of the Ouse for a relaxing walk through the city. Families with children intent on visiting the York Dungeon or the Jorvik Viking Experience might find Bettys York a nice counterbalance to these terrifying attractions.

Whilst it would be a shame to miss out on the decorous tea-room environment, you can also get everything by delivery, allowing you to be classy at home or in your hotel for a quiet day or evening in.

6-8 St. Helen's SquareYorkYO1 8QP View map
Telephone: 01904659142 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Monday9:00am - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday9:00am - 5:30pm
  • Wednesday9:00am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday9:00am - 5:30pm
  • Friday9:00am - 5:30pm
  • Saturday8:30am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday9:00am - 5:30pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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