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Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms

  • 6-8 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QP
  • 01904 659142
  • bettys.co.uk/tea-rooms/locations/york
  • Cafes / Bistro / Tea Room, English / French,

Bettys York

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 light bite for lunch or a three-course meal, your day out wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Bettys.

We also offer a traditional afternoon tea – a quintessentially English treat you won’t forget.

Although we don't take reservations in our café, we do take reservations for Afternoon Tea in the Belmont Room at Bettys York every day during the school holidays, usually on 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!

  • Restaurant
  • Special Diet Menus (on request)