Over the last 101 years  Bettys has had to weather a few storms  including two world wars, rationing and the Spanish Flu. Then, as today, our beautiful cakes and treats were a reminder that comfort can be found in small things.








This year there has been lockdowns and tier systems in place and so Betty’s has looked at how their traditions can be kept alive and has recently launched a new order and collect service across all of its six branches in the region.








For many customers afternoon tea at Betty’s is a Christmas tradition and its certainly  in less surreal times a must on the list for visitors to Yorkshire.


Afternoon tea can be traced back to Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford who started taking tea and sandwiches between lunch and dinner in the 1840’s and beginning one of the most delightful traditions imaginable.

Soon she was joined by her friends and by Edwardian times Afternoon Tea, served on the finest china and silverware, had become a byword for elegant socialising.











Afternoon is now a quintessentially English delight and Betty’s have spent 100 years perfecting. People flock to Betty’s to sample their famous afternoon tea, sometimes travelling from the other side of the world for a once in a lifetime visit. It’s not only the exceptional quality of the food that attracts them is the elegance of the surroundings, service and atmosphere.

It’s a great feeling and a sense of occasion when brought to your table is a freshly filled teapot and a gleaming silver cake stand laden with sandwiches, hand made cakes and freshly baked scones from their Craft Bakery, with fruity preserves and Yorkshire clotted cream.







But with restrictions and tiers sadly not everyone can enjoy this treat anymore – or can they? This year Betty’s have come up with an afternoon tea treat box with freshly made cakes and sandwiches, and a scone with jam and clotted cream, everything needed to create a beautiful, dainty, spirit lifting afternoon tea in your own home.









This could be the perfect gift for someone or a great indulgence over the festive season. And it doesn’t stop there. There are other treat boxes designed for local collection including Breakfast and Teatime selection, as well as a host of lovely cakes, bakes and breads that are perfect for sharing.

How’s this for an alternative to Christmas cake?













Currently most of Betty’s café tea room remain open. Ilkley Stonegate café tea roms are closed but the shops are open and the order and collect service is also available.

Simple order on line choose a collection time and pop to your local Bettys to pick up your treats – although its nearly Christmas don’t forget the New Year holiday.

And if you are stuck for ideas here’s just a small selection of our favourite things

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