We were very lucky in York, UK. Ruth & I were there for Betty’s 100th birthday celebration. Betty’s is an old-fashioned tearoom.
In 1919 an orphaned Swiss man named Frederick Belmont realized a lifelong dream by opening his own cafe/tearoom in York. It has been at the same location at #1 Parliament Street for 100 years. Frederick sold Alpine pastries and chocolate delights until Betty bought him out in 1962. Music has always accompanied whatever has been ordered. The interior of this tearoom has changed little since 1919, and Frederick and Betty both offered an extensive assortment of teas at all times. Formal afternoon teas, however, at Betty’s are now only available on weekends. Both owners were dedicated to searching the world for the best teas and coffees to serve in this formal Yorkshire tearoom.
In this shop’s 100th year, it offered its famous Tea Room Blend but added a new Centenary Blend Loose Tea. Ruth and I wandered by Betty’s several times that day–Friday, May 31st, 2019–but there was always a line out the door and down the street, so we never made it inside on Betty’s actual birthday to sample its food and drink. Betty’s closed at 3:30 that day to treat the staff to a birthday party. We had to wait until we got to Broadway to have our British tearoom experience at Tisanes. It was worth the wait., and the fruit pastry was scrumptious. I hope this tea with a sweet treat tradition never fades away.