Yorkshire Life Reader Event - Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms in York 75th anniversary
PUBLISHED: 22:15 24 May 2012 | UPDATED: 22:00 19 January 2016
We join the party as Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms in York reaches a landmark birthday Photographs by Andy Bulmer
Readers took a step back in time to help one of Yorkshire’s celebrated family businesses mark a special anniversary. They were guests at Bettys Café Tea Rooms in St Helen’s Square, York, for its 75th birthday tea.
Bettys York opened for business in 1937. Its luxurious décor was inspired by a journey taken by Bettys founder Frederick Belmont on the Queen Mary cruise liner when she made her maiden voyage the previous year.
He was so keen to recreate the liner’s stylish look that he employed its interior designers and fitters to convert the former furniture store into his dream café. The celebration tea was held in the Belmont Room which is considered a true Art Décor treasure with its interior of graceful curves, walnut panelling and fine marquetry.
But before tea was served there was a specially commissioned performance by Lucy Adlington of the History Wardrobe Company, a York-based group specialising in historical presentations. She took her audience back to 1937 in words and in costume recalling landmark events and highlighting the most glamorous of 1930s fashion.
Guests were then invited to choose from a selection of rare and specialty teas before silver cake stands laden with dainty sandwiches, freshly baked miniature scones and delicate handmade cakes were brought to the tables.
Bettys’ teas (and its coffee) are supplied by its sister company Taylors of Harrogate and includes a wide range loose leaf teas from rich and malty Assams to rare green and delicate white teas.