Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms

Betty's Cafe, Ilkley

Ilkley is one of four towns in Yorkshire that has a 'Bettys Café Tea Rooms'. (The others are in York, Harrogate and Northallerton.) Betty's is a family business dating back to 1919, when a young Swiss confectioner called Frederick Belmont came to England, intending to open a café on the south coast. The story goes that he took the wrong train and ended up in Yorkshire but, liking it, he decided to stay. There is a mystery over who Betty was, with several possible explanations.
Betty's prides itself on its traditional menu and attention to detail. The waitresses all wear uniform with white lace-trimmed aprons. It is THE best place for Afternoon Tea, with a selection of small sandwiches and cakes served on pretty china, and a wide range of unusual and specialist teas to choose from. You can also buy their delicious breads and cakes to take home with you. The Tea Rooms in Ilkley has a very attractive dining room, with the largest marquetry picture ever made - a medieval hunting scene called La Chasse, made in Alsace entirely of unstained wood veneers.
I first went to Betty's Cafe when I was nine years old and I loved it! I've been visiting ever since! I spent my 21st birthday at Betty's Cafe in York with my family in January 2010 where we had sandwiches, tea, champagne. The staff gave me a pink fondant fancy with a candle in it! It was a lovely day!
Betty's Cafe is one of my favourite places to visit for a cake and a warm drink. I find Betty's very comforting! :)

The only time I drink hot chocolate is when I go to Betty's because it tastes so nice!!

I really recommend  Betty's Cafe to everyone! It is a cosy and warm place!  :) xx




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