Never failing to delight in service and food quality, Betty's is one of a number of exclusive high tea rooms found within the same neighbourhood. A ... More
Betty's Tea Rooms
Never failing to delight in service and food quality, Betty's is one of a number of exclusive high tea rooms found within the same neighbourhood. A genuine treasure in York, this is a popular place for both afternoon tea or an evening meal and you'll find the 20s style dining area, right down to the staff's attire, brings a rather old-time atmosphere. Every evening, between 6pm and 9pm, a pianist plays popular melodies and although there are plenty of seats, the sheer popularity of the place means it is always going to be busy. A selection of teas and coffees are available, as is a large choice of pastries, scones and cakes. These cover all price ranges, from the perfectly reasonable to the very expensive. A full English breakfast costs about £10 and a teapot for one is around £2.50.
We are big fans of cream teas and during our holidays had tired several. However, we had to sample one at Bettys Tea Rooms. Beautiful window and general surroundings, but what a let down on the actual food.......... never have we paid sooo much for sooo little.......... food. Felt very disappointed.
I'm not one to go to really nice restaurants. In fact, I cringe when my wife makes me go. I never to go. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Betty's. My wife, daughter, and I ordered many different dishes. We all tried a little of each. The food was fantastic. The price wasn't that bad either.
Guys who are fuddy duddies like me must go. I enjoyed it. You will too
We called in at Little Betty's Tea Room on a rare day out to York.
My partner had been told to go to said tea room as it was "wonderful" with "lovely teas, coffees and cakes."
After a short wait for a seat, we were sat down in a quiet corner. Unfortunately on a hot June day, the lack of open window aided our discomfort.
After placing our order, we waited about 15 minutes before we received our goods.
The cappucinos were at best lukewarm, the cakes over-priced, dry and one friend's piece even had a hair in it!
The waitress who served us looked miserable-quite so-the 16th century building in which the cafe is situated was somewhat stuffy-and all in all-we left, dismayed.
We were really looking forward to having our lunch in Betty's Tea Room in York, after a 15 minute queue - not too long a wait. My husband and I settled for the afternoon tea consisting of finger sandwiches, a scone and mini cakes and special blend tea for £14.95 each. The bread was not very fresh - quite dry actually and the scones were quite dry also - not freshly made and very run of the mill not what you would expect from a place with this reputation and a price tag of £14.95. We left very disappointed and will not be returning - such a shame as we had waited all weekend to go!
I have been to Betty's 4 times now all of which have been pleasant experiences. The food and service are excellent and whilst we like the fact that it is a mobile phone free atmosphere we feel that people with small children should have their own separate area as our last visit was spoilt by screaming children.
We were in York and "had" to stop at Betty's for a light lunch: tea rooms in Yorkshire are mainly wonderful. We left very disappointed because of the service, food quality, and price. We waited a LONG time for the 2 salads and kid's grilled cheese. The salads were mediocre, lacked taste, and the greens seemed to have come out of a supermarket bag. The grilled cheese was, well, two slices of bread and cheese (�5) - and that was it. We sat upstairs which was nice, but pity the trogs sitting in the gloomy "crypt" downstairs!
Overpriced and trades on its name. Big wait to get in. Look and you'll find much nicer in Yorkshire.
I would recommend Bettys every time for a great place to eat. I have dined at both York and Harrogate and both are faultless. They are very attentive to you during the service and make children feel very comfortable. The food menu is excellent ranging from Swiss Specialities to more traditional food such as Sausages and Mash!!
Don't be put off by the queues they really do move very quickly. If you don't mind sitting downstairs at the York Restaurant then it is well worth a visit - also you may get seated more quickly.
It is excellent value for money and is truly well worth the experience for all of the family - a real treat!!!
I can recommend the fruit pavlova's for dessert!
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