Bettys Centenary

Guild member Lesley Wild, who is the chair of Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate, has contacted us to let us know that Bettys celebrates a rather big birthday in 2019 ‘100 years of delighting customers with delicious handmade cakes, mouth-watering chocolates and aromatic, exclusive coffees and fine teas.
‘The Bettys story began in 1919 when a young Swiss Confectioner, Frederick Belmont, left the Swiss Alps and travelled to England with the dream of creating his own business. The beautiful countryside and sweet clear air of Yorkshire reminded him of his native Switzerland and in 1919 he opened his first Bettys Café Tearooms in the fashionable spa town of Harrogate. The combination of exquisite Swiss confectionery, Yorkshire warmth and hospitality and the elegant surroundings proved an instant success.

‘One hundred years later and Bettys has grown to become a treasured and iconic Yorkshire business, a destination venue known and loved all around the world. Today there are six Bettys, all in Yorkshire, each completely different, with its own very distinct personality and character. Annually around a million people a year visit Bettys Café Tearooms and many more shop online to enjoy Bettys delicious specialities at home.

‘Bettys is still a family business and remains true to Frederick’s principle that everything should be ‘fresh and dainty’. All the hand-made cakes, breads and chocolates are made in the Bettys Craft Bakery in Harrogate.

‘Throughout 2019 Bettys will celebrate this landmark birthday with new products that celebrate their unique heritage and some special centenary events for their customers.’

To discuss feature or interview opportunities; for information about their new range of Centenary products; or to find out more about events taking place in branches across the year, contact Ruth Burke-Kennedy 01423 814 000.