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Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms - York

) #47 of 689 Restaurants in York €€ - €€€ Cafe, European, British
6-8 St. Helens Square, York YO1 8QP, England
+44 1904 659142
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Cafe, European, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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6-8 St. Helens Square, York YO1 8QP, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Busy place, Betty's, prepare for a waiting line. The food was excellent, the service first class and friendly. Price are a bit steep, but go for tea and enjoy the experience. I'm rating as 'very good' because there is always room for improvement.

Thank CoolBristol
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a number of the cakes, found all were very delicious and highly recommend tho we found it to be very busy an all seats were taken ( which is a good sign I guess ) tho had to get take out but was worth...More

Thank Manvsfoodie
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have always wanted to visit bettys. There was a small queue to get in but it went down quickly. It is beautiful inside and the staff are very helpful. My husband got a cream tea which was nice. I opted for a slice of...More

Thank metalbot79
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We arrived at the tea room on York just before 12pm and could have gone down to the basement straight away if we wished to be seated, however we stuck out for a ground floor seat with all the associated views and were not disappointed...More

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Cream tea and a glass of wine! What could be better. Perfect place for an afternoon re-energizer and relaxing time. Busy, busy, busy, but we didn't have to wait very long. Everything tasted delightful and what we were too full to finish was packed up...More

Thank Mary P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Firstly, the customer service is immaculate, I was extremely impressed. However, our group did suffer from one flaw. We had booked the Lady Betty's afternoon tea for Thursday at 3pm, yet on arrival were turned away by a rather rude member of staff. One of...More

Thank Pat_Norm
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped in for tea and cakes mid-afternoon in the midst of our sightseeing in York, and this establishment exceeded even the high praise we had heard of it: everything from the decor, the service and of course the delicious fare were outstanding.

Thank WarsawWanderer
Reviewed 3 days ago

I had to go to this tea room, because I read that it was a must visit, while in York. It did not disappoint and I truly enjoyed my meal. It's a very authentic tea room, with very tasty food (you must try the Yorkshire...More

Thank SusanJ1948
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

From Minster pass down the Shambles and join the queue for possibly England's finest cafe. For quicker service go down stairs (no views). There's a special if the day if you cannot choose from wonderful range of snacks, light meals, deserts and drinks of all...More

Thank StaffordSteve49
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had lunch here with my sister, I love it and it is always good quality, I've been numerous times. There is often a queue but it soon goes, it's worth waiting for. The service is extremely good and the food even better.

Thank DurhamAlibali
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I'm wondering when their last order is? I'm visiting there around 8pm, can I have a cream tea?
20 June 2017|
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Response from Martyn A | Reviewed this property |
They are open to 9:00 pm so there is the potential but being the end of the day they may be sold out.
I have never been here before but have always wanted to come! I have noticed there is always a wait outside the door so I was wondering if you can book and get straight in? Thanks
9 June 2017|
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Response from allytabs | Reviewed this property |
You can book Lady Betty's afternoon tea, can be done on line. There have always been queues when we have been until last time when we arrive at around 11.15am on a Sunday morning and went straight in for brunch. If you are... More
Hello,i am confused over the afternoon teas,the afternoon tea with champagne is £39;50,then on the menu afternoon tea with champagne says £26;85,is it more expensive to book,do they charge you more when you pre book afternoon tea?? I am coming to york for the day in december,also can you pre book a table if not having afternnoon tea??? many thanks in advance for your replys.
13 October 2016|
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Response from sjyork |
They have one that is extortionately priced (double the price of the other) where your only extras to downstairs is a pea purree in a short glass and a sliver of pork pie. They have a pianist which is nice but it's just... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6-8 St. Helens Square, York YO1 8QP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  York
  • Phone Number: +44 1904 659142
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