Betty’s Tea Room, York

I’ve always wanted to visit Betty’s in York, UK. A very traditional tea rooms established in 1919, it’s quintessentially British, from the service to the staff attire.

Due to it’s high standard and excellent reputation it gets exceedingly busy. When we went they were queuing out of the door today! Foreseeing this, I pre-booked a table in their Belmont Rooms, on the first floor. We were sat down much quicker, avoiding queuing in the cold.

We were made to feel very welcome; sat on a beautifully laid table. The staff couldn’t be more helpful, so respectful and attentive. We felt very special and well looked after.

I ordered Betty’s Earl Grey Tea. It was so lovely; served in a traditional tea pot with the leaves and a tea strainer – as it should be in my opinion.


We were then presented with an exquisite afternoon tea stand with sandwiches including; coronation chicken, roast ham with a sweet whole grain mustard, egg with cress and prawn. They were extremely tasty, freshly prepared and they were more than willing to bring more if required. I thought about it but looking at the rest of the stand I wanted to make sure I had enough room for the cakes! After all that’s what it is all about the sweet treats. Hehe.


I then sampled the stunning homemade sultana scones with jam and clotted cream – need I say anymore. An absolute pleasure to eat!

Then the highlight (in my opinion) the patisserie cakes.


The fruit tart was particularly good but my ultimate indulgence was the Black Forest macaron with a rich, chocolate cream filling with fresh cherries and an alcoholic kick at the end. Divine.


We had a delightful afternoon, the ambience was fabulous, with a lady playing the piano, it was extremely relaxing. If you’re ever in York you must visit Betty’s, to experience a traditional and friendly food experience. There are not many like Betty’s around these days sadly. We are swamped with franchises setting up coffee shops and cafés, don’t get me wrong I like some of them but feel we should maintain our traditions and heritage in the classic and individual tea rooms of English history and culture. I understand you pay the price but it’s a small price to pay when you receive an excellent service and a day you won’t ever forget for being so lovely!!

Please note Betty’s also sell cakes, bread, souvenirs and gifts which are worth looking at. As well as being a fabulous tea rooms they also sell excellent produce, perfect for a gift or to take home for yourself.

Betty’s Tea Room a must to visit and the perfect way to spend my New Years Eve. Have a lovely evening everyone.

Stephy x x


Coffee and Walnut Cake

I have to admit coffee cake is something I have never made before. Ashamed to admit it; I usually buy a popular supermarket brand. However, as we all know, homemade being best I thought I’d give it a try and it’s a definite favourite. Being a crowd pleaser amongst family and friends. Easy to make but looks quite lavish – a very pretty addiction to any afternoon tea table or just as a good slab of cake anytime of day.

Coffee and Walnut Cake

Coffee and Walnut Cake


Coffee and Walnut Cake


  • 225g (8oz) Butter
  • 225g (8oz) Caster Sugar
  • 225g (8oz) Self Raising Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 4 Eggs
  • 4 level tsp Instant Espresso Coffee dissolved in 2 tbsp Hot Water


For the coffee icing

  • 175g (6oz) Softened Butter
  • 350g (12oz) Icing Sugar
  • 4 level tsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tbsp boiling water
  • 50g Walnuts, to decorate



Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/350F/315F fan/Gas 4. Grease two 8inch sandwich tins.

Cream the butter and sugar together until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time ensuring they are mixed thoroughly into the mixture. Sift in the flour and baking powder and combine well. Finally add the coffee and water mixture and stir until fully combined.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 25–30 minutes until slightly golden on top. Allow to cool completely before icing.

To make the icing, mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the coffee liquid and combine well. Spread half the icing on the bottom of one of the cakes then sandwich the other cake on too, putting the rest of bathe icing on top. Decorate with walnuts to finish.






A Real Showstopper

A Real Showstopper