1920s – 30s

The combination of continental confectionery, Yorkshire hospitality and elegant interiors proved irresistible.

Bettys was an instant success and Frederick was soon able to boast ‘Under Royal and Distinguished Patronage’ on his letterhead.

A year after opening, the Harrogate tea room expanded into the next-door premises and in 1922 Frederick opened a purpose-built bakery. Over the next two decades more branches opened including a flagship branch in York modelled on the magnificent Queen Mary cruise liner.

Hand-coloured menu, c.1925

To Harrogate residents and visitors from far afield “Betty’s” is a household word, standing for all that is dainty, comfortable and fashionable in a café

Yorkshire Post
10th December 1926

I bet if you went into Bettys and asked for a bun they’d send for the police!

Yorkshire Post
10th December 1932

Chocolate box, c.1930s
Chocolate box, c.1930s
Staff working in the bakery, c. late 1920s

There must be few who have not succumbed at some time to the cheerful invitation of Betty’s soft amber and rose lights

Yorkshire Post
12th December 1926