Afternoon Tea with Bettys

For nearly 100 years, people have been flocking to Yorkshire to sample the world-famous afternoon tea that Bettys has to offer.

Since 1919 the family business has been providing luxury, but homely, cakes, chocolates and teas from their Harrogate shop. Frederick Belmont was born in Switzerland and as a young man, travelled to England in search of an opportunity to develop his baking skills, finally leading to him opening his own Bettys in Harrogate. 

When Bettys emailed me, inviting me to the first ever London pop-up afternoon tea, I hit respond faster than you could say confectioner. 

The day finally came and I popped down to Anomalous Space to sip champagne and munch the delicious treats that Betty had to offer, along with lots of other lovely bloggers and press. 

After a lovely chat about the Bettys history, and a little lesson in icing, we sat down at each of the five long tables with steaming pots of tea and mini piping bags. We were tasked with piping four fondant fancies, before having them judged! 

I was a tad carried away catching up with my neighbours, but my attempt wasn’t completely awful… ok it wasn’t great! 

The afternoon was filled with bubbles, giggles, pictures and a lot of yummy things. 

Bettys had brought their treats to London, to celebrate their new online shop. Meaning that not only do you not have to go all the way to Yorkshire to sample their bakes, but now you don’t even have to leave your house. Who can resist those beautiful fox brownie cupcakes?! 

We still don’t know who Betty is, or why Bettys is called what it is. But I for one am grateful to her, for inspiring Frederick to start up the company all those years ago. 

Have you been to a Bettys afternoon tea or tried anything from them before? I’m drooling over every cake on the website, all over again! 

Cheers for inviting me Bettys! 

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