Bettys still has a sweet future despite sad loss of tearoom - The Yorkshire Post says

The sadness which has greeted the announcement by Bettys that it is to close one of its famous Yorkshire tearooms is an indication of how fondly the company is viewed in the county.

The Bettys store in Ilkley

It is shutting the cafe on the upper floor of its ‘Little’ Bettys shop on Stonegate in York in a move that has been put down to its layout challenges rather than being lockdown-related.

Those fearing for the future of the company, which was founded by Frederick Belmont in Harrogate all the way back in 1919, should rest assured. This is not the first time that the company’s portfolio has adapted and adjusted to changing consumer demands and market conditions – it used to have tearooms in Leeds and Bradford before the focus switched to smaller towns in places likes Northallerton and Ilkley.

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As the company continues to move with the times, there can be little doubt it will still be hitting the sweet spot with its loyal Yorkshire customers for generations to come.

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