The Secret of Happiness
“Our treats brighten even the dullest day and are perfect presents for the people you love. We make them because a little deliciousness makes the world a happier place – it’s really no secret at all.” Bettys Est 1919
York, UK May 17, 2017.
It rained all day – the warm rain of the spring season. Everyone we met during our stay in York said that we must visit Bettys for afternoon tea and order The Yorkshire Fat Rascal® known for being plump and fruity.
Bettys Stonegate is situated in medieval Stonegate, one of York’s historically attractive and architecturally varied streets. It is hard to imagine that a mere six feet below the pavement that took us from York Minster, where we had attended Evensong, to Bettys, resides yet another street dating back to Roman times – Via Praetoria
The fresh bakery aroma welcomed us into Bettys tearoom where the soft clatter of teacups and cutlery blended with voices and laughter to create a cozy atmosphere. We were seated at a window table that looked across brick buildings with long-used chimneys to the towers of York Minster.
“Opening day was 17th July, 1919, and now came a time of ‘either or’, ‘sink or swim’.” Frederick in a letter to his sister Ida, 4th February 1921
Bettys history began in 1907 when Fritz Bützer, a young Swiss baker and confectioner, left his home to travel to England, to follow his dream of establishing a business.
“He spent his first night in the waiting room of Bradford station – penniless, jobless and unable to speak a word of English. Little did he know the great future that lay ahead of him and the extraordinary legacy that he would create.” Bettys Timeline
I encourage you to read Fritz Bützer’s extraordinary story: from the Alps to the Dales as you join me at Bettys tearoom for a cuppa of tea and a great conversation.
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