All six Bettys cafés close – but the shops remain open

Bettys on St Helen's Square, York. Photograph: YorkMix
17 Mar 2020 @ 10.55 am

One of York’s most visited cafés is closed.

Bettys has taken the decision to shut all six of its cafés, including its flagship branch on St Helen’s Square, and the tea rooms on Stonegate.

But the shops will stay open for the time being, along with the mail order service. “So do pop by our shops to pick up a treat or place an order online and we’ll deliver to your door. You may not be able to come to our café, but our café can come to you,” the company said.

It added:

  • Although we’re sad to close our cafés, it is absolutely the right thing to do at this time. They’ll stay closed until government advice changes and there’s no longer a need for social distancing.

    In the coming days and weeks we may have to take further steps to do our bit to get everyone through this strange and difficult time.

    Bettys has been around for 100 years, and once this passes we’ll still be here; kettle on, cakes freshly baked, with a smile for all who visit us.