Our local Bettys is a place I love to frequent; their cakes and breads are simply divine and I’m always popping in to buy niceties for clients. Synonymous with quality, prestige and all things rather splendid, it’s a taste of days gone by and a bit of a Yorkshire institution… a reliable jewel in the ‘White Rose’ crown (so to speak). When friends or family visit from ‘down South’ or abroad it’s the kind of place you take them to, just for the experience!
Recently, Bettys, Ilkley has undergone a bit of a revamp – I popped in to see what they’d done with the place.
Gone is the dark, heavy wood and ‘in’ is a lighter, fresh ambiance which still keeps in tact, all we think of as ‘BETTYS’. The Ilkley store is now instantly recognisable as on par with the Bettys at Harlow Carr, and I understand all the other five sites in Yorkshire have either been revamped or will be following suit in the coming months. The refit has been undertaken by Thompsons of York. Sustainably-sourced oak, cast bronze fittings and marble counter tops give the place a feeling of solidarity and fine craft.
Whereas the coffee and tea counter felt off-limits before, you can now get up close to the goods, touch the beans and try before you buy in a new tasting area.
Another new feature is a chocolate counter offering a selection of 20 varieties of handcrafted chocolates, available to buy loose for the first time. The shop also offers a wedding and celebration cake consultation service.
It’s great to see Bettys investing in their next season… it is one of the ‘irreplaceable’s on The Grove in Ilkley and I hope they’ll be with us for many more years to come. Fat Rascal anyone?