For the past many years we have made a visit to the UK and always include York, even if just for a day. Last year's visit was just a day trip from London, so we did not have the opportunity to visit Betty's. But this year we stayed our customary two days. The queue at the entrance can seem discouraging, but it moves quickly. Most people want to dine on the main level, but we have always accepted the invitation to be seated more quickly by going downstairs. The room has gorgeous wood panelling. We had the full afternoon tea at £18 per person. Some reviewers say Betty's is too expensive, but I don't think so. Of course there are cheaper teas around, but the ambience here is lovely. The staff have always been gracious. We have never been in York when the first floor Belmont Room is open for tea. This art deco room is beautiful and was inspired by the original Queen Mary ocean liner. A few years ago our waiter told us about the room and took us up so we could see it. I look forward to being able to take tea in those evocative surroundings some day.
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