Wee Betty’s Cafe
is a definitely a one-of-a-kind in Central Arkansas. Located just off U.S.-67/167 in Jacksonville, the cafe opened about nine months ago serving up homemade, authentic British cuisine and tailoring to British expats with a small shop full of foodstuffs not found anywhere else locally.
My husband, who is from England, and I recently visited Wee Betty’s on a Saturday morning, looking for savory pastries and the Full Irish Breakfast that we had scoped out on the menu on their Facebook page
Only served on Saturday (10 a.m.-noon) and Sunday (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), the Full Irish Breakfast includes bangers (sausages), bacon, eggs, potato scone, black and white pudding, Heinz baked beans, buttered toast and tea or coffee. Tons of food for only $9.50.
The breakfast definitely made the 20 or so minute drive to Jacksonville well worth it, as my husband happily doused his breakfast in HP Sauce and devoured it, graciously allowing me a bite or two. We determined that it was nearly the same as a full “English” breakfast, except there were no tomatoes or mushrooms. There were no complaints about inauthenticity or Americanized items, which is what usually happens when he orders full English Breakfasts at other local spots.
I ordered the pastries (which we shared) to round out our breakfast, and we found them to be just like you’d find all over the U.K. The sausage roll had nice, flaky pastry wrapped around loose sausage meat, and I ordered mine with Heinz baked beans for only $3.75.
The Cornish Pastie ($4.50) was our other choice. This is a traditional pie with potatoes and beef or lamb, with a little bit of gravy, stuffed in pastry. It is definitely one of my favorite British foods, and Wee Betty’s version was delicious.
There are several other menu items that we had our eyes on, namely the Fish and Chips. But, this British staple is only available 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays, and we were too early. We’ll definitely go back to try that.
Scones, Scotch pie, Shepherd’s pie and trifle are just a few other menu items at Wee Betty’s.
On the retail side, Wee Betty’s sells an array of British candy, chips (the Brits call them crisps) and frozen pies, pasties and black pudding not found anywhere else in Central Arkansas. We came home with an impressive haul. We have brought bags full of these very items back from trips to England and paid exorbitant shipping costs to order this stuff online, so we’re thrilled to have a new go-to spot when we get a hankering for a Cadbury’s Twirl or bag of Hula Hoops.
Wee Betty’s Cafe is located at 1336 John Harden Drive in Jacksonville (501-765-3531). Check out their Facebook page to stay-up-to-date on what they have in stock.