Tuesday, 9 December 2014

What's Inside a Beatons?

Curious? All these you will find...

High Tea, scones and gorgeous cake,
Bowls of soup or stew
Fine coffee, lots of loose-leaf teas
Our house blend -
Beatons Brew
Come in for breakfast, lunch or tea
And lovely things on toast
Which of our daily specials
All home made will
You like most?

 Fresh restorative food and drink
And books to feed the mind
With titles chosen to delight
All these you will find...

                                                                                                           ... inside

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Sparkles and a Full House at Beatons Blandford Launch!

MD Patrick welcomes & thanks everyone
The Dress Code said 'a touch of sparkle' and Blandford could have started a fourth great fire with the glints of diamonds and bling on Friday night!

We'll be creating some day-time sparkle on Saturday 13th December from 10 to 10.30 am and the chance to sample some of our signature Carrot Cake as well as hear the two winning poems from our 2nd Annual Poetry Competition... oh and a warning about what happens if you eat too much cake, Dorset's most famous vet signing copies of her book and a few tips about loose leaf tea!

In the meantime, here are a few pics from our Launch Soirée and Awards Ceremony. Thanks from Patrick and all the team here, to the guests who came and indulged, and gave us such a lovely welcome and to everyone who has been involved in the project. Especially the TNT man who delivered our new oven (with only hours before fresh miniature scones and hot canapés were due to be served!)...

Sparkling crowd at Beatons Blandford Launch Party

There's so much to tell, but you know, sometimes it's best to keep your own memories and just allow the pictures to convey what they will of the atmosphere.

We have stacks of photos of smiling faces holding glasses of sparkle, looking elegant and relaxed. Many of them have gone off to the local press and who knows, some may even grace the 'Society' pages of some of our local glossies...

The music from Sorrentino was beautiful and we managed to quieten the clinking of glasses and social chatter to nothing so we could all enjoy a medley of pieces from 'My Fair Lady' (Cecil Beaton designed the costumes for the 1964 film).

Regrets? Only that I didn't book a professional photographer to take better pictures (lesson for next ime)... And that I didn't take one of Beatons Blandford Manager Ben and his kitchen staff's amazing food - the talk of twitter - or our newly trained Front of House team navigating through the crowds with them! But here's a weary but proud Ben and our youngest investor in Beatons Blandford - Tisbury cook Harry Mcgookin - basking in the success of the evening as it drew to a close.

Winning Poems from Our 2014 Poetry Competition

David Bamber reads his winning poem
So here they are! The three winning entries on the theme of 'Restoration' - which we encouraged poets to interpret loosely (and they did!)  Sadly, we only had half the entries we did last year (limiting entries to the UK and running the competition later in the year may have been a contributory factor).

At a splendid Launch Soirée and Awards Ceremony on Friday 5th December at Beatons Blandford David Bamber had the thrill of receiving his award from internationally acclaimed poet, travel writer and Blandford Forum resident Paul Hyland.

Hear the poem on Saturday 13th Dec from 10 to 10.30 am
at Beatons Blandford  2 Market Place

David Bamber's winning entry (adults) tells the Blandford based story of its Great Fire - throbbing with rhythm and rhyme.

David spent many hours researching and crafting his entry.

Judges said, 'This is a great description of Blandford's fire. Relevant, well written with a natural flow. Good metre.' 'A strong narrative and a well handled 'arc', I like the personification of the fire and the water and felt the conflict very effective'.

The runner up in the competition was Russ Berry of Coventry for his poem 'To the Blackthorn' (scroll to end to read) and we added an extra 'Highly Commended' prize and certificate to London's Charles Evans whose poem 'Restoration' vividly described a 'restorative experience' at bath time... slightly too adult for our website unfortunately!

Anna Wilson is the seventeen year old who entered our 'Young Aspiring Wordsmiths Category'. We're not going to hide the fact that she was the only one who entered. That alone makes her a winner in our eyes, although our judges looked critically at her entry before deciding to award her the prize.

Anna's entry 'The Returned Timepiece' is clearly influenced by the focus on the war in this Centenary period of WW1 and has a rich sense of nostalgia about it.

You can hear Anna's poem being read at our Free Open House on Saturday morning, 13th December 10 - 10.30

Judges said, 'Very relevant in this year... very emotive and well thought out.' 'A promising reflective poem.'

Runner up, Russ Berry wrote 'To the Blackthorn', reminding us of the nature poetry of John Clare and shifts the sense of Restoration to the seasons. Russ couldn't get down from Coventry to the launch but can't wait to get down to Beatons to use up his voucher!

Paul Hyland read the poem on Russ's behalf.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

A Restorative Experience at Beatons Blandford Forum

As Manager of Beatons Tearoom and Bookshop Blandford Forum I'm delighted to welcome you to our online 'home'. We're open seven days a week at Greyhound House in the heart of the Market Place. In keeping with this restoration town, we most enjoy providing a 'restorative experience' to the local Dorset community.

Our house blend of loose-leaf tea is the reviving 'Beatons Brew'. Why not pop in and have a pot, with a large slice of our signature carrot cake?

Yes, we also have free wi-fi and the morning paper, along with 'browsing books' to dip into. We're very proud to have become part of the 'busy Blandford' community and are incredibly grateful to the support of local businesses, the fantastic local press and our still growing body of regular customers (they know who they are!)

Grand Monsieur - for those who serve
Blandford Forum has some real treasures up its sleeves.  Of particular interest is Blandford Fashion Museum - a tardis-like building packed full of costumes and designer clothes and accessories. There's a thriving Public Library which hosts three writing groups and two 'Chatterbox' groups - all of which use poetry. We've also delighted to welcome our new neighbours 4ever Vintage next door.

Dorset is a very literary county too, as you'll see from our Dorset Authors page. And of course, Blandford has very strong links with the army - it's home to The Signals Regiment. We extend a special welcome to the residents - permanent and temporary - of Blandford Camp and even created our hearty Grand Monsieur in their honour!
Ben  Moxham,  Manager
at Beatons Blandford Welcomes You

As a 'Blandford Boy' I'm really proud to represent Beatons in the town. Sharing what we're about is fine, but I'd much rather you book in or come in for one of our amazingly restorative Afternoon High Teas and experienced us 'for real'! 

P.S. Want to hear about events via social media? Follow @BeatonsDorset! Our central team @beatonstearooms largely tweet on our behalf while we're busy engaging live! They'd love to add you to our #dorsetengagingtweeps or #dorsetliterary lists too!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Beatons Bod: Tea-Loving Liz Darcy Jones 'Beatons Central'

Liz Darcy Jones - 1st Annual Poetry Competition 2013
Since Liz has just taken on the role of Director of Engagement here at what we call ‘Beatons Central’ (our name for HQ) I thought I’d turn the tables and ask her to be our Beatons Bod for December.

So here goes…
Patrick Duffy

1. Who are you and what do you like best about your job?
Well, if you’re reading this you probably know that I’m already House Poet, and look after the twitter and blogging side of things as well. However, my expanded role of ‘Director of Engagement’ involves forging and developing relationships outside Beatons itself (where Patrick, the franchisees and their teams do a grand job).

What I love is that I’m encouraged to do this in the unique ‘Beatons’ way – mirroring what we do inside the tearooms but online, or offline. I'm getting quite good at serving up virtual loose leaf tea on twitter - we're @beatonstearooms! I love almost everything about my job because it uses my creative, strategic and communications skills to the full (and often extends them!) It also means I get to travel as part of my job is getting to know the people and unique characteristics of each place wherever we open a new franchise…

2.  And how about your favourite book from our shelves?
This is terribly difficult because I eat books for breakfast! However, I’m going to mention the book I’m currently reading to review – ‘In Praise of Bees’ by Elizabeth Birchall (£30 hardback – Quiller). It’s impossible to categorise – enlightening, practical, poetic, culturally rich and best of all incredibly readable. Beautifully illustrated too. A book to delight every nature, art, literature or history lover. Perfect for the gentleman or lady ‘who has everything’.

      3. What's your favourite edible or drinkable from our menu? It shouldn’t be, but it has to be the cream tea. The scones are so huge and light, they’re irresistible any time of year! As for drinkable? Has to be tea, given that I’m still in the process of relinquishing my role as ‘Britain’s Tea Poet’ and since we’re so busy with launching Beatons Blandford Forum currently it's the new robust ‘Beatons Brew’ - very restorative. 

      4. Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means most to you and why? Its perhaps unsurprising that almost every Beatons Bod I've interviewed so far has said ‘gracious hospitality’. But for me it has to be elegance (not that I’m that elegant myself!) However, it slows me down to be in elegant surroundings – and that definitely makes me work better. I only wish there was a Beatons nearer me (I work out of my Poet's Retreat in Herefordshire or in Surrey most of the time). However, I don't think I'll have to wait too long...

5. Over the next year what's the most exciting project in your life - at work or personally? Outside of Beatons I’m enjoying having a break from writing as I’ve just started training as a Biodanza Facilitator with The London School of Biodanza. Biodanza is a form of dance and music that is restorative, liberating and puts you back in touch with yourself and others in a way that's tender, honest... and joy-full. Recommend it unreservedly.

      6. Can you share a practical tip for our online audience? Never let your water boil fully when you make green tea, otherwise it will taste bitter because you will have scalded it! Pour it when the water’s making tiny bubbles – ‘shrimp eyes’ – and your green (or white) tea will be sweet.

      7, Lastly, what are you most looking forward to in terms of Beatons' events or future plans? Our first launch in a City – Chester – next year will be a real milestone, but I think the Blandford launch is quite exciting enough right now!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

News: Restoration but not yet elegance!

Entries are trickling in to our 'restoration' themed poetry competition. And down in Blandford builders, carpenters and painters are full throttle in their restoration project, racing towards Beatons Blandford opening one day next week.

Not quite ready for china cups, just lots of Beatons Brew!
As you can see from some of our behind the scenes shots, there's still a wee way to go!

At this point I'm going to invoke and change a saying, 'The devil's in the detail.'  

The devil is not in the detail, 'The Deity's in the detail'! Surely? 

Let's change it for the better and hand the detail over to a benevolent being... 'word are pockets of power'.

And talking of detail, we hope you'll enjoy admiring the beautiful old safe barred door when you come in. We're learning more and more about the history of the building (thank you Nicci Brown of Forum Focus and the Civic Society). Did you know that a 'puller of teeth' shared the building with the National Provincial Bank at one point? Fortunately we haven't unearthed any old teeth!

Another lovely story is that the Greyhound has some literary roots. Edward Gibbon (historian of the
There will be light! Painting has started...
Roman Empire), visited it and sat reading Greek and Latin classics (our reading is slightly more light and sparkling!) and Irish playwright John O'Keefe spent a night there with his three children. 

I think there's some food for poets scratching their heads for restoration inspiration here, and we look forward to welcoming you to our Open House on Saturday 13th December at 10 am when you'll be able to hear the winning poems.

In the meantime, remember, 'The Deity's in the detail!' 

Could be useful in the run up to Christmas...

Monday, 24 November 2014

Calling animal lovers, tea-lovers and poets! Open House at Beatons Blandford Forum!

The date:  Saturday 13th December

The time:  10 am for about half an hour

Where:      Our new not-yet-opened Beatons at No 2 The Market Place, Blandford Forum 

And the event?  The first public recital of the winning poems from our 2nd National Poetry Competition AND Dorset author Anna Birch will be signing copies of her hugely popular book 'Call the Vet' in case you're thinking what a good Christmas present it might make...

Cost? Free - first come, first seated. Hosted by House Poet, Liz Darcy Jones, in her last event as 'Britain's Tea Poet' (so tea-lovers might pick up a few tea tips too).

Diarise a short 'restorative experience' into your Christmas Shopping Saturday and come and join us!


Monday, 27 October 2014

Beatons Annual Poetry Competition 2014 - Blandford Inspired!

Hot Press! Deadline extended to 9 pm Friday 28th November

Winners will have their prizes awarded by
Internationally Acclaimed Paul Hyland
(former judge of The Bridport Prize and National Poetry Competition)

Beatons Tearooms Poetry Competitions aim to encourage those who may not have considered writing poetry before (as well as established poets) to spend more time writing with a cup or mug of tea at their side. In the process, they may discover the shared attributes that tea and poetry have to inspire, touch and sustain.  The winner will receive a Beatons Voucher worth £50 and have their poem framed and displayed at Beatons Blandford (opening December). The runner up will receive a £25 Beatons Voucher and a copy of Stephen Fry's 'The Ode Less Travelled'.

New! This year a special award will be made to a 'Young Aspiring Wordsmith'. This is open to those aged between 13 and 17 to encourage creative writing for pleasure. The winner will receive a £25 Beatons voucher and their poem will be framed and displayed at Beatons Blandford and the runner up will receive a £10 Beatons voucher. Entry in 2014 is free.

All prize winners will be invited to the invitation only launch event (date to be confirmed) at which they will be presented with their prizes and certificates. They will also be invited to recite their poems publicly at Beatons Blandford 'Open House' on Saturday, 13th December at 10 am.

The Theme for 2014 is 'Restoration' (inspired by the thrice fire-ravaged town of Blandford Forum and its ability to rebuild itself and its community on at least three occasions). The theme may be interpreted as loosely as the entrant wishes.

A full copy of the Rules appears below. You can also request an e-mail copy of them by e-mailing competitions@beatonstearooms.co.uk Please note: The 'competitions' e-mail is for enquiries only!

E-mail entries should be sent - with information as set out in the rules below - to:
elizabeth@beatonstearooms.co.uk with 'Poetry Competition' in the subject line.

Postal entries should be marked 'Poetry Competition' and sent or hand delivered to arrive no later than Thursday 27th November at:  Beatons Tearooms and Bookshop, The Square, Tisbury, Wilts. , SP3 6JP

Beatons Annual Poetry Competition - 2014 Rules

1.      The competition is open to anyone in the United Kingdom aged 13 (on 1st November 2014) or over. If you wish to be considered for the 'Young Aspiring Wordsmith' award please mark your entry with the month and year of your birth - if you are over 17 years of age on 1st November 2014 you are deemed to be an adult and are not eligible for this award.

2.      Poems must be original, unpublished, not currently submitted elsewhere, and must not have won any other prize.

3.    Poems should be typed and must not exceed 40 lines. Poems must be in English and restricted to the 2014 theme which is: 'Restoration'.

4.       Only one poem per person is permitted.

5.    No entry form is required, but all e-mail and paper entries must include (in BLOCK LETTERS if handwritten) your name, address, email address (if you have one) and both day and evening telephone number, along with the title of the poem submitted.

6.      Receipt of your entry to the competition will not be acknowledged.

7.      The winners will be announced on Friday 5th December at Beatons Tearooms and Bookshop Blandford Forum. The winning poem and names of the winners up will be published on Beatons Blog at www.beatonstearooms.co.uk on Saturday 6th December.

8.      Do not send your only copy of your work, as we cannot return poems after the competition, nor can be held responsible for the loss of your poems. No amendments can be made to poems once submitted.

9.      For 2014 there is no entry fee.

10.   The closing date is midnight Thursday 27th November and no entries will be accepted after this date.

11.    The winners and runners up will be notified by telephone and e-mail on Tuesday 2nd December. Winners will be publicly announced on 5th December. Winners and runners up will be invited to the private launch party at which their prizes and certificates will be presented (date to be announced). They will also be invited to recite their poems at Beatons Blandford Open House on Saturday 13th December at 10 am. If winners or runners up are unable to attend or prefer not to read at either event they may nominate a friend or Beatons' House Poet to read their poem in their absence or stead.

12.   Copyright remains with the authors, but Beatons Tearoom and Bookshop reserves the right to publish the winning poems (both in print form and online).

13.   Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these conditions of entry on submission of their poems.

14.  The decision of the judges shall be final and binding upon the participants entering this competition.

Note: The adjudicators of the competition will be: House Poet Elizabeth Darcy Jones; Jon Amos, a Tisbury Poet and former Postmaster with a love of rhyme and language (Young Aspiring Wordsmith Award); and Nick Kelly, Head of English at Bryanston (Adult entries). Elizabeth is a best-selling author known for her 'Tea Poetry' and is passionate about serving 'small sips' of verse outside of usual literary circles. She particularly appreciates work which is accessible and demonstrates an ear for rhythm.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Beatons Bod: Booklover Janette at Tisbury

Adding some Canadian Cheer to Beatons' Tisbury
Janette is a part-time professional front of house member of the team who has recently joined Tisbury… and we’re delighted she’s a real bookworm too!

1. What led Janette to Beatons and what does she like most about her job?
I was attracted by Beatons’ surroundings and the welcoming invitation as soon as you enter the shop. Its service, and all done with a smile, plus a good hot strong cup of coffee. What I like best about my job, are all the different people I get to meet.

2. What's your favourite edible or drinkable from our menu?
Favourite eats and drinks? A hot and strong latte, with a slice of one of the lovely cakes offered.

3. Over the next year what's the most exciting project in your life - at work or personally?
My project at the moment is helping out my family as my sister and husband are building a new home in Hindon, with an annex for my Mum. We are all bunking in together with three dogs right now while my sister’s husband builds the home, all by himself! I am new to Tisbury just arriving from Vancouver Canada, to help with family and start a new life for myself. My job with Beatons is part of my new journey. I used to work in the health industry, but have retired from that industry. I am enjoying something different, with a new challenge.

4. Favourite book from our shelves?
"Call The Vet" by Anna Birch [Janette is not alone, this ‘novel’ by a vet charts her local adventures  - Anna has been described as a modern day ‘Herriot’ and the book is fast turning into a best seller. Ed.]

5. Can you share a practical tip for our online audience? It can be about anything i.e. cooking, sewing, cleaning or motorbike maintenance...
My tip would be to always keep learning and never sit still for too long!
6. Lastly, what are you most looking forward to in terms of Beatons' events or future plans?
I have to say it is pretty exciting to see one opening up in Blandford, and that it is franchising. I like to see freshness and forward momentum. 


Monday, 6 October 2014

Integri-tea: what gives us ours...

Patrick Duffy ~ Beatons' Founder & MD
It's the start of new term! Since you may well find a branch or franchise in a town near you soon, Liz Darcy Jones - our House Poet who usually looks after our blog posts - has persuaded me to share the platform on which we founded the business... 

What is it that makes Beatons tick?

In one word: integrity. But there's a bit more to it than that!

We don't believe in 'PR' in the usual sense. We believe that whatever activity we're engaged in - even in the media and online - it should embody or reflect our beliefs and values. It's why we don't do 'BOGOFS' - even the word sounds inelegant! We've mentioned the three core qualities we aspire to deliver, and the way in which we try to do so in a post already (and in our tweets) but we've not shared the platform or roots from which they emerged yet.

Well, here they are!

If they get your vote, feel free to quote them, tweet them, adopt them as your own or share with us how they align with your own enterprise or organization's 'platform'...

Beatons' Founding Platform

·         That giving people personal attention/service which is restorative and is generous in value enriches British society with something precious to the economy

·         That valuing the individual - whether supplier, franchisee, customer or any other stakeholder - is necessary for people to feel heard and nourished - it gives Beatons its integrity

·         That to convey what you are you don't need other brands cluttering up your space - Beatons carries no other branding and likes it like that

·         That life is usually better live and offline with as many senses as possible involved - so Beatons involves itself with local community life

·         That books and tea go together like scones and jam - and are best when they refresh, stimulate and are enjoyed in an elegant environment

·         That developing the attributes and skills Beatons demands of franchisees and staff alike is the single most important factor in creating personal and business success for each person, and therefore the group as a whole

·         That discipline, process and clarity are key to delivering with confidence, calm and ease.

Looking forward to serving you soon.

Patrick Duffy, M.D.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Literature: Celebrating National Poetry Day 2014

Last Year's Annual Poetry Competition Awards at Tisbury
Our 2014 Competition will be launching soon... 
Here at 'Beatons Central' we believe poetry belongs everywhere, including the business environment.

Every new franchisee is presented with a copy of  'Distinguished Leaves: Poems for tea-lovers' so they can get to know their teas and (possibly for some) discover poetry can actually be fun and inspiring!

They'll also find out first hand how well it goes with tea and cake.

We raise a cup of our finest loose leaf tea to all UK poets celebrating National Poetry Day.

That includes Wiltshire poet and local solicitor Nigel Brodrick-Barker. Investigating Tisbury High Street on a long overdue expedition all of a few yards from Beatons' front door last week, I discovered a brief poem 'Gone to Pot' about not confusing pottery with poetry framed in Kate Good's beautiful studio and shop.

And here it is:

'I heard the word Pottery muddled with Poetry,
Potter and poet will each have to learn,The pottier the poem – and -Poetic as pots may be,Not ev’ry piece is an ‘Ode on an Urn’.
Sending a link to my first shot at this post has produced a new example of an alphabetagram. Nigel created this form and it strikes me as a wonderfully poetic way to encourage children to become word-smiths. My inner alphabet is itching to have a go at one...

And here, having its debut outing, is Nigel's latest offering inspired by Beatons! Thanks Nigel - you for ensuring Tisbury plays its part in National Poetry Day in a highly original way...

'Appetising Beatons’ cakes delicately evoke favoured good housekeeping. ‘IF’ junior Kiplings languish midst nervous odeon poets quizzically relishing Siam tea, until vespers whisper xenoglossial yarns zanily.'
          © Nigel Brodrick-Barker, used with permission 

On a personal note, I'm saying goodbye to three years as 'Britain's Tea Poet' at the end of this week with a final tea poet performance in Bromyard. But of course life without tea and poetry is unthinkable. And my role as Beatons House Poet is growing by the day as more franchises come on board - for each one a poem is commissioned: Blandford Forum is 'in the bag', Chester soon to come and another one as we head into the New Year.

But today is about poetry and encouraging anyone who hasn't heard poetry live to do so. I'd recommend booking for one of the last dates (that I know of) to hear  and watch Richard Marsh in Wingman on 20th October at the Nuffield Theatre Southampton. I've just seen him at The Pegasus in Oxford with partner Chris (pictured above) and we came out inspired, moved and wanting to tell all our friends about the show. This is where contemporary poetry is going... into the theatre and other venues (like tea rooms!) where it becomes part of our experience of life because it is accessible...

And of course, if you are in London on a Tuesday evening there's no better place to hear what's happening in the poetry scene than to go to 'Poetry Unplugged' at the Poetry Cafe. It's where I first met Richard and where we both started our poetry careers.. you can catch me there on Tuesday 14th October.

But best of all, why don't you pop in to us, or a local independent bookshop near you and buy a volume of poetry that catches your eye and simply 'dip in'... 

Remember, poetry is always best in slow small sips.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Beatons Bod: Ben Moxham

Ben Moxham grinning at Beatons Tisbury
Ben Moxham, Blandford Manager in Waiting!
Ben Moxham has been with Beatons since January 2013 and we're proud that he is pursuing his career within our group. He started as a waiter and cook and is the first member of the team to have progressed to Manager - stepping into the breach when our Tisbury Manager moved on. Ben will have his hands full as he takes on our Blandford Forum operation and we wish him great success.

1. What do you like best about your job?
Stepping in as Manager of Tisbury came at a perfect time as it's proving a great way to learn and gain management experience before I go to Blandford. I love the fact I work both FOH (Front of House) and in the Kitchen as I get to rotate what I do. I love cooking and interacting with customers and building up customer relations. The best part of my job is providing excellent customer service and seeing happy customers - and working with such a great team of people.

2. What's your favourite edible or drinkable from our menu?
Elderflower soda is it's slightly different to the standard elderflower.

3. And how about your favourite book from our shelves?
Ah...  Reading's barely been on my agenda since leaving school so the bookshop side isn't really me.. However, I can point you to all the best cook books! [Honest confessions always best, Ed!]

4. Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means most to you and why? 
As previously mentioned, what I love best about my job has got to be gracious hospitality. I love 'trying' to keep everyone happy and treating all customers as the important people they are. It makes my job feel worthwhile and is very rewarding to see happy customers especially when they come back. 

5. Over the next year what's the most exciting project in your life - at work or personally?
Over the next year my biggest challenge will be being Manager at Blandford and hopefully developing a good reputation and a group of loyal customers. I also recognise that potential new franchisees will look at Blandford as well as Tisbury to see what exactly is 'the Beatons' way and be a bit of an example... Personally, it would be great to be able to get my own place!

6. Can you share a  practical tip for our online audience? It can be about anything i.e. cooking, sewing, cleaning or motorbike maintenance!
I'm practical and love cooking so here's a cooking tip:  when making cakes never tap the spoon on the bowl as it knocks the air out so the sponge may sink or not be as light and fluffy as you want. 

7. Lastly, what are you most looking forward to in terms of Beatons' events or future plans?
I am looking forward to the business growing and hopefully developing a well known name and - of course - getting up and running up at Blandford. I know Blandford well, and it's a great place for our next Beatons!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Event: Vinorama spells out Wine, Cheese and Drama!

What better way to end the month than this?

Friday, 15 August 2014

Beatons Bod: Alex Cockrean

Alex Cockrean is a returning  Tisbury 'Beatons Bod' - appearing in his University breaks and adding his own brand of wit to the team (see his responses below!)  Alex is studying Chemistry at Oxford and his sister Daisy - who has also just won a place at Oxford - is another part-time 'beatonsbod' too! Perhaps it's Alex's interest in chemistry that has enabled him to create an original popular soda on our menu?

1.  Who are you and what do you like best about your job?

I'm a waiter at Beatons, the best part of my job has to be the customers. With a lot of regular customers it's quite nice to build up a bit of chat.

2.  What's your favourite edible or drinkable from our menu?

I'm going to have to go for the Beatons' special soda. It's the perfect beverage to refresh you on a warm summer afternoon. Whoever came up with it deserves a pat on the back, possibly even a raise? [Hmm... well you've certainly got the pat on the back! Ed.]

3. And how about your favourite book from our shelves?

The book I most recently bought from Beatons' shelves was 'How to make your cat an internet celebrity: A guide to financial freedom' by Patricia Carlin and Dustin Fenstermacher published by Quirk Books.. It made the perfect gift.

Alex in action!
4. Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means most to you and why? (For readers unfamiliar with them, they are; providing generous value, a restorative experience and personal attention with  'sparkle', 'elegance' and 'gracious hospitality').

 As a waiter I enjoy the way Beatons approaches hospitality, as it gives me the opportunity to actually get to know the customers as an integral part of my job.

5. Over the next year what's the most exciting project in your life - at work or personally?

My biggest project (whilst definitely not my most exciting) in the coming year will be preparing for, and hopefully passing, my final year exams at university.

6. Can you share a  practical tip for our online audience?  It can be about anything i.e. cooking, sewing, cleaning or motorbike maintenance!

Bacon pancakes (see picture). Seriously! [Although we don't see them going on the menu, nor are we sure this is the kind of practical tip we had in mind (!) we do think they'd be a great way of students fuelling themselves with a protein breakfast before exams. And I'm going to try give them a go. Ed.]

7: Lastly, what are you most looking forward to in terms of Beatons' events or future plans?

I've been away so I've not been up-to-speed with Beatons' news... However it sounds like there's going to be another Beatons over the border in Dorset so there'll be no shortage of job opportunities coming up locally. 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cecil Beaton Elegance at Beatons Tisbury

As the proud Manager of Beatons Tearooms and Bookshp Tisbury, it's an honour to look after our flagship home Tisbury, Wiltshire.  'Elegance' is the quality we most like when it comes to Beatons' underlying qualities - unsurprising given that society fashion photographer Cecil Beaton inspired our name and interior styling. Elegance was critical to the mix when our founder Patrick Duffy first opened in 2011 and remains so as we expand nationally.

Come in and enjoy our house blend 'Cherry Sencha' -the most elegant loose leaf tea on our menu. We're open 7 days a week, 364 days of the year!

Tim from 'Beatons Central
manning our Breakfast Stand
at Tisbury Station
We are also the only Beatons so far to boast a Beatons Breakfast Stand Up Service from Tisbury Station where you can enjoy all our fine quality Italian coffees and a bacon roll to take with you on your commute to London!

This really is 'Cecil Beaton country' - he had two homes in the area. And Tisbury is also home to 'Beatons Central' - our main office HQ - and quite a few famous writers too [link to our Wiltshire Authors Page].

Beatons, with its pretty Terrace, nestling in the Market Square has become the hub of the village. It's the perfect starting place for lunch, tea or a slice of homemade cake (or all three!) - and one of the first places you'll encounter if you travel to Tisbury by train.

Press play, close your eyes and enjoy a virtual cup of tea while we conjure up a picture of Tisbury Beatons for you ...

Around the Square are a cluster of independent shops with a focus on the arts and home that would make Cecil Beaton smile. Directly opposite our Terrace you'll find Ted Martin's - a beautiful Florist.

For the fashion conscious, a few doors down you'll discover designer clothing boutique, Amorrio, along with Polly at Casco who reclaims furniture and turns it into bespoke painted objects of desire.

Up the High Street you'll find the village delicatessen and a little further Kate Good's working studio and pottery shop while over the road Marie's Gifts has children in mind as well as adults. And 'Elisabeth Rose' has recently settled towards the top - selling gorgeous home furnishings and other treasures. We also hear that 'The Stitching Witch' who creates bespoke corsetry has flown in to Tisbury! We can't mention everyone, although osteopaths 'Not Just Backs' have come in useful in the past. Tisbury Business Association's has a useful Directory - link here.

Countryside and Culture?  Of course, the Nadder Valley boasts some of the county's most varied and richly diverse country, and Wiltshire is still home to a veritable army of writers, journalists, artists and historians. Tisbury sits within Cranborne Chase AONB.
Manager of Beatons Tisbury
Harry McGookin Welcomes You

And if you'd like to read some reviews, you can check out our many fine reviews on Trip Advisor

Why not treat a friend to a full quintessentially English Afternoon High Tea - best to book to ensure we have the table reserve and laid up for you. Just telephone 017447 871819! 

P.S. Want to hear about events via social media? Follow @BeatonsWilts! Our central team @beatonstearooms largely tweet on our behalf while we're busy engaging live! They'd love to add you to our #wiltshiregagingtweeps or #wiltshireliterarylist too!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Offer: Tisbury Appointments to Keep It Local

Flying the flag for Tisbury Businesses
this July!

We're brewing up a little 'keep it local' flavour this Summer...

Our village of Tisbury is surprisingly 'well-endowed' when it comes to professional services, given its size!  As you know, if you're a regular here, we support our local community however we can.

Right through August, if your teeth have an appointment with Tisbury Dental Centre, your car has an appointment with Tisbury Motors, your aches and pains have need of 'Not Just Backs' or your itchy feet fancy a change of home and you're visiting Arundell James you can enjoy a touch of 'gracious hospitality' from us, on their behalf...

What exactly is our 'Tisbury Appointments Offer'?

Bring in receipt or proof of your appointment with any of the businesses above on the day and we'd be delighted to give you 25% off your order.

We hope that brings a smile to your faces, puts a purr in your engine, a spring in your step and altogether adds to a restorative experience.

P.S. August is our Summer Reading month - look out for our reviews in Salisbury Life out from 10th August!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Beatons Bod: Harry Mcgookin

Harry Mcgookin doing what he loves best
This is the first of our monthly 'Beatons Bod' blog posts. We strongly believe that valuing the individual is necessary for people to feel heard and nourished - we think it adds to our integrity and also contributes to our success and staff retention. You may not yet have visited us, but these posts will introduce you to each member of our team so you can get to know them a bit better - even online!

Harry Mcgookin - yes we think it's a pretty cool name too - is a cook at Beatons Bookshop and Tearooms Tisbury. He's been with the business since it first started in 2011 and likes making food that customers really enjoy...

He answers a few questions and we hope his smiling face tells you what he thinks about his job!

1. What's your favourite edible or drinkable from the Beatons' menu?
The lamb and lentil stew is my favourite hot dish and the scones are my favourite sweet treat.

2. How about a particular book you like to dip into from the shelves?

The fun is in the discovering! No particular one, but there are some great cooking books, and I'm a fan of the geography and history sections.

3. Which of the three ways we do what we do - with 'sparkle', 'elegance' and 'gracious hospitality' means most to you and why?

Gracious hospitality because its all about the personal attention that I try to give every customer that comes through the door - whether it be through giving my dishes the personal touch, or me helping front of house and greeting customers coming in.

4. Over the next year, what is the most exciting project in your life - at work or outside?

I play tennis so I'm really trying to improve my game this year.

5. Can you share a practical tip for our online audience?

Yes! Before putting scones in the over make sure the mixture is as cool as it can be, because it helps them to rise better.

There we are... a great tip to end our first interview on . Anyone for scones? 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Offer: Rainy Day Tisbury

It's our way of adding a touch of weather-sensitive 'gracious hospitality' to Tisbury.

When our team declares 'Rainy Day Tisbury' (#rainydaytis on twitter) the Beatons Flag is raised by a volunteer who braves the showers to hoist it! We also tweet our announcement.

What does that mean to you? There's a FREE teacake waiting for you when you order your cup of tea or coffee.

We hope it brings a bit of sparkle to rain-filled days.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Event: Seen us on Twitter? Meet our House Poet

Friday 21st February  from 3.30 pm ... A ‘House Poet’ special invitation to meet local twitter friends to enjoy some live interaction in the shape of tea and talk at my third ‘home’ down in the charming village of Tisbury. Entertainment free, tea and cake down to you. I tweet on behalf of Beatons so do follow us both: @LadyEDJ and @beatonstearooms ~ and keep you eyes peeled for special offers!