Friday, 18 December 2015

Communitea Causes... Marie Curie chosen by Beatons Chester

Beatons Chester have decided to give support this year to the Marie Curie 
Marie Curie are well known for their care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and also the all important support for the families that are providing care for their loved ones, at this difficult time. 

The Marie Curie Charity have been carrying out work for over 65 years. Last year alone 
they provided care for over 40,000 people across the UK.

They offer free one-to-one nursing care and support usually overnight in your home, or during the day and evenings to allow some respite for the carers within the family. In times of crisis they will provide their services at very short notice. Indeed, a member of our family have been on the receiving end of their wonderful work.

To find out more about this amazing Charity visit their website here

We're sure that along with us you'll want to be able to support Marie Curie's amazing work over the next year. Look out for events happening at Beatons Chester. We know you will want to give some time and help to give a little (or a lot) in support! 

Remember every Chai Latte or Charlton Soda bought by you will result in donating 50p to Marie Curie altogether, this will soon add up over the year!



Steve
Franchisee, Beatons Chester

Christmas Beau-tea-ful treats at Beatons

Christmas is upon us...

Come in, relax and escape from this busy time of year and indulge in some of our treats...

If you're craving is for chocolate you will love our gorgeously indulgent Yule log...

Or perhaps our more traditional delicious Mince Pies, warmed with cream for an extra treat.

And perfectly accompanied by our beautiful Christmas Mulled spiced Tea of the Month.

We look forward to being able to spoil you and your senses so you can leave feeling restored, refreshed and ready for action!




Zoe
Beatons Central (HQ)

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Beatons Crowthorne want to help Alexander Devine build a Berkshire Children's Hospice

As a family man with three young children, it wasn't difficult for me to choose Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service as Beatons Crowthorne 'Communitea Cause' for our first year. 

The charity was set up by Fiona and John Devine, from Windsor, after their extraordinary little boy aged 8, passed away early in 2006 from a rare brain tumour. It's hard to imagine how parents cope with such a situation.  This couple did their own extraordinary thing, they set up a charity and service to support children aged 0-19 with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in their own homes across Berkshire and the bordering areas of surrounding counties, while maintaining the vision of building a children's hospice in Berkshire.

The charity is currently providing direct care for more than 50 local children in their own homes. They look like a very special team to us.

Founded in 2007, Alexander Devine is now 'only' £1 millon away from raising the £5 million required to meet its capital campaign which will see Berkshire having its own physical children's hospice. 

Building work on the six acre site near Maidenhead, which was donated by benefactor, started in September.

We're really pleased to help Alexander Devine reach its target however we can, and are delighted our Open House Launch Event on Saturday 30th January will support them, as well 50p from sales of each of our two 'communitea cause' drinks throughout the year as soon as we're open. To read more about why we've decided to create this initiative, just click here.

Right now, there's an amazing campaign going on using facebook and twitter called #HugsForHolly @1mhugsforholly and you can donate and read about it here

If you'd like to learn more about Alexander Devine's work just click here


Paul
Franchisee, Beatons Crowthorne

Monday, 14 December 2015

The Charlton and a Chai Solve a Charity Dilemma!

Ringing the bells for a special
local cause!
Here at Beatons we receive numerous requests from local charities to help them with their campaigns. We help as much as our budget can allow - often with vouchers for auction or raffle prizes. But which charities to choose? In the past we've often been caught on the spot with little time to consider what the charity is, what kind of support we can give, and how that support is aligned to our own ethos and values. 

We've come up with a solution which we've adopted from some rather larger enterprises. But it fits with our commitment to, 'involve ourselves with local community life and serve delicious food and drinks to keep tastebuds tingling...' 

So, across the group, each tearooms will choose a local charity or 'Communitea Cause' to support for the forthcoming year, starting December. It means we can be transparent, give more and focus on who we want to give to - doing so in our own unique elegant 'Beatons' way'. That means if you're a local charity, you'll need to let our local Beatons' tearooms know why they should make you their 'Communitea Cause' for 2017 by 1st September 2016. 

Communitea Chai Latte and CommuniteaCharlton Soda

We also know our customers are generous too - so our 'Community Cause' initiative means we'll both have the opportunity to give to one special local charity each year...

How will we raise funds? Well, we'll be look to support through charity events, but also every day! We've created two new 'Communitea Cause' beverages. One's hot, one's cold and we'll donate 25p and the customer will donate 25p (total 50p) to the 'Communitea Cause'  from each order.

Those 50 pences will surely add up over the space of a year! 

Why not make a commitment to have one of these drinks once a week - and you'll help us adding £26.00 to a local cause! 

So what should you order? 

Communitea Chai Latte  A warming treat, it's Indian spiced blend of slightly frothed milk, tea, cinnamon and ginger.
and 
Communitea Charlton Soda   Sweet strawberry, balanced with lemon, a perfectly refreshing combination! This is a real stunner created by one of our team.

Now of course you're itching to know which local charities we've chosen!  You can find out Blandford Beatons' choice here, Tisbury's choice here, Crowthorne's choice here, and Chester's choice  here...

We'd love you to help us to support our local charities and thank you in advance!

Patrick
Managing Director & Founder of  the Beatons Tearooms Group




Sunday, 6 December 2015

Beatons Bod: Paul, our Musical Cat from Crowthorne!

A snapshot on the first
day of getting the keys!
Who are you and - if you're part of the team - do you like/do you think you'll like best about your job? 
I'm Paul Mitchell - the newest franchisee - and I am greatly looking forward to welcoming people to the best tearoom in Berkshire! [in Crowthorne, opening January, ed.]

What's your favourite edible or drinkable from our menu? 
I tend to pick from whatever the specials are on a particular day. Recently I’ve enjoyed the home made lasagne and chilli.  Drinks wise, I’m a big fan of the variety of teas we serve so I’ve tried to try different ones each time I’ve been. My last visit had me taste the chocolate mint tea, although I’m not sure of its exact name [Ah, that would have been be our chocolate and mint rooibos, ed.]

And how about your favourite book from our shelves? 
My favourite book from the shelves will change all the time I’m sure.  I’m looking forward to stocking books on the local area mostly, although I am a fan of biographies so I shall be looking forward to browsing a copy of Cecil Beaton's biography which I know we'll have in stock!

Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means most to you and why?  
Providing gracious hospitality is my particular forte, as I believe that having a customer leave delighted is a sure way to get them to return.  We can buy a hot drink in any number of places so it's the experience they take away - Beatons know how to make it restorative.

If you were an animal, what would you be? 
A cat. It’s a sure fire way to be spoilt rotten by the right owner. The idea of having nine lives also holds a certain allure.

What do you like most about the most important person (or pet) in your life? 
What I appreciate most about my wife is that she's so creative, loving and loyal. I'm less creative!






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

I'm looking forward to hosting events of local interest, such as poetry readings, book launches and hopefully some music!

Tea of the month: Winter Mulled Spice

It's that time of year, December has arrived!


Cinnamon and cloves blend beautifully with this high grown Ceylon tea to provide a truly warming cup bursting with mulled spices and natural fruity notes.




This is a busy time of year, but make sure you don't miss out on this beautiful tea, which we are confident you will love. Make the most of being able to try it at our lower price as it is tea of the month throughout December!

Black tea and the scent of the clove,
Warming and tempting by the stove,
Enjoy this lovely mulled spiced tea,
And you'll feel all Christmassy!

Cloves, Jasmine Petals, Sri Lanka / Vietnam Mulled Spices and wonderful aroma provide a warm, traditional taste!

Zoe,
Beatons Central