Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Christmas Week is here already!


Christmas Week is here already!


Beatons Tearooms and Bookshops have the perfect last minute gifts...


Gift vouchers available for athat special someone...


 ...or browse our range of carefully curated books, you will find the perfect stocking filler! 


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Winter Warmer: Melt away those Winter Blues...


D is for... Dessert


D is for... Dessert

Beatons Tearooms is well known for their quality Cakes....a particular favourite being their signature carrot cake. For all who has tasted this delight will whole heartedly agree!

However I want to let you in on a secret...Beatons desserts are also to die for!
Have you tried the chocolate decadence sundae? Vanilla and chocolate ice cream with crumbled Belgian chocolate brownie, lashings of rich Italian chocolate sauce, whipped cream and topped off with Maltesers. 

Or the deliciously fresh Tip Top Fruit sundae? A generous mixture of quality strawberry and vanilla ice cream, with juicy summer berries topped of with almonds and whipped cream. 

Both absolutely indulgent and not for the faint hearted...
Or feeling the need for something warming, perhaps the Beatons Truly Scrumptious Crumble will warm your cockles whilst tickling your taste buds. A  generous portion served hot with your choice of custard, ice cream or cream, will the daily crumble be Apple, Rhubarb or Summer berry?! All equally scrummy, freshly baked and perfect for warming up this winter!



Next time you are indulging in a Beatons treat, make sure you leave a little room for pud!



To book in in for lunch, just give your local Beatons a call:

The Square, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6JP Tel: 01747 871 819

Greyhound House, 2 Market Place, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7EB 01258 269515

Bell Tower House, Bell Tower Walk, Chester, CH1 2DY 01244 950761

241 High Street, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7AH 01344 771700

Twitter @beatonstearooms & Facebook: Beatons Tearooms

3C Breakfasts at Beatons:Clarity, Croissants and Connection!



 3C Breakfasts at Beatons:

Clarity, Croissants and Connection!

In partnership with Darcy Jones & Associates, from January 2017 we'll be hosting quarterly '3C Breakfasts' in all four of our Beatons Tearooms. They'll create a unique networking group which will grow as we grow across the country, serving local enterprises.

Come along! No having to stand up and spout. Simply enjoy meeting fellow sole traders, professionals, creatives and owners of small enterprises (charitable or commercial) over a Beatons' continental breakfast.
You'll also receive a 20 minute injection of inspiration and education from Liz Darcy  Jones (with occasional guest speakers) to help you better engage with those you serve, both online and offline.
And of course there'll be time for forging friendships in a relaxed convivial atmosphere.


Cost? £10 per person payable on the day including Croissants or Gluten-Free toast with butter and preserves and unlimited filter Coffee or Beatons Brew.

When? 8.30 to 9.30 am



Format:
  • 8.30 Welcome
  • 8.40 Breakfast
  • 9.00 Inspiration and Education from Liz
  • 9.20 Appreciating ... [showcasing a local business]
  • 9.25 Good News
  • 9.30 Good Byes



Book: e-mail liz@lizdarcyjones.com to confirm you're coming at least 24hrs beforehand.


Beatons ‘Bod’ for December: Bread lover Ben from Blandford

Beatons ‘Bod’ for December
Each month we introduce you to a member of the Beatons team or one of our core contributors or suppliers. They give you a little insight as to what gives them their sparkle and what they enjoy about being an essential part of the Beatons Tearooms group.

Beatons Bod: Ben Moxham
What's your role and what do you like best about your job?
Hi I'm Ben Moxham, I am manager of the Blandford Tearooms. I enjoy looking after my excellent team here in Blandford and making sure that we are all on top form to deliver gracious hospitality to all of our customers. There is nothing more rewarding in this line of work than seeing happy customers returning again and again!

What's you’re favorite drink or edible from our menu?
I absolutely love our new hot chocolate that we are just starting to serve, it is a white hot chocolate with peanut butter, generous whipped cream on top and toffee sauce drizzled all over, I had a lot of fun testing this recipe and think we have created something perfect for this winters chilly months!
My favourite item on the menu is a tricky one, we do so many yummy things! I think it would have to be the Spicy Tuna Melt though, so delicious when the cheese is hot and bubbling still on top!

And how about your favourite book from our shelves?
Being a chef at heart I would have to say that our range of cookbooks are great, we have quite a diverse selection and there are always new ones coming in. Loving the new Ritz Cook book that I was bought for an early Christmas present, can definitely recommend it to anyone who likes to entertain.

Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means most to you and why?
For me I think the most important thing is to engage with the customers and of course my team here. You can learn so much from other people and getting to know our regular customers has been great.
What - outside work - makes your skin tingle? It could be a dream, activity (printable!) or piece of music!
I love experimenting with cooking different things myself, but I also love eating out trying new things. It’s a great way to get some inspiration for recipes to cook both at home and at work!

Can you share a tip from the kitchen with our readers?
I am a firm believer in ‘treating food with love’ when making bread for example it’s important to be hands on, use your hands to knead it not just a food mixer, it’s a pretty good work out too!

Lastly, what are you most looking forward to in terms of Beatons' events or future plans?
It’s exciting to be part of a business that is expanding and being involved in the opening of our Beatons Tearooms in both Berkshire and Chester has been an amazing thing, I am looking forward to the continued growth of the Beatons brand in the UK.






Engager of the Month @VisitWiltshire

Engager of the Month
We reward customers and local businesses who engage live with us - both online and offline - by giving them shout-outs in Beatons Bulletin, on our blog and of course on twitter which is our preferred channel for online engagement... They also enjoy a free Cream Tea for Two as well! Want to join in? Follow and engage with us @beatonstearooms or find us on Facebook; We’re Beatons Tearooms. Maybe you'll find yourself reading this whilst indulging in crumbly scones with lashings of clotted cream and jam!
December:
Congratulations to @VisitWiltshire, follow on twitter for  great tourism tips about the beautiful county of Wiltshire!
Enjoy your Cream Tea for Two on us @VisitWiltshire
You can find this  amazing site  on:
    Twitter: @VisitWiltshire
    Website: www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

   
Facebook: VisitWiltshire


Events: Cecil Beaton at Home

Events: Cecil Beaton at Home

Beatons in Tisbury were honoured to be the first Tearoom to be a part of the high profile book launch - one has already been held in London's National Portrait Gallery, others in New York and Chicago- for the latest book on Cecil Beaton.

Cecil Beaton (1904 1980): photographer, costume designer, set designer, playwright, creator of fashion fabrics, and designer of sophisticated and extravagant interiors.
Cecil Beaton has been named as ‘one of the 20th century’s most outrageous, and outrageously talented, design legends.’
Cecil Beaton at Home, written by local author Andrew Ginger, focuses on two homes that Cecil Beaton loved and spent many years at.
Ashcombe House, near the Wiltshire village of Tollard Royal, and Reddish House, located in Broad Chalke, another village in beautiful Wiltshire.
We also discover some of the splendours at London's Pelham Place and Beatons’ New York hotel suites.
We see that Beatons country homes were not only havens to escape and seek inspiration for his photography and other artistic pursuits.
But also, and maybe more so, they were designed to provide a theatrical, fanciful yet always beautiful surrounding for Beaton to entertain his equally artistic companions.
Against his often-extravagant interiors, Beatons private life unfolds his unique talent for self-promotion, desire for theatricality, and uncertain pursuit of love.
As Cecil Beaton himself puts it;
'One can't get on at all if one doesn't have a little glamour about ones home'
This lavishly illustrated visual biography brings together original photographs, artworks, and possessions from his interiors to present an intimate picture of Beaton s extraordinary life. 

Beatons Tisbury was packed with Cecil Beaton and home interiors fans as local resident and Beaudesert owner Andrew Ginger spoke about his magnificent book, 'Cecil Beaton at Home: An Interior Life'  just published by Rizzoli.
Beatons Blandford Forum will host a further book signing - date to be announced soon. This brilliant book is available to buy in both Tearooms.






Tea of the Month: Mulled Winter Spice

Tea of the Month
Our tea of the month is always
a little easier on your purse and
usually has great health benefits.
Can we tempt you to try
something a bit different today?

What is it?
Mulled Winter Spice
If Christmas could be captured in one warm Beatons blend, Mulled Winter Spice Tea is it!
Black tea and the scent of the clove,
Warming and tempting sit by the stove,
Enjoy this restorative spicy black tea,
That  tells you its time to feel all Christmassy!
This flavoured black tea comes from the mountains of Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Its festive tones come from the cinnamon and cloves, subtly blended to give a warming robust tea to revive and restore.
A perfect choice for cold winter days, perhaps unsurprisingly, we've discovered it goes well with poultry! It's also a great accompaniment to Afternoon Tea, and our Lemon polenta cake so we invite you to enjoy a pot and let it infuse you with inspiration for your Christmas shopping.
Check out our bookshelves too to find just the thing for the difficult-to-buy-for-relative!


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

3 Benefits of Being a Beatons Franchisee

Apart from the possibility of making your dream of owning a tearooms a reality, the biggest benefit isn't something we can put into words. It's the feeling of pride which comes from walking into your Beatons and seeing what you've created... watch the video and see what that might be like!




These other three benefits may help you in judging whether you being a Beatons franchise might be right for you:


  • Affordable Option - deliberately low initial franchisee fee  Compared to other franchises in the hospitality and food sector - and indeed the cost of setting up your own tearoom from scratch - Beatons is an affordable option with a manageable initial franchise licence fee.

  • Security - support at every stage  We take great care in ensuring you're right for us and we're right for you, so our selection process gives us both plenty of time to ensure you feel comfortable and clear before deciding to go ahead.

    And right from the outset - from finding the perfect location to full training, working with you to organise your grand launch party and as you grow - our experienced team guides and supports. We know what works - and how to get everyone talking about the best new tearooms in town!
  • Expertise and a Sense of Belonging  By becoming part of the Beatons group you have all the back up of proven systems, brand strength, and both marketing and operational expertise with the pride of knowing your Beatons is part of a group founded on sound values and delivering 'gracious hospitality' to your local community.

If this has aroused your curiosity, why not take the next step and request a Franchise Prospectus? Call our MD, Patrick Duffy on 01747 871819 or fill in our Franchise Enquiry form, link here.  

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Engager of the Month:October Julie Cohen

Engager of the Month 

Julie Cohen

We reward customers and local businesses who engage live with us - both online and offline - by giving them shout-outs in Beatons Bulletin, on our blog and of course on twitter which is our preferred channel for online engagement... They also enjoy a free Cream Tea for Two as well!

Want to join in? Follow and engage with us @beatonstearooms or find us on Facebook: we’re Beatons Tearooms. Maybe you'll find yourself reading this whilst indulging in crumbly scones with lashings of cream and jam!



Congratulations to Berkshire based Julie Cohen, brilliant author of novel 'Falling' which we reviewed last month and who is also a patron of local literacy charity ABC to Read. It helps children in Berkshire primary schools learn to read.   Enjoy your Cream Tea for Two on us @Julie_cohen

You can find Julie on:  
Twitter: @julie_cohen    
Website: www.julie-cohen.com  
Facebook:  Julie Cohen


Author of the Month David Szalay: All that Man is.

Author of the Month

David Szalay: All that Man is.

Split in to nine stories about nine men. Each of them in very different circumstances from very different backgrounds, but all with the same basic needs.
Each of them striving to understand just what it means to be alive, to make correct choices, to make the best of what they have.

We are given an insight in to the innermost feelings of these men, from as young as 17 right up to 73 years age, baring all that man is, all that he feels and all that he longs for.
Brutally honest regarding men's weaknesses and desires, this book is powerfully written and certainly makes you think about what really matters in life.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for this year, you will find this book amongst our carefully curated book selection.






Tea of the Month: Holistic Herbal Harmony

Tea of the Month

Our tea of the month is always
a little easier on your purse and
usually has great health benefits.
Can we  tempt you to try
something a bit different today?

What is it?

Herbal harmony
This is a caffeine free, cleansing, herbal infusion with the innumerable health benefits of nettle which include reducing hypertension, inflammation and alleviating asthma symptoms.  Liquorice is good for bronchial disorders. As for cardamom? It's used as a breath freshener in India and is known to be great for 'the system'!
A trio of herbs this month fill our kettle
Liquorice for chests and that panacea, nettle
Cardamom too - astringent and clean
A harmonious blend - see what we mean?!

What to have it with?
The sweetness of the liquorice and cardamom, balanced with the astringency of the nettle makes this a perfect match for our home-made cakes. Try it out with our signature carrot cake - which if you haven't tried before - is an absolute must! It's a great digestive after enjoying a light lunch too.


Latest Events in our Tearooms

Deepest Dorset Book Success in Blandford!
 
On Sunday the 9th October we were delighted to be able to host the book launch of locally written book Deepest Dorset. 

Fully funded by a charitable foundation, the book is being sold to raise funds for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, Dorset Community Foundation and the RNLI .

This event was a huge success,  so popular in fact that we were turning people away at the door on the evening, tickets had sold out and we physically didn't have the space! Sincere apologies if this happened to you.
 









Chester’s Musical Evening
On 30th Sept, a delicious three course meal was enjoyed while Dr. Susan Weir played music from Vilvaldi,  The Four Seasons.

Such a hugely popular evening for the Tearooms in Chester, that they have now organised another Musical evening for the 14th of December, which has sold out already! So tickets are now on sale for the 18th of December for the same, make sure you get in quickly!












These are just a few of the comments from our lovely customers on the evening:
‘A lovely evening, good food, lovely company.’
‘A great evening that exceeds expectations. Please establish a regular programme.’
‘A novel idea, splendidly delivered. A cultural and culinary feast.’
‘I think this venue is fantastic. We enjoyed this evening so much
Really enjoyable. More please!’







Beatons Bod for November: Alex our Christmas loving Cat from Blandford

Beatons ‘Bod’ for November
Each month we introduce you to a member of the Beatons team or one of our core contributors or suppliers. They give you a little insight as to what gives them their sparkle and what they enjoy about being an essential part of the Beatons Tearooms group.
Beatons Bod:  Alex

What's your role and what do you like best about your job?
My name's Alex and I am a waitress at Beatons in Blandford. I find the most enjoyable aspect of working here is getting to know customers and being friendly and chatty with the regulars. I think this is the best aspect of my job because I am able to learn so much about the local area from born and bred people!

What's you’re favorite drink or edible from our menu?
My classic drink is either the Authentic Chai or a gingerbread soy latte. Very Christmassy! My favourite edible is a teacake with the tart blackcurrant jam., a perfect match.

And how about your favourite book from our shelves?
I love all the art books we have in recently like the Drawing is Magic book or how to be a wallflower. Not only are they pretty books to visually enjoy but also inspire adults and children to get arty and crafty!

Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means most to you and why?
I think the most important aspect of Beatons is the goal to make each individual customer feel special before they leave. Also the fact that all the food and drinks are made to a very high standard and each staff members works their hardest to impress and delight our customers.

If you were an animal, bird or creeping creature what would you be and why?
I would love to be a house cat, so I can be Queen of the House. (haha!)

What - outside work - makes your skin tingle? It could be a dream, activity (printable!) or piece of music!
I am a big fan of yoga and longboarding at the beach. Rain or shine, however I especially love it when it's stormy.

Lastly, what are you most looking forward to in terms of Beatons' events or future plans?
Although not technically an event I am most excited for Christmas at Beatons' with festive music, decorations and Festive themed Afternoon High Teas to bring everyone together in the Yuletide season!



Friday, 28 October 2016

C is for...Communitea

C is for...Communitea

Beatons Tearooms delight in supporting their local literary people and also local charities. This year we have held a number of events in our Tearooms to raise money for the charities that we have been supporting during 2016.

Our Tearooms in Chester decided to give support this year to Marie Curie. Marie Curie are well known for their care and support for people living with any terminal illness.  Donating cakes and also organizing a dedicated Marie Curie Cake Day to raise money for this charity by donating a percentage of their income taken from cakes sales.




Crowthorne is supporting Alexander Devine Children's, 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.



Tisbury chose to support local charity Charlies Angels. The charity was set up by the Burns family in memory of their son, ten year old Charlie Burns who died suddenly at night - a victim of  SUDEP (Sudden Unexpeted Death in Epilepsy).  


Blandford have been supporting local based charity Julia’s House, they provide practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, providing frequent and regular support in their own homes, in the community or at our hospice.
Organizing a special Valentines Day Cream Tea to raise money for Julias House and helping to advertise the great work they are doing and any other fundraising events they have coming up.




All of our Tearooms have the 'Communitea Cause' beverages o the menu. 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 quickly 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.
Communitea Charlton Soda 
Sweet strawberry, balanced with lemon, a perfectly refreshing combination! This is a real stunner created by one of our team.


Across the group, each tearooms will choose a local charity or 'Communitea Cause' to support for the forthcoming year, starting December. 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.

A Grandmothers Legacy


Beatons Bod for October: Jess, our Jaguar from Tisbury

Beatons ‘Bod’ for October

Each month we introduce you to a member of the Beatons team or one of our core contributors or suppliers. They give you a little insight as to what gives them their sparkle and what they enjoy about being an essential part of the Beatons Tearooms group.

What's your role and what do you like best about your job?
Hello I'm Jess and I'm a apprentice chef at Beatons in Tisbury. I’m so excited to be able to work and learn in such a friendly encouraging place. It’s a great opportunity to learn a diverse range of skills and master cooking so many different delicious dishes!

What's you’re favorite drink or edible from our menu?
I really love the ‘Alex’ to drink, it looks so prey with its varying colors and the taste of Passion fruit with Blood Orange works really well. I am making my way through all of the specials on our menu, and I really can’t decide on which my favorite thing to eat is it yet, although all the salads during the summer were delicious.

And how about your favorite book from our shelves?
I’m really pleased that we are now stocking all of the Man Booker Prize books, it’s a great way to keep up with the latest great reads of our me, which I probably wouldn’t have found me to look up!

Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means most to you and why?
I love the fact that whatever we send out of the kitchen has to be presented with ‘sparkle’, and obviously made with great care so that it all tastes great.

If you were an animal, bird or creeping creature what would you be and why?
I think that due to my love of speed I would say a Jaguar, born to be wild!


What - outside work - makes your skin tingle?

It could be a dream, activity (printable!) or piece of music! I absolutely love to go to theme parks, I’m a bit of a thrill seeker! And of course water parks are great, whilst the weather is sunny….

Can you share a practical tip from the kitchen for our Bulletin readers?
My practical tip in the kitchen is don't use oil in the water when cooking pasta, it will stop sauces from sticking to the pasta when cooked and making it extra tasty!

Lastly, what are you most looking forward to in terms of Beatons' events or future plans?
I’m so excited that Beatons have plans to expand, can’t wait to see Beatons Tearooms and Bookshops popping up nationwide!

Author of the month: Julie Cohen

Author of the Month
Falling by Julie Cohen 

I totally ‘fell’ into the pages of this book and, excuse the cliché, didn’t want to put it down!
A beautifully written, emotive and powerful novel exploring challenges that each age generation could face. Three women, all part of a strong willed and often stubborn family, all trying to deal with their own bales in secret. Gradually brought together as they begin to discover each others strengths and weaknesses, they all come to realize that the bonds of family hold a gravitational force that none can deny. A familial force that brings love, support, joy and above all, hope.
Relatable, thought provoking and heart warming, this is a  must to put on your reading list for this year!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Breakfast, the Beatons Way!

Breakfast, the Beatons way! 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that’s what we are all taught, good for the body and good for the mind! So why not start your day ‘right’ and make it a little extra fabulous by indulging in one of Beatons mouth watering breakfasts. Whether you are looking to start your day with a tasty Full English, some steaming porridge or perhaps the more continental warm, buttery croissant, we have something just for you…



Delicious breakfast rarebits
Or marmalade on toast
Boiled eggs and soldiers
All the above we boast  

Perhaps porridge is more suited
To your culinary needs
With syrup or fruit
Just a couple of our deeds
Scrambled or poached
On toast or with beans
We’ll do you perfect eggs
No exception, by any means  

Bagels with bacon
Salmon,cream cheese
Egg mayonnaise added
Our bagels will please  

Or a full Beatons Breakfast
To start off your day
Sausages, mushrooms
And more we’ll display! 


If you are an early bird and like to set yourself up for the day, pop in to your nearest Beatons for a real treat! Served unl 10.30 or 11 am depending on which Beatons you visit., give us a ring to check. We look forward to serving up our gracious hospitality with the usual Beatons ‘sparkle’!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Smoke without the dangers...

Tea of the Month

Our tea of the month is always
 a little easier on your purse and
usually has great health benefits.
Can we can tempt you to try
something a bit different today?

What is it?

Lapsang Souchong
For those who like a smoke without the dangers...
Lapsang Souchong is as pungent as the finest Cuban cigar which makes it a firm favourite with gentlemen who like port and a good book. It's also said that Lapsang helps strengthen your immunity, protecting you from viruses that lead to colds and the 'flu. 


A black fully fermented tea from China...

 'Lapsang stirs at four, he lights his smoky
cigarette that tastes of all things slow and smells
of damp dark woods where pandas go
he lets its earthy fragrance speak for him
he lets the taste of black that's lingering
snuff out the bright and crazy of the day
his brand of lazy speaks of time to play'

Why not try this beautifully smoky tea? It accompanies our tasty rarebits and spicy dishes beautifully. And it's not just for the gentlemen!


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Discover Deepest Dorset



On Sunday the 9th October at 4.30pm

Join authors of Deepest Dorset and discover this fantastic locally published book which is raising funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, The Community Foundations Dorset Fund and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Talk, Readings and Book Signing.
Including a Cream Tea.
Tickets available in Beatons Tearooms.
£6.25

Greyhound House, 2 Market Place,
Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7EB
01258 269515




Discover some of the secrets of Dorset’s past by journalists Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir.
Deepest Dorset is a full colour hardback, exploring what makes Dorset special, from landscape to literature, boat-building to beer. 

Written mostly by Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Wier, also including contributions from a wide range of Dorset residents and celebrities including Julian Fellowes, Tracy Chevalier, Paul Hyland, Louisa Adjoa Parker, Anna del Conte, James Crowden, Kate Adie and many more.

Fully funded by a charitable foundation and the book is being sold to raise funds for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, Dorset Community Foundation and the RNLI .