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.

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 .

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Author of the Month

Author of the Month

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 .

Summer Praise: Blandford

  Lovely warm welcome, will be back soon

Lovely, thank you.

Delightful experience with attention to detail and lovely décor.

All staff smile, hope the chef is always included in the praise!

Would recommend!

 Absolutely lovely and helpful service.

Yay for GF!! Holland and Barret recommended you, lovely!

Love it here.

Good quick friendly service

Very nice staff
All excellent!

I like that the staff are chatty and helpful, particularly like the atmosphere which is warm and welcoming. Love the ethos.

Amazing service on your own, kept it together. Fave mix of cakes and books!

Delicious Meal.

Looked after us wonderfully

We had a lovely time, thank you

Lovely Place for a treat, attentive and friendly.

We are visiting blandford and will be back on Friday, it was excellent plus good value. Will definitely recommend.

Always offers a most pleasant traditional atmosphere. Recalling days gone by!

Friendly atmosphere, attentive staff, lovey scrumptious scones.
Thank You!

Loved the loo!

Please open one in st albans. Many thanks, delicious cakes, tea and cheese scones

Very friendly staff, thank you for a pleasant and tasteful experience.

Attentive service, lovely to see the waiter smiling, cheerful, chatty and very helpful, don’t tend to see that now a days.

Scones were the best ever!

Loved the whole experience, will be back.

Incredible scones on the high tea, very very happy, best we have ever had!

Yes we will certainly be back, many thanks, high tea was of exemplary quality!

Summer Praise: Chester

Really Lovely place and friendly. An oasis in a crazy desert!!

Very warm welcome. Made to feel at home by the friendly staff. Fantastically tasty food. When is a branch opening in S. Wales.

Very friendly and helpful staff.

Great milkshakes and food.

I have already recommended it on Facebook. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon. We will come back.

It is a pleasure to have a relaxing meal in a lovely setting. The food is as you would wish it in such a splendid room.

As this is our first visit we were very impressed and will call in again

We came here through recommendation, a nice and relaxing place to eat.

Can't wait to tell friends about you!

Lovely place to eat on a break in Chester.

Good service lovely food will come again and sit outside.

Staff were super Daniel served us and he was lovely.

Love it here will return each time we come to Chester. Loyalty card a great idea.

Beautiful tearoom and lovely homemade cakes my new favourite place!

Fantastic service from Sue made our day extra special Thank you.

Your milkshake is the very tip top best.

Fantastic we loved it charming and patient service lovely setting wish we could be back soon.

Lovely overlooking Cathedral gardens-tranquil.

Good service from efficient staff.

Food was delicious, well presented décor and staff.

Will definitely return food lovely, good service.

Very relaxing having our afternoon tea outside on the balcony was so enjoyable

We enjoyed lunch but were too full up so looking forward to taste the delicious looking cakes will return next time we visit Chester!

Summer Praise: Crowthorne

'A group of us went to Beatons tea rooms in crowthorne recently for some breakfast and catch up. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The staff could not have been more pleasant. The breakfast was delicious and the range of drinks which tasted amazing. Highly recommend and we will definitely be going back!'

'Having visited your store this week for the first time , I would like to offer my appreciation for the quality of your food, and pass on my thanks to your outstanding staff. On Tuesday there where two young ladies attending to service, and they are absolute ambassadors for your store.. I really think that your offering of quality and service will secure your place on the high street and I wish you and your staff my continued support . If you ever open a branch in Berlin ( I work there ) I would have a permanent table!'
'Visited for the first time today. The man who served us was great. Really helpful and made my son a jacket potato and added little extras like cucumber and carrots. I also had a lovely brownie. I really enjoyed our experience and will certainly be back soon 5*'

'Always a pleasant experience” #praisematters'

'Went today and had lunch here and it was lovely! Such a nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Had the gluten free toast and a gluten free brownie and it was yummy! Already planning our next three visits....”

'I have given your store a most positive review on TripAdvisor and hope that this results in many new clients passing through your door!'

'Such a treat, worth the time out and money. Thank you.'

'Lovely relaxed tea room.'

Group of Japanese ladies absolutely delighted that they could find Sencha on Crowthorne High Street!)

Excellent iced teas!

Summer Praise: Tisbury

Banana and coffee cake was like eating clouds!

First visit but certainly not the last.

Loved the goats cheese salad.

Amazing carrot cake.

Recommended on travelzoo well worth it.

Tea timers and tea set was adorable, elderflower soda was also a hit!

I love trying Tearooms own blends yours is lovely. 

Lovely as usual.

Moving in to nadder close and looking forward to visiting often.

Very pleasant. 

Lovely as always!

The bread is so fresh

All perfect, staff friendly.

Lovely lunch amazing chocolate cake

I haven’t found a place that does better vanilla milkshakes!

I spend a great amount of time here, enjoy the food and hope to do this for a very long time

Best carrot cake in the UK

Used our yeo valley voucher for my birthday and it brightened up my day!
You have a lovely shop here, our daughter in law would love the books.

I love your music, I could come here just to listen to it thank you.

Really good food very well presented.

Fantastic find will use again on the way back home.

Glad we came in just for the cheese scones.

We had a lovely relaxed lunch. We will be sure to come again.

Simple and elegant
loved it.

Best gluten free high tea we’ve had anywhere thanks!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Tea of the month: Subtle, Soft and Sweet Cherry Sencha Tea

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?

Green Cherry Sencha

Beatons Tisbury's house tea, Green Cherry Sencha, is fragrant and sweet. It's also our founder's favourite tea.  If you try it, we think you'll know why. Paying homage to its Japanese roots, here are three haiku:

Like cherry blossomed trees
The Tisbury bunting flutters
in the wind
Rose and cherry petals fragrance
Sencha green -
Japan to your table!
And you our honoured guest
receive our smile
serving well - what we do best

Sweet and delicate, 'Sencha' refers to the process of steaming young green tea leaves for about fifteen seconds, sealing in their freshness.

What to have with it?
This is NOT a tea to have with strong flavours since it's simply too subtle. Flavoured with cherry and blended with rose petals, this is a perfect choice to accompany the delicate finger sandwiches of our Afternoon Tea.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Tea, Cake and Debate!

Tea, Cake and Debate!

We are now offering to host ‘Tea, Cake and Debate’ an event held in our Tearooms for young people looking to become involved in debating teams or for those who are already.

Although the popularity of debate is rising, many schools do not have a debate program in place. We here at Beatons Tearooms would like to encourage young people to become involved in debating, as a Bookshop as well as Tearooms we view literary and associated skills as some of the most important skills a young person should develop and we want to support our local schools in this endeavour.

If you want to encourage ‘young adults’ in local schools to join a debating team or start one up then perhaps informing them of the following potential benefits might be a stepping stone in that direction, also perhaps the thought of enjoying tea and cake at the same time being an added incentive!

        ¨ Offers preparation for leadership
¨ Provides for investigation and intensive analysis of significant contemporary problems
¨ Develops proficiency in critical thinking
¨ Develops the ability to make prompt, analytical responses
¨ Develops critical listening skills
¨ Develops proficiency in writing
¨ Encourages mature judgment
¨ Develops courage
¨ Encourages effective speech composition and delivery
¨ Develops social maturity
¨ Develops multicultural sensitivities
¨ Develops computer competencies

Debating matters because ideas matter, we need to challenge 16‐19 year olds to go beyond the media headlines and delve deeper into some of the big issues confronting society. It’s about giving young people a tough intellectual challenge and getting them to examine and weigh up competing perspectives and evidence for themselves. 

If you know of a school which has a debate team already or are looking to start one, we would love to offer to host debating events, in our Tisbury or Blandford Tearooms, such as competitions between local schools. Also providing light refreshments to feed the stomach as well as the mind!

Contact us via email at:

Engager of the Month CityLstTravel

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 too! 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 scone with lashings of cream and jam!


Congratulations to Chester based, CityLstTravel! Fairly new to twitter, this company provides the latest independent reviews for all the best places to visit. Helps to find local attractions, hotels and things to do.  
Enjoy your Cream Tea for Two on us @CityLstTravel-
You can find this company on:

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Daniel, our 'Dapper Dog' from Chester!

Beatons ‘Bod’ for July
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?
Hi, my name is Daniel, I have been working as part of the Front of house team in Chester since the beginning. My favourite part of the job is being able to interact with the diverse customer base we have here in our fantastic location next to the cathedral in central Chester, which includes many tourists  especially through the summer months.

What's your favourite edible or drinkable from our menu?
It has definitely got to be the Croque Madam...what more could you want from lunch, delicious melted cheese and ham on fresh bread, pan fried, and topped with a perfectly poached egg! Yum!

And how about your favourite book from our shelves?
I think that our choice of children's books are great, there is always something a little bit different and a lot encourage classic literary knowledge from a young age.

Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means most to you and why?
I love the fact that we 'sparkle' here at Beatons, it means that we can really make it special for everyone who comes through our doors, not just with our food and drinks but also our customer service.

If you were an animal, bird or creeping creature what would you be and why?
I would have to say a dog, as these really are animals that appeal to me due to their loyalty and empathy. They always know when their owners need love and affection, I would like to think that I can be 'on the ball' when it comes to our customers needs!

What do you like about the most important person, or pet in your life?
My dog, he is faithful and he doesn't answer back!

Lastly, what are you most looking forward to in terms of Beatons' events or future plans?
I am really looking forward to the music event coming up in our Chester Tearooms, I think it is a great way to give both our regular customers and new ones an extra special evening.

Three Afternoon Teas to Please…

"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." Henry James

We couldn't agree more here at Beatons Tearooms! We are a small Tearooms inspired by the style and elegance of Sir Cecil Beaton, epitomising the quintessentially British tearoom with gracious hospitality and table service.
First we would like to share a little history of the afternoon tea tradition with you…

Afternoon tea, that most quintessential of English customs is a relatively new tradition. Whilst the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza, it was not until the mid-17th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared. 

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become peckish around four o'clock in the afternoon and as the evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, this left a long time between lunch and dinner! The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.
This became a fashionable social event and during the 1880's the upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o'clock.’

In our time however, afternoon tea is likely to be just a biscuit and a mug of tea, usually produced using a teabag. Sacrilege to us tea lovers! To experience the best of the afternoon tea tradition, indulge yourself and take a trip to one of our beautifully decorated Tearooms, located now in four locations, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Cheshire, soon to joined by more! 
We are delighted now to be able to introduce our new Three Afternoon Teas to please, named after places that relate to Sir Cecil Beaton;

The Ashcombe Tea

Named after Cecil Beatons much loved home in Wiltshire between 1930 till 1945.

Includes a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, mini quiches, our daily choice of Cakes and of course our renowned home baked scones, clotted cream and Jam.

The Ascot Tea

Named after the famous My Fair Lady scene at Ascot, which earned Beaton the Academy Award for Costume Design.
For the gluten free diet, our remarkable totally GF full afternoon Tea.
Includes a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches; our daily choice of Cakes and of course our renowned home baked scones, clotted cream and Jam.

The Windsor Tea
Named so because Cecil Beaton took the famous wedding pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.Looking to share? Try our Windsor Tea for one or two and top up with some items from our menu.

First, your choice of freshly made sandwich (one choice per person)
Then your choice from our daily selection of home-made cakes from our cake table

We look forward to being able to share with you our new delicious afternoon tea options served up with our gracious hospitality and generous value!