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!