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

  • 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 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!
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

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!