Friday, 15 September 2017

A Peek at the Progress in Petersfield!

Work is well underway in Petersfield Beatons Tearooms and here's a sneak peak at what's going on inside...

We're delighted to be in the middle of this new project which we 'guaran-tea' will please all tea fanatics and book lovers in the local area.


We look forward to building new relationships with the lovely local people in Petersfield and beyond. Our aspiration is always to deliver gracious hospitality, generous value and give you a restorative experience. 

This will be our fifth Beatons to open and we're confident that it will provide the same delightful haven for people to relax (enjoy delicious treats!) and be as popular as our Beatons in Tisbury, Blandford, Crowthorne and Chester.

A massive thank you for all the hard work from franchisee, Fifi and her team so far!


There's still a fair bit of painting to finish off and of course make sure that the kitchen is all fitted, up and running, and ready for service. There are shelves to stock with our fantastic range of over 30 teas, coffee machines to position and get hooked up, tables and chairs to assemble and the all important cake boards to fill!

Here at 'Beatons Central' (our HQ) we're eagerly anticipating the opening of what we believe will be the favourite Tearooms and Bookshop for the locals in Petersfield to relax and enjoy gracious hospitality.

When are you opening? is the question on everybody's lips. We want to ensure everything's 'just so' and this is never an exact science, but keep mid October in mind!


Monday, 11 September 2017

New Milton? It's got everything!

Hello

I’m Angela, the franchisee-in-waiting for New Milton in South Hampshire. I don’t live too far away so it’s a town I’ve been to many times. I’m absolutely thrilled ‘my Beatons’ will soon be gracing it, because New Milton has so much to offer (particularly if you live in the New Forest).

This is a long blog post – I’m told it’ll be the longest I’m likely to write so here goes... It’s more about what I like about New Milton than about Beatons. You’ll be able to enjoy ‘the Beatons experience’ well before Christmas – we’ll keep you posted here and through the press. In the meantime, check out the other pages on the website for a visual feast!



First, I love the town because it’s so light, blossoming and airy! It has a happy feel to it and the amazing plantings by the Council look great.  Its wide pavements are perfect for those who are not-so-mobile – something I know all about as a former carer. [In fact, it felt like serendipity when we found the perfect premises and discovered it was a former mobility centre!]

And of course, New Milton is incredibly central if you do happen to be a tourist (or even a commuter) boasting a mainline station, being a spit away from the beautiful Milford-on-Sea and the New Forest itself.

New Milton Water Tower
Although Beatons is a franchise, each one operates as an independent, so I’m really pleased New Milton is filled with independents like the 3rd generation butchers, T Bartlett and Sons (who are also part of a wonderful curing company called A Pinch of Salt Curing!) I’m tempted by the number of glittering jewellers, and some highly individual gift shops – I love crafts so Hand Made New Forest stands out,. And for 'Cecil-Beaton-worthy-elegance', Inspiration at the top of Station Road is a must.

Apart from the shops, I’m discovering New Milton has all kinds of societies and activities going on, which the average tourist is probably largely unaware of. And it's fortunate to still have a well-stocked local library, immaculately kept park and that unmistakable landmark – the Water Tower.

Oh yes! And although I’m not an avid motorcycle enthusiast, I understand it’s got one of the country’s foremost Motor Cycle collections – The Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum.

Where we hope to be!
Naturally, there’s also another big reason I’m so pleased to have settled on New Milton for my Beatons. I haven't found a bookshop there (or anywhere to enjoy the kind of ‘3-tiered afternoon tea experience’ with table service which all Beatons tearooms offer for that matter)!  Our book selection is ‘small but perfectly formed’ and may well save New Milton residents looking outside the town for their Christmas shopping.



Watch this space for news as to when we’ll be open and our charity launch activities.


Posted by Angela, Beatons New Milton



P.S. If you’d like to know when we start recruiting, please send me an e-mail – to angela@beatonstearooms.co.uk - and I’ll send you a link to the details when they’re posted.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Whispering 'Summer' whatever the season!

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? 

Kiwi & Strawberry

Some people aren't fans of fruit teas finding them a little insipid or too sweet. Not so this month's tea - Strawberry and Kiwi. It's got a lot more to it than just strawberry and kiwi pieces: add in apple, rosehips and Hibiscus petals to make it the perfect choice for those who are looking for a healthy tea to make their skin glow and a fruity kick!
Whether it's showing a little more flesh in a  party dress or a swimsuit what better tea than this which is packed full of vitamins C and A - great for skin. Hibiscus is also reputed to add to the skin's elasticity, and kiwi fruits have a rare fat free form of vitamin E in their make up...Makes life sound like a bowl of... strawberries, doesn't it? Consider trying it as an iced tea either - this tea whispers 'summer' whatever season!


Going 'Banana's' for Beatons Bakes!

Banana and Coffee Cake wins award!

Have you heard about the Great Taste Awards?

Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. It has been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’. Quite simply the Great Taste logo is the sign you can trust when buying food and drink in your local, quality retailer.

In 2017 over 500 judges, including specially trained food critics, came together at 62 judging days from March through to early July. The judges, from all corners of the food world, blind-taste in teams of 3 or 4 ensuring we get a balance of expertise, age and gender. The judges look for truly great taste. They take into account the texture, appearance and of course quality ingredients; and they like a good aroma. But everything comes back to the taste. Is it really, truly great?

We happen to think that our cakes are truly delicious and our customers agree with us too! After a lot of deliberation we decided to enter our Gluten Free Banana and Coffee Cake, after what seemed like an unbearably long wait we finally heard back...drum roll please! We are now the proud receivers of a Great taste award!

Have you tested this particular home-baked cake at Beatons? Well, it’s comes highly recommended!



M is for… Menus and Market Research

Menus and market research go hand in hand here at Beatons. Hopefully they create that ‘Mmm…’ which means delicious!  We thought we’d give you a bit of insight as to what and who’s behind our menus this month.

Did you know they change throughout the day?  Through breakfast, lunch and Afternoon Tea! And, of course, there are special menus if you’re indulging in one of our full Afternoon Teas or have special dietary preferences (our Elegant Options menu has been created just for you).

The brains (and sometimes the brawn when it comes to mixing quantities of scone dough or preparing meat) is Ben.
Ben – our highly trained chef who loves the challenge of producing hot and cold canapés for a hundred at our launch soirées – is at the heart of menu selection and creation. But he draws on ideas from outside and within the tearooms. Some of them from you!

You’re always welcome to add suggestions and comments at the bottom of our feedback cards (if you’re not given one you’ll find them at the counter). We read every one and suggestions get fed back to Ben ready for when he considers the next set of seasonal changes.

Our central team also contribute, as well as our growing number of Franchisees.
And, naturally, all the ‘Beatons Central’ team – Ben in particular - are on the look-out for new developments and inspiration externally. If Ben thinks he’s found something, he’ll then apply his creativity to give the dish a dash of Beatons’ originality.  After that? It’s trialling, recipe writing, and testing, testing, testing! 

Finally, the bit I occasionally get involved in. Word play! Often its Zoe who comes up with an elegant yet pertinent name, ready to add it to the menus.

Our tea choice, too, is updated on a regular basis. One of our newest additions, The Duchess *– an extremely refreshing twist (lemon) on Earl Grey – has just been chosen by one of our newest franchisees, Fifi, as her house tea.   We’ll be helping her launch Beatons Petersfield – our first Hampshire tearooms – in October.  
Why not enjoy a pot of ‘The Duchess’ (best without milk) as you take a more informed glance at our menu today?!
*’Dried lemon peels and orange pieces add a citrus twist to the traditional Earl Grey Tea making it a fantastic alternative to savour and enjoy. High quality tea is used providing a wonderful piquant flavour that when combined with a quality bergamot oil and citrus flavours has a full bodied finish. Beautifully refreshing and certainly one we think the Duchess would have approved of. ‘

Friday, 1 September 2017

A Peek at Petersfield

Hello 

I’m Farnaz Zahedfar – a bit of a mouthful – so people call me Fifi.  I’m Beatons ‘franchisee-in-waiting’ for Petersfield. This is my first blog post charting the journey towards delivering Beatons’ brand of ‘gracious hospitality’ to East Hampshire.


Although I’m not yet local, me and my fiancé – like many in Petersfield’s history – are moving down from London. We can’t wait and have already done lots of exploring. Consequently, this blog is more about what we love about Petersfield rather than about Beatons [although you’ll find plenty to feast your eyes on elsewhere on this site]. And I hope it will encourage even more visitors… because Petersfield is charming.

Starting with the arts - since I’m a great fan - it’s great to find this thriving market town has its own ‘Festival Hall’ for entertainment. And the intriguingly named ‘Shady-Jane Youth Theatre' sounds interesting. It’s also got an orchestra, other performing arts groups and loads of societies.

But arts for Petersfield is especially about artists and writers - including Jane Austen and Gilbert White.  Talking of which, Beatons always includes a shelf of books for sale by local authors. Let me know if we should stock your book! There’s the flourishing Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society (PACS) about which a bit more in a future blog. And Petersfield was home to talented artist (and bookshop owner) Flora Twort. I haven’t got to the Flora Twort Gallery yet, but I will – and to The Petersfield Museum, Jane Austen’s House Museum and the stunning mansion of Uppark.

Petersfield's Physic Garden

A real hidden treasure!
There are famous poets connected to the town too. Although I’m not very well versed, Beatons includes poetry as part of its brand. Steep (a steep hill away) was home to War Poet, Edward Thomas, whose centenary year is being marked. A brilliant mix of art combining lines of his poetry has been on exhibition at Petersfield’s other amazing hidden treasure – The Physic Garden.

You can see from the photo, it’s beautiful. And it’s FREE! In its planting and emblem (a rare orchid), it celebrates botanist Charles Goodyear and was inspired by Chelsea Physic Garden in London. Goodyear had a Georgian house in the 17th century located in ‘The Spain’ a quiet architectural oasis behind St Peter’s Church. It was named after the Spanish wool merchants who used it as their ‘resort’ when they came over to trade!

The Heath - credit Chris O'Brien


As I’ve talked to a few people – including Zoe at Beatons who has family here – one place keeps being mentioned: The Heath. The Heath is a stunning area of countryside, with a famous ‘pond’ known as ‘the lake’ (you can boat on it!)  And most importantly are the early bronze age barrows which have been discovered. Petersfield certainly has a long history and The Heath is considered its crowning jewel.



Yes, there are also lots of independent cafes and restaurants – and we like that. Why? Because although Beatons is a group, each tearooms operates as an independent entity. And we believe competition is good, and that there’s plenty enough business in Petersfield for us all to flourish… No doubt we and the shop-fitters will be frequenting our nearest eateries before we open. [And possibly entertaining the curious ones once we do!] We hope to be based at the Dragon Street end of the High Street.

As for other activities and shops? There seems to be a huge cycling community, and a lovely project run by the Council called Walking for Health. That’s free too – you can walk from Winton House at 10 am on a Wednesday.  Fancy a swim? Petersfield has the only outdoor heated swimming pool in Hampshire!

And Petersfield boasts two famous schools. Churcher’s College – set up by Richard Churcher from the East India Company (I wonder if they drank tea?!)  and Bedales which has Lily Allen, Kirstie Allsop, Gyles Brandreth and Alan Jay Lerner as alumni.

Lavant Street, appears to house an incredible number of treasures – with Morgan-Owen & Coates Optometrists having a history going back to 1928, so I know where to go for my sight test and there’s almost every kind of therapist to ensure longevity and wellbeing!

The quaint Old Forge
As a woman who loves clothes, it’s good to see boutiques like Willow, Plumage and Your Little Secret Bridal Boutique. And maybe before all my time is taken up serving Petersfield residents afternoon tea, I’ll get a chance to visit beauty salon, Time to be Me or one of the award-winning hair stylists. Naturally, there are many, many more gift, antique and quirky shops tucked into courtyards and quaint side-streets too – all only a train-ride away from Waterloo! The best place to discover everything you need to know – these are my first impressions –  is www.visitpetersfield.com

My last mention must be the public library which is thriving despite cuts and houses a wonderful book, ‘A Celebration of Petersfield’ which pays homage not just to its history but to its commerce and industrious inhabitants.

I look forward to becoming one in the very near future!

Posted by Fifi, Beatons Petersfield

P.S. If you’d like to know when we start recruiting, please send me an e-mail – to fifi@beatonstearooms.co.uk - and I’ll send you a link to the details when they’re posted.

P.P.S. And here's a virtual taster for Petersfield chocolate lovers!




Tuesday, 29 August 2017

A new Tearooms comes to Petersfield Town!



We're delighted to release the first verse of 'The Petersfield Rubai' (a rubai is a Persian poetic form) by House Poet and best-selling author Liz Darcy Jones.

This honours the town and nods its head to the Persian inscription on the sundial in the Physic Garden, and the education our franchisee, Fifi, enjoyed in Tehran as child!


Beatons Petersfield Rubai

Yes, I remember Petersfield of old
Its buried treasure glowing bronze, not gold
A stopping place for merchants trading wool
To rest in Georgian houses, so I'm told

The rest of the poem will be released just prior to opening, although Liz can be persuaded to recite it on air if invited!

Our Press Release follows:


Poetic Praise for Petersfield as Beatons Tearooms and Bookshop is Confirmed


Despite initial concerns locally, approval has been given for the next Beatons Tearooms and Bookshop to make its home in the former jewellers and estate agents at 30, High Street, Petersfield.  Both Petersfield franchise owner Fifi Zahedfar and Beatons’ house poet, Liz Darcy Jones, have been enchanted by Petersfield’s literary and arts heritage and active community. The best-selling author has crafted some jaunty verse in honour of the town to reflect this, including referring to the ancient bronze burial barrows and Jane Austen. 


All Beatons Tearooms – their name and interiors are inspired by the elegance of royal photographer and costume designer Sir Cecil Beaton – deliver a stylish take on quintessential afternoon tea. Beatons Petersfield will provide full table service, offering over thirty loose leaf teas, regional coffee blends, home-made cakes and light food served in bespoke Villeroy and Boch china as well as a carefully curated selection of books for sale. The tearooms is set to launch in the late Autumn.
Distinguishing itself from others, Beatons incorporate poetry into their brand and host both local author book signings and poetry events, although it was the group’s ethos of integrity, community involvement and delivery of exceptional service which particularly appealed to Fifi. ‘Beatons is so much more than a combined tearooms and bookshop – it’s a place filled with warmth and passion, which cheers you up instantly.’

Fifi was originally from Tehran but has been living in London for the past twenty years. Having spent the last decade working in finance she has long dreamed of running her own business. Having always been a tea-lover - in Tehran tea is served in preference to coffee – becoming a Beatons franchisee was the perfect choice to be able to ‘create a tearooms with a real touch of style’. She can’t wait to move to Petersfield.

Founder and CEO of the group, Patrick Duffy, said ‘with a beautiful twin gabled location and Fifi’s determination to create an environment with gracious hospitality at its heart, I believe Beatons Petersfield will be an elegant addition to what is clearly a thriving town.’

‘Tea Poet’ and writer, Darcy Jones – who has fond memories of Petersfield from years commuting from Havant to the City – spent a day incognito in the town. She spoke to over twenty local passers-by and traders asking for three words which meant ‘Petersfield’ to them. The word ‘friendly’ came up eighteen times! She was also thrilled to discover Petersfield Physic Garden hosting ‘Inspired by the Word’, an exhibition by contemporary artists celebrating the literature of Hampshire writers, Jane Austen, Edward Thomas and Gilbert White.  

Further details of launch activities including a local charity Open House event will be announced in due course.

For further information on opening date and details visit www.beatonstearooms.co.uk


Notes to Editors
Interviews and features welcomed. Contact:
Patrick Duffy on 07787 419236                 or patrick@beatonstearooms.co.uk
Zoe Moxham on 01747 871819                or zoe@beatonstearooms.co.uk
Liz Darcy Jones on 07940 584752            or liz@lizdarcyjones.com

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Our Mr Smooth of Teas!

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? Lemon Rooibos

Our Mr Smooth of the tea menu!

Zesty Lemon Rooibos is a herbal tea (meaning it's caffeine free) with key elements being the finest Rooibos and lemon. Invigorating yet sweet, Zesty Lemon Rooibos has the silkiness of red bush and the citrus kick of lemons.

Rooibos comes from the Aspalathus linearis plant growing in South Africa so it isn't actually a tea. It's probably called red bush tea on account of its striking colour when brewed - see the rich red when it pours!

Rooibos (pronounced 'Roy-ee-boss') helps you chill - it's reputed to help with insomnia.  Health wise, being low in tannins means it's one for asthma and eczema sufferers, and contains the rare antioxidant aspalathin boosting insulin secretion to ward off Diabetes type II! 

Great hot or iced, its flavour marries particularly well with nuts. Why not add a slice of  our gluten and dairy-free Orange & Almond and  Apple & Almond Cakes to accompany it? 


All in the Pink!

New Central Office

We thought that you may like a sneak peak inside our lovely new office in Tisbury.
We have been busy behind the scenes creating an environment for our central team to get creative and productive as Beatons Tearooms Ltd grows as a company.

We are delighted with the result and now proud of our very ‘Beatons Pink’ central meeting place and office where we are confident our future projects will prove to be successful!


Liz, a Panther who wears many hats!

Beatons ‘Bod’ for August
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: Liz Darcy Jones

What's your role and what do you like best about your job?
I'm Liz, and a Non-Executive Director ('NED') of the group. I’ve worked with Beatons since 2011 – I run a consultancy which provides impeccable copy and strategic advice enterprises. During that time, I’ve worn all kinds of titles from House Poet, Press Officer to Director of Engagement.

What's your favorite drink or edible from our menu?
Hands down it’s The Gluten Free Afternoon High Tea called The Ascot. Being gluten intolerant it’s a real delight to find scones which are so crumbly and allowed! 

And how about your favourite book from our shelves?
It’s probably ‘Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown which was my recommended book of the year for 2016 on my blog. It really demonstrates how being focused and strong enough to say ‘no’ makes more room for the things you want to say ‘yes’ to.

Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means most to you and why?
Since my company, Darcy Jones & Associates, helps businesses find their 'true content' and underlying identity I think it’s probably ‘restorative experience’ because that so clearly encapsulates what Beatons delivers, coupled with its unmistakable elegance. Simply walking into a Beatons reminds me of the graciousness I aspire to!

If you were an animal, what would you be?
In the past when asked, I’ve said a horse, but more and more I’m enjoying the thought of being a black panther – so powerful, lithe and yet sensitive.

Lastly, what are you most looking forward to in terms of Beatons' events or future plans?
Although I think the future is promisingly ‘Beatons’ pink’ (!) I think it’s where we are now that I am most excited about. We have a team who are almost exclusively ‘home grown’ and now occupying management roles, in fit-for-purpose offices with a stream of new franchises coming through.   
In my own life, I’m tickled pink to be launching a new enterprise in November offering Biodanza, a wonderfully restorative music and movement system.


L is for… ‘Loverly’



Loverly? I’m hoping the word conjures up images of cockney-learning-to-be-posh Eliza Doolittle rather than poor spelling! Recall her singing a gorgeous refrain from the musical ‘My Fair Lady’?

‘All I want is a room somewhere
Far away from the cold night air
With one enormous chair
Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly’

My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe’s timeless show, has a special place in our hearts here. Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) who inspires our name - and a lot more besides - created the iconic set and costumes for the 1956 Broadway production. You may have watched My Fair Lady as a film, or seen a local amateur dramatic society produce it. Nearer to you where you’re sitting, listen carefully to our music selection and you may hear some of the fabulous tracks playing in the background.

‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly’ and ‘The Ascot Gavotte’ – a jaunty trot of piece – have extra relevance to us. And, surprisingly, the latter may mean more to you by the end of this feature if you’re looking to improve your brain function and co-ordination (Aren’t we all? Ed)!

But first, you may be noticing a slightly different voice in this feature – all writers have their own style.  It marks a return to me writing our front-page article for the Bulletin as Zoe, Editor, takes on additional duties in her new role as Franchise Manager.  It’s good to be back, congratulations and thanks Zoe, for all your fabulous past features from A to K!

Returning to Cecil Beaton and My Fair Lady, our interiors nod their head to the quintessential elegance of both. Take a pause and look round the tearooms.  You’ll see that we have at least ‘one enormous chair’ for today’s Eliza’s and Professor Higgins to relax in, furnished in a Beaton floral fabric. And, of course, the walls showcase classic reproductions of Beaton’s most famous photographs.  Want to learn more? We have the best biographies about Beaton on our bookshelves.

But how does The Ascot Gavotte help us improve our brain function? And how could it help you or your children? Think driving tests or finals!

Well, we’ve just started using The Ascot Gavotte in our new franchisee training sessions. We also suspect some of our team members may start employ this tip on occasions too! We kick off by walking an ‘infinity walk’ – a figure of eight – to a piece of music which plays at one beat per second.

Guess what? The Ascot Gavotte happens to have exactly the right timing. It’s able to create what is commonly known as The Mozart Effect which prompts optimum learning receptivity in the brain.  Walking an infinity walk has similar, and additional benefits, including improving hand to eye co-ordination, and connecting the left and right brain (just what you need before learning, taking an exam or embarking on some Beatons franchisee training). It was developed in the 1980’s – along with other walks for wellbeing – by clinical psychologist Deborah Sunbeck. I’ve used infinity walks successfully for twenty years and so I know it works.

It’s also great fun! It adds to the ways we can maximise attentiveness which we believe is vital to operating a successful Beatons. In fact, we’d say it’s vital to life in general.

Whether you’re an ‘Eliza’, a ‘Professor Higgins’ or a mum preparing her teenagers for University, you’re always welcome here. Why not treat yourself to ‘The Ashcombe’, our Beaton inspired Afternoon Tea (Beaton’s house was called ‘Ashcombe’)?

You’ll find it’s ‘loverly’!

Liz Darcy Jones

P.S. If you’d like to see a superb You Tube clip of The Ascot Gavotte – and perhaps walk a figure of eight while you’re listening –  we’ve uploaded it in the blog post version of this article on our website www.beatonstearooms.co.uk/blog


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Guilt Free 'Pina Colada!'

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? Malibu Dream

The tastes of coconut, pineapple and rosehip combine to create this holiday-flavoured fruit tea packed with amino acids for optimal protein absorption. Coconut is one of those tooth-friendly foods too - it's full of threonine which not only supports healthy tooth enamel but speeds up wound healing. But putting healthy benefits aside...

This is a tea that's a drink in disguise -
A cocktail, a summer delight for your eyes
A caffeine free mix - a Pina colada
Which steeps you in summer and fuels your ardour!

Ever tried an iced tea? This should be your moment, Malibu Dream delivers an alcohol-free Pina colada to your table - anytime!
Why not try it with a piece of shortbread or Gluten and dairy-free polenta cake to put you in the holiday mood? And don't forget to have a browse on the bookshelves for some equally tasty reading!


K is for... Keeping things green!

We are all becoming increasingly aware that being eco-friendly or environmentally friendly is becoming more and more important.

Running a business such as ours means it can sometimes be difficult to remain completely ’green’ but we are still striving hard to do the little things which in the long run all add up in making sure our carbon footprint is as small as we can make it!

So what is Being Eco-friendly?

‘The simplest way to define what being eco friendly means is to say that it is the act of living with intent. The intent is focused on not creating harm to environment, and to prevent as much harm from occurring to the environment through your interactions with it. It goes beyond an idea and extends to actual practices that influence how communities, businesses and individuals conduct themselves. ‘

At Beatons we are working alongside our main coffee bean supplier to make sure that we are doing our bit to help the environment. 

Did you know that over 400 billion Cups of Coffee are consumed annually, creating a staggering amount of waste for landfill and harmful CO2 Emissions?
Our Coffee supplier decided that it was time to do something, they say: ‘We are take pride in our commitment to the environment and our growers. Whilst we are Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance Certified; we felt not enough was being done once coffee left our warehouses. That's why we developed Eco Roast Technology - a carbon reducing, zero waste process to completely reduce the impact that coffee consumption has on the environment.’ We couldn’t agree more and are proud to be able to support this process!

So how does it work? Using ground-breaking technology to harness the energy from waste coffee products to produce a biomass fuel; which is then used to fuel a unique biomass fuelled coffee roaster.

The roaster is a new concept that uses waste coffee grounds to produce freshly roasted coffee to be consumed, collected and reused - creating a sustainable, environmentally friendly process.

Once we have used our coffee the grounds are stored for collection. When we receive a delivery of fresh coffee, this is collected for processing and the eco-roast process to begin the cycle all over again. By collecting the waste at the same time as delivering the coffee, from the tearooms where this process is available for, we also reduce the amount of carbon that would be generated in the collection of coffee waste to the landfill.

Other small ways we try to help is by only using companies that work alongside environmental groups such as Green Earth Appeal organisation to buy our Take Away Cups and paper we use everyday in the office.

As a business that takes in a fair few deliveries we are aware of how much waste cardboard this creates and are diligent in making sure that all of our cardboard goes in to the recycling bin for collection every week.

We are proud of our efforts and are positive that our customers are happy to know that coming in and enjoying our products can be done with a clean conscience!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Beatons ‘Bod’ for June: Emily our Sea-loving Turtle!

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: Emily

What's your role and what do you like best about your job?
I am a waitress and part of the Tisbury’s Front of House staff. I love interacting with the customers and building up good relationships, its so rewarding to see customers returning again and again! 

What's your favorite drink or edible from our menu?

I’d have to say that my favourite drink is the Soya Hot Chocolate, I like to add a shot of caramel in mine! If I’m trying to be healthier then I love the Gunpowder Tea, both delicious and comforting.

And how about your favourite book from our shelves?
That’s easy!  ‘Let them eat Cake’ by Gesine Bullock-Prado. Being on a plant based diet can sometime be restrictive when it comes to sweet treat, and this book has given me so much inspiration when it comes to yummy vegan recipes!

Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means most to you and why?
What I like best is the way everyone at Beatons is so welcoming, it creates a great atmosphere, too many other establishments just feel cold and unfriendly, not Beatons!

If you were an animal, what would you be?
I would probably be a Sea Turtle, I love the water so much and Sea Turtles always seem to be so peaceful and protective of their own.

Lastly, what are you most looking forward to in terms of Beatons' events or future plans?
I’m looking forward to gaining more experience and knowledge in my role, I don’t think you can ever stop learning!
Also I hear that exciting things are in store for Beatons as a group, so I am looking forward to seeing how we grow as a business.

J is for...Juicy new Smoothies and more!



If you have been in to your nearest Beatons during May then you will have noticed our exciting new menu options and our beautiful new menu look!

We are proud to be able to launch new items such as the Beatons Ploughman's, which has been received eagerly by our customers.

‘We both had an excellent Ploughman's - a new addition to the menu I believe - the slice of pork pie was scrummy! Will definitely have another one on our next visit!’

We have three delicious new salads now on our lunch menu, perfect for summery weather, which will your favourite be?!

-Goats Cheese and Red Onion Salad -Prawn, Orange, Avocado and red onion Salad -Warm Sweet Chilli Chicken Salad with Cashew nuts and Bacon.

If you fancy something hot with a bit of a kick, we now have a new take on our hugely popular Spicy Tuna melt and are offering a Chilli Beef melt, chilli con carne on toast, smothered in cheddar cheese. Just ask for our ‘vegi’ option on this if you prefer, our vegetarian option is just as delicious!Two new sandwiches are on the menu, beautifully matched flavours of Beef with Horseradish Sauce  and  also a Brie and Cranberry option, yum!

All you who are looking for a healthy and delicious drinks option, our fresh and fruity new smoothies will definitely be a hit! We have the Berry Blast, packed full of Vitamin C  from the mix of blackberries, strawberries and blackcurrants! Or opt for our Mighty Green smoothie fresh and delicious with kiwi, pear, mint, apple and avocado. 

If you’re looking for something naughty but nice instead, try our Hot Belgian Waffles, drizzled with Chocolate Sauce served with Vanilla Ice Cream or the classic Italian dessert, Affogato, a generous scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream served with a single shot of hot Espresso.We hope that you enjoy these new items as much as we have enjoyed tweaking and testing them, and we look forward to seeing you soon!



Lemongrass, Liquorice and Mint

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? Lemongrass and Mint

One of our more robust herbal teas, the distinctive 'deep' flavours of lemongrass, liquorice and mint make this highly restorative.
Aromatic and slightly astringent - it's a great germ killer! Lemongrass leaves and oil are used in medicines for a wide range of ailments from high blood pressure to rheumatism. When drunk regularly its anti-hyperlipidaemic and anti-hypercholesteraemic properties support healthy cholesterol levels. Like most teas it's high in antioxidants and flavonoids.

Some teas insist our taste buds travel east where curled mint
And lemongrass stroke bold hibiscus dressed in Beatons' pink...

Unsurprisingly, given its use in Southeast Asian cuisine, this is an infusion which complements savoury dishes as well as all our desserts. However, scones are made for this tea irrespective of whether you order cheese or sweet with cream and jam as it enhances the flavours of both. Order today and let us know which combination you like best!

Starting the day with Poetry and Pastries!

Events

Chester poetry group was founded and is run by Gill McEvoy and Annie Holland who are local poets and authors in Chester.

The group started with only five members at first and has gradually grown over the last two years to a present total of 15-17 poets most sessions and still growing.

A subject is chosen by Gill and Annie in advance and each poet who attends reads out either their own creation or their favourite poem (written by someone else) on each month’s subject.
A social aspect to the group has now developed with poets staying and chatting with other group members long after the poetry has finished.

The group meet at 9.30am on the first Monday of each month and have a cup of tea or coffee on entry and then after the poetry they have another drink with Beatons freshly baked pastry all for only £6.50.

Supporting Local Charity

Each of Tearooms are continuing to support their local charities this year by  the 'Communitea Cause' beverages on the menu. One's hot, one's cold and we have donated 25p and the customer has donated 25p (total 50p) to the 'Communitea Cause' from each order.  As well getting involved in events and donating raffle prizes.

Tisbury manager, Harry McGookin is pictured here with Jan Burns  handing over a cheque for the money raised so far for Sudep a charity. Find them on Facebook at:
Charlie Farley's SUDEP-Awareness




Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Delicate and Refreshing White Peony 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 tempt you to try
something a bit different today?

What is it? 

White Peony

Also known as China Pai Mu Tan or Bai Mu Dan, White Peony is a sweet, mild Chinese tea made from unopened tea buds, as well as one or two of the newest leaves that sprout.
the silver of the dawn is rising in my chest
allowing each new bud (unborn and sweet)-
that’s picked before the sun moves west
before the pickers dare to stop and eat-
to purify my mind, my heart, my blood
so when I meet the day I’m at my best
White Peony  Tea has a refreshing yet mellow and almost earthy flavour with highlights of a lightly sweet and smooth floral tone.
Although not a caffeine free tea, this tea is still very beneficial to us as it contains very high levels of antioxidants, great for cleansing our system.
If you are trying to be healthier this month why not pair it with something off our Elegant Options menu?