Tuesday, 21 March 2017

World Poetry Day

Here at 'Beatons Central' we believe poetry belongs everywhere, including the business environment.

Every new franchisee is presented with a copy of  'Distinguished Leaves: Poems for tea-lovers' so they can get to know their teas and (possibly for some) discover poetry can actually be fun and inspiring!  Written by Liz Darcy Jones, Britain's Tea Poet, this is a delightful book which brings the characters of different teas to life in a most poetic way.

Take a look at this fantastic poem below also by Liz, written to seek out initial interest from potential franchisees to join Beatons in the next step of their success story.

Could You Be Our Cecil?

Are you our Cecilia? Or could you be our Cecil?
Name and gender? Irrelevant, but don't stay nestled
fast asleep in dreams of elegant spaces where you'd serve high tea
Wake up! Today is full of opportunity...

At Beatons, books, tea, coffee, calm and carrot cake
give the best of everything guests take their time and pleasure
while we enable you to serve with grace the kind of customers we all treasure
Beatons offer you their brand of care and expertise
benefitting you as Beatons franchisees

Are you our Cecil, friend of Cha and teabud Ms Camellia?
Is being organised a joy, and serving cake to rival Delia?
then, like Beaton make your mark and set yourself apart
from creatures of the commonplace, align yourself with those who value art
do you want a business that not only makes you money but warms your heart and satisfies the rumble in your tummy?
Join Beatons' founder - Patrick - help the British economy
make serving a profession! Are you nodding Cecil, smiling Cecily?
Perhaps you are our kind of franchisee?


Reproduced courtesy of the author
Copyright © 2013 Elizabeth Darcy Jones

For more information regarding Franchising click here.
To listen to more of Liz's poetry click Here


We raise a cup of our finest loose leaf tea to all UK poets celebrating World Poetry Day.

Take a look here on our website for monthly poems alongside our book reviews. We have a great Easter themed one coming up in April.

Today is about poetry, so why don't you pop in to us, browse our poetry section... or perhaps take some time to sit and enjoy one of our delicious Tea's or Coffee's and try your own hand at writing some poetry?


Monday, 6 March 2017

Praise for Tisbury Beatons.

Winter Praise for Beatons in Tisbury.

We are so proud of all the brilliant feedback that we have received over the last few months, take a look at some of the fantastic comments about our Beatons in Tisbury.



‘This was our first visit and really enjoyed it. Unlike some afternoon teas, you could choose your own sandwiches and cakes from a selection, and were offered a choice of sweet or savoury scones. A comprehensive list of tea was available. The quality and service was very good.’

'Tea-rrific!'

‘Excellent afternoon tea with great service in cosy setting. Special visit here was well worth the journey. Highly recommended.’


'A perfect delight, treat yourself!'

‘Beatons is our excuse to cycle around Tisbury, a 10-mile ride justifies tea and the BEST carrot cake in the country. During extensive research, we mark all others on the Beatons Scale, theirs is 10*.’

‘Hannah was a very polite and helpful waitress and my breakfast was delicious :)’

‘5 stars’

‘Always love nipping into Beatons. Great tea, great cakes and lovely staff.’

Praise for Beatons in Blandford.

Winter Praise for Beatons in Blandford.

We are so proud of all the brilliant feedback that we have received over the last few months, take a look at some of the fantastic comments about our Beatons in Blandford.

‘Lovely soup! Came in one lunchtime and had a lovely carrot and coriander soup...just the job. Friendly staff and nice surroundings.’

‘Blandford Forum has many cafes but this one is just lovely. It is bright and airy and beyond pleasant. Clean and with lovely staff. Light meals, lovely cakes. The winner is the tea. Served in a pot, complete with timer!

‘Great Customer service’

‘We have visited Beatons 3 times now, I love the fresh atmosphere, the service is absolutely excellent.’

‘Stunning service and beautiful food’

‘This place is a real gem!!!! OMG! The food is great - fantastic selection of cakes and sandwiches for those who are celiac. A little book shop too in the cafe. Just wonderful in every way!!’

“Perfect, this was my second visit I was very impressed on how things had improved (my first visit had been disappointing but they had only just opened) the staff were polite and attentive. The coffee was lovely and the cakes were delicious. The room is light and airy you are not crammed in.’

‘How do I love you? Let me count the ways...’


‘Terrific sarnies; on a bit of diet, chose sarnies , served with great looking and tasting salad, and they were delicious - and great staff - and menu very varied - a job to choose! Great decor... book shop... well done Beatons will be back.’

‘Lovely Tearooms. My mother and I thought the food was delicious. Great place to go as very accommodating to those with gluten/lactose intolerance, so I was happy! The hot chocolate is so delicious, took half of the enormous cup as a take-out as so deliciously rich and filling....The Vicar of Dibley would have been in chocolate heaven!!! ‘

‘The staff are very good and made the whole Beatons experience a joy.’

‘Lovely staff -and lovely high tea that was bought as a birthday present. Staff boxed up cake to take home as couldn't eat it all. Would definitely recommend!’

‘Very friendly and polite! Enjoyed my Indian spiced tea and soda rose drink.’

‘Only just discovered Beatons having been to all the cafés in Blandford this is definitely my favourite! The soup is delicious.’

‘Afternoon tea was excellent and very filling, what we couldn't finished was boxed for us to take home.’

‘Superb’


‘What a very pleasant happy place to have a light lunch. We had a selection of tuna, ham and pickle sandwiches.my mother had a medley of mushrooms...all yummy followed by toffee and apple cake.’

‘The most enjoyable things out here is the excellent service from the waiter and waitress, very, very polite and attentive, they both repeatedly offered service to the customers, such a dedicated team!’

‘Lovely Cream Tea’


‘Visited with a friend one afternoon and enjoyed a lovely cream tea. Excellent choice of teas, cakes looked tempting too. Staff were polite and friendly, the decor and ambience was great - love all the books on display. Would definitely return, perhaps for a light lunch.’

Praise for Crowthorne

Winter Praise for Beatons in Crowthorne.

We are so proud of all the brilliant feedback that we have received over the last few months, take a look at some of the fantastic comments about our Beatons in Crowthorne.



‘I would highly recommend this establishment’

‘Charming and lovely food, my son and I visited for sandwiches and cake. Both were delicious. The tea was served as tea should be! In a teapot and with a timer to get the best brew!’

‘Lovely place for a hot chocolate & cake’

‘Popped in here with my mum a short while ago and it's lovely. I had been walking past the window for a few weeks and it always looked welcoming so thought we'd try it out. It was a busy place for a very good reason. The service is great, very friendly & helpful staff & the best hot chocolate I've had in ages! I hope this little gem continues to draw people in and stay in business, it beats Costa & co hands down... You don't have to wait 30 mins for a takeaway coffee for starters :)’

‘Lovely, friendly place to meet.’

‘All day hot snacks, a wide range of teas and a very pleasant environment surrounded by books and photographs by Cecil Beaton makes this a great addition to Crowthorne cafe culture.’

‘Great scones and an amazing selection of teas. Loved it when scone served with a fresh cut strawberry on the side - don't stop doing this please, it's the little things which often make the difference.’

‘Great coffees. You should market these more! The food was fresh & well cooked! Worth going back, even just for the coffee. Wish there was one nearer!’

‘Really nice food and coffee. I would love to go back’

‘Lovely tea room and delicious breakfasts would highly recommend.’

 ‘Stunning carrot cake’

‘Absolutely love Beatons. Visited for the first time 6 days ago and have been twice since! Cosy atmosphere, fab extensive menu, lovely food beautifully presented and cooked to order, great drinks (love the egg timer delivered with the pot of tea!) and friendly, welcoming and engaging staff. Cannot recommend highly enough. Thank you.’

‘Excellent food and drink, but more important was the outstanding service.’

‘It is like going into a place where you feel comfortable, they love to serve and always have time for you, always clean and bright.’

‘First time here and will definitely come again. Sitting here enjoying a cup of earl grey tea. Great smoked salmon sandwich. Love, love the Beatons Bulletins it's nice to see paper copy. Nice and spacious. Girls serving are great. I was on my own and did not feel out of place.'

‘First visit very nice, lovely staff, super coffee (gone off large coffee franchises), cakes look wonderful, I will be back to try them! Breakfast bagel was tasty. Highly recommend a visit.
I'll be back soon’

‘First visit. Popped in on our way home. We aren't local to Crowthorne. The tearooms were a lovely surprise. I had carrot and parsnip soup, polished off with a slice of gluten free Victoria sponge cake (shared I may add!!!!) and a pot of tea! We'll be going back. It was lovely they were helpful with gluten intolerance. Very friendly.’

‘Great tea, very friendly and welcoming service. Already planning our next visit to try their sundaes!’

‘I love this tea shop... Or is it coffee shop.... Great choice of coffees available... The Sumatran is fabulous... But good choice of different teas.. If that's your thing.. The menu is different... Choice of sandwiches or croque type cheese on toast with fab jacket potatoes... Scones and jam... Toasted tea cakes.. Home made cakes the carrot cake is to die for... Love the decor.. All pink and white... This is a great place to meet for lunch... Afternoon tea... Morning coffee.... I will be back.. Soon..’


‘What a wonderful British tea room to visit.’

‘Thank you,

Paul and your friendly staff for making our visit such a treat.’

‘I would recommend this tea room to anyone who really wants to enjoy a lovely British tea experience.’


Praise for Chester

Winter Praise for Beatons in Chester.
We are so proud of all the brilliant feedback that we have received over the last few months, take a look at some of the fantastic comments about our Beatons in Chester.


‘Called in by chance when visiting the Cathedral, so happy we did, the service from entry to exit was exceptional, the Food was very well presented, was very tasty, and had good portions. The Tearoom was spotless, indeed the restrooms are some of the best presented and cleanest I have visited for a long time. We would certainly come again.’

‘Tea shop in excellent position next to Chester Cathedral and near the city walls. Welcoming, pleasant staff and efficient service. Pretty, bright decor and cosy on a cold day. Generous sized freshly-baked scones - cheese and plain with lashings of jam and cream. Huge choice of loose-leaf teas. Families with children enjoyed books displayed on shelves. Well-presented toilets.’

‘Excellent relaxing lunch’

‘Quality service, nice ambience, very helpful staff and good afternoon tea.’

‘Freshly made sandwiches with lots of filling with nice fresh choice of bread, scones lovely and light.’

‘I'm a fairly frequent visitor to Chester but hadn't been to Beatons before. Stopped off on a cold winter’s afternoon for tea. Very warm welcome. I had tea and a toasted tea cake but there was a lovely selection of cakes, some gluten free, and also more substantial dishes such as soup and sandwiches. The decor is bright and fresh looking. The service is prompt and friendly. Even the toilets are bright spacious. A very pleasant experience.’

‘Stopped in at Beatons for a quick tea break during our sightseeing of Chester. What a lovely find! The cakes looked very inviting and there is a large choice of teas and coffees. The service was quick, the restaurant was clean and the toilets were spotless.’

‘It’s posh, but not too posh, it’s homely, welcoming and faultless in what it does, the food is divine, the service faultless and the tastes amazing. Cannot fault it at all, well done’


‘Tucked away near the Cathedral this is the place to have a really good cuppa - and there are a wide range of teas to choose from. We stopped by for lunch. The mackerel pate was really good and the carrot cake was packed with dried fruits and nuts. Really good service.’

‘Great place for afternoon tea. We had tea and cake - generous portions so you need to have an appetite. The scones were lovely too. Great choice of teas.’


‘Amazing choice of homemade cakes that were top quality, nice ambience and very pleasant fresh décor.’

‘Came for tea and cakes whilst visiting Chester. The place is beautiful, and the cakes and scones are possibly the best I've ever had!’

‘Absolutely delicious and reasonably priced. The staff were lovely and attentive too. Would definitely come back when next in Chester.’

‘Quiet oasis in the busy city.'


‘There were some really lovely touches such as an egg-timer that, once it had run out, meant the tea was brewed to the optimum strength. The bookshelves were full of unusual books, mostly non-fiction (I'd like to see more fiction) but also a shelf dedicated to local authors which was lovely to see! My mum is extremely fussy with coffee and will only go to Carluccio's for a good cup, but she said the coffee at Beaton's was as good, if not better. There was also a ridiculous amount of tea on offer, but as a tea lover, I'm not complaining!’

‘This is a little gem of a find!'

‘Great as ever. As well as good food and service, Beatons has a really pleasant interior - light, airy and lots of room. Unlike many cafes and restaurants, they haven't crammed as many tables as possible into the space available, but have left things roomy and relaxed. Highly recommended, especially if you're visiting the (hugely underrated) Chester Cathedral.’

‘Had such a lovely afternoon tea for my birthday with my 3 daughters. Staff so lovely and professional. It is our new go-to place when we visit Chester’

“Great for lunch and afternoon tea, wonderful place, the perfect escape from the cold outside’

 ‘A 'posh' tearoom which is welcoming too.’

‘Excellent, lovely friendly staff, great scones, great ambience, great toilets - what more could one ask. Highly recommended.’

‘A lucky find. Chanced upon here when returning to town from the (do yourself a favour and visit) Falconry centre behind the Cathedral.
I am not surprised to see that it is currently No.4 on Tripadvisor for Chester tea and coffee as it was lovely.
This was one of those unfortunately rare places where they have got everything right. You could see that a lot of love and effort was being put into the business and it really paid off.'


‘Lovely addition to Chester's cafe scene. Please try not to miss a visit to Beatons Tearooms when you're in Chester! It has a welcoming ambience, gorgeous décor, friendly and profession staff and wonderful food. Their presentation of a cup of tea is hard to describe - suffice to say, you'll love it!’