Monday, 3 April 2017

Whats on in our Tearooms: April

Friday 21st April Evening Dinner at Beatons from 7pm 
2 course including coffee £19 pp
3 course including coffee £24 pp
Menu available in the Tearoom or email

Advance bookings only.

Friday, April 28th 3C’s Networking Breakfast 8:30am- 9:30am.For info go to

Sunday May 7th 4.30pm Book event with author Stephen Deutsch.
Tickets are £6.50 includes a cream Tea.
To Book visit the tearooms, or give us a call. 01258 269515

Tuesday April 18th 8:30am- 9:30am 3C’s Networking Breakfast. For more info go to

Monday April 3rd Poetry Breakfast Club, 9.30 am

Tuesday April 11th Book Club 10 am

For more info email or give them a call on 01244 950761

Two Tearooms Please!

Double Delight as Beatons Signs its First Lady Franchisees

Patrick Duffy M.D. and founder of
 Beatons Tearooms.

Tisbury based tearooms and bookshop group, Beatons, have signed up two new franchisees in the space of a week! The signings – marking Beatons’ first two female franchisees – were prompted by serendipitous visits to Beatons Blandford and to the group’s stand at The Franchise Show at London’s Excel. It takes the number of Beatons Tearooms to six, extending their reach into South Dorset and neighbouring Hampshire. The search is now on to find two perfect premises to roll out the successful model which makes hotel-style afternoon tea an elegant but affordable high street pleasure.

With three franchises all run by men, the new signings to the two ‘first ladies’ have delighted M.D. and Founder, Patrick Duffy who said, ‘It’s great to have confirmation from the largest group within our customer base that Beatons conjures up their dream tearooms business as well as being the place to enjoy quintessentially English Afternoon Tea.’

Patrick Duffy, with new Franchisee
Angela Thorn

In the case of Bournemouth resident, Angela Thorn, it was a visit to Beatons Blandford as a customer which ignited her interest in becoming a franchise owner. ‘I just left smiling inside and out, feeling absolutely restored.’ The prospect of owning an elegant Beatons – its name and interior styling is inspired by costume designer and Royal photographer Cecil Beaton –   will fulfil a life-long wish to own a business which is service and community focused.

Hot on the heels of this signing, Beatons welcomed its second ‘first lady’ franchisee who successfully applied after visiting the group’s stand at London Excel’s Franchise Show and was enchanted both by its mock-up tearooms and with Beatons ethos. She will be looking to find suitable premises in one of Hampshire’s market towns.
Patrick Duffy and Liz Darcy Jones
 (Non Executive Director of Beatons)
 along with new franchisee
Angela Thorn and her partner Tony.

The future looks bright – probably ‘Beatons pink’ – for the group whose unmistakable brand of gracious hospitality has just seen its flagship Tisbury tearoom enjoy the busiest week in its history.  The smiles on the ‘First Ladies’ faces during afternoon high tea ‘the Beatons’ way’ after the formal signing of their Agreements suggest it’s a colour they can’t wait to adopt as their own.

Further information:
Patrick Duffy is always pleased to provide media interviews – call Zoe Moxham on 01747 871819 or e-mail who will be happy to arrange an appointment and supply High Res images.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

The official National Tea Day

Did you know?

The official National Tea Day party takes place at Kensington Roof Gardens in London on the 21st of April.

We didn’t want this day to go by with out us mentioning it and encouraging all of you to try something new at our Tearooms.

We know it’s easy to stick with what you know you like...but the 21st of April is the perfect day to be adventurous try something to-tea-lly different!

Go fruity with our Malibu Dream or smoky with our Lapsang Souchong, or add a bit of spice to your life with our Kuchipudi Masala Chai Tea, we have over 30 different Teas to try  so don’t be shy!

If you use twitter, Facebook or Instagram use the #nationalteaday to take part. We will be tweeting, so you should too, let us know what amazing new tea you have tried, or post a photo. 

Remember to tag us with @beatonstearooms.

Beatons ‘Bod’ for February

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: Charles Collins

What's your role and what do you like best about your job?
Hi, I’m Charles, I work as a waiter in Blandford over the weekends. I have only just started working here and am enjoying learning to provide great service to customers and work well with the rest of the lovely Blandford team!

What's your favorite drink or edible from our menu?
I love the Italian hot chocolate, I have a sweet tooth and always have enough room for this delicious ‘desert-like’ drink! -not forgetting the cream on top too!
The Croque Madame is a wonderful creation and Beatons certainly do it justice, what's not to like about this dish? It’s not too large if you’re after a light lunch, but you can always order the Grande Monsieur if you’re feeling extra hungry! The soups are a close second though, I love all the different options we serve here.

And how about your favourite book from our shelves?
Although I am not a big reader, my passion is films and the making and directing of them. I have found it interesting looking through the books we stock about Cecil Beaton and his part in designing sets and costumes for famous films like My Fair Lady.

Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means most to you and why?
I like the personal touch that comes with the Beatons service, and the fact that the team genuinely put the customer first. I also love how everyone is so close with each other in the team. I feel this is something rare in an establishment like this and makes the whole experience more fulfilling.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
I would like to be a house cat, they have a pretty easy time of it!

Lastly, what are you most looking forward to in terms of Beatons' events or future plans?
I’m looking forward to becoming more experienced here, working Front of House is more difficult than I initially anticipated, but I have a good teacher-thanks Ben!

Mother's Day Praise

We want to say well done to all of you who thought to treat your mum to a special afternoon tea at Beatons! 

We took a lot of bookings in all of our Tearooms, and enjoyed the atmosphere of familial love that filled each of them. We felt privileged to have been able to be a part of serving up your gratitude, along with serving up bubbly, tea, cake, scones and sandwiches of course!
We hope that all were satisfied, in fact we know that a lot of you couldn't manage to finish all on offer...remember to be prepared next time and maybe skip your lunch!
(Although  we are always happy to box the scones and cakes up for you)

A couple of the lovely feedback comments we had were....

'Booked this as an early mothers day treat for my mum and grandma. Only booked 24 hours in advance but, by all accounts, was lucky to get in so book early!
Really really lovely tea. Linen table clothes and napkins with china tea cups. The table was all laid ready for us. So much food we struggled to eat it all. Sandwiches and scones obviously freshly made. My grandma has very high standards in terms of scones and she was very impressed!
Would highly recommend for a lovely treat.'

'Lovely & clean tearooms with friendly and attentive staff! Food was delicious, I thoroughly enjoyed my Mothers Day treat there yesterday. I will visit again and would certainly recommend.'

'Amazing customer service & great Mothers Day afternoon tea!
We had a brilliant time at Beatons in Tisbury. We booked a table for afternoon tea for mothers day and turned up early. This wasn't any trouble for the staff. 
We sat down and leisurely enjoyed our sandwiches, cakes, scones - there was plentiful of it, with additional teas/coffees. We left full, and with a doggy bag! 
Would go back and recommend. Thanks for a lovely Mothering Sunday.'

Chamomile- Soothing, sweet and rather mild

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?

Brew a cup of fragrant chamomile tea to enjoy many chamomile tea benefits! This herbal tea is said to ease insomnia, boost your immune system, banish menstrual cramps, and much, much more.
Chamomile - which can also be spelled 'camomile' - is a daisy-like herb renowned in folk and traditional medicine for its health, cosmetic, and nutritional benefits.

Chamomile's a sleepy child
Soothing, sweet and rather mild
And in her fragrance gives us rest
So we may make the night our guest.

This tea is delicious as it comes, or with a little honey, it’s also beautifully refreshing as an iced tea for those warmer days.
The perfect tea to accompany a lazy afternoon in our Tearooms, perhaps whilst browsing our books or reading the latest Beatons Bulletin!

H is for...Gracious Hospitality

We use this expression frequently in our Tearooms to sum up the service that we want to provide, but what exactly do we mean?

Lets define:
Gracious: pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous, characterised by good taste, comfort, ease, or luxury.
Hospitality: the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.

Our aim at Beatons is to offer gracious hospitality toward all of our customers, to behave in a warm, sincere and gracious manner. We would love all of our customers to sense our desire to serve and understand their individual needs, so we may then provide this level service and hopefully at times even exceed their expectations! 

We do this by greeting each of our customers as they come through our doors and by being attentive to their needs in a gracious manner, whilst they relax in our Tearooms. 
Part of our ethos at Beatons is to create an atmosphere where all can feel relaxed, cosy and have time to stop and take a moment out from everything. 

We want to encourage you to slow down and really take time to pause, reflect and restore from the moment you put your foot in the door!
Take a look online at our blog post entitled, ‘the secret of slow’ to find out how part of us providing gracious hospitality links with slowing things down. The Secret of Slow

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We will keep you up to date on any events coming up in your local Tearooms, if you're not online though all of our events will be mentioned in the Bulletin of course!

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!


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