W is for Wonder...

Wonder. It stops us in our tracks. Perhaps it’s a new twist on a taste, the delight of seeing  something familiar presented in a fresh way or the silence of a summer night sky.
Wonder is quiet but begs to be shared. Then, with a pinch of ‘pixie dust’ it expands into ‘wonder-full’! Have you ever experienced that magical moment of sharing ‘wonder’?

Creating wonderful new dishes is at the heart of our new Summer Menu Makeover. The menus themselves are also a little more elegantly presented so you’ll find them easier on the eye.

But no matter how descriptive my words, they pale against the taste experience! It’s the difference between a Facebook like and feeling an arm gently pop round your shoulders… Consequently, all I’m going to do is point you to a few of our new menu ‘day stars’:

·         At Breakfast
- The Beatons Breakfast Restorative delivers a sun-kissed satisfying start with Chorizo and Potato Gratin with poached eggs, red peppers, spinach and onion

- wholesome Sourdough Toast plays host to crushed avocado and a grilled tomato, topped with a poached egg (my favourite superfoods)

·        Linger Over Lunch with a Friend
- Twin stars are our new Sharing Platters, whether you want a taste of the sea with Smoked Mackerel Pâté, ‘Marie Rose’ Prawns and Smoked Salmon or a moon of Garlic and Rosemary Baked Camembert with caramelized chutney.

- Our not-just-for-vegans star is a Mushroom Risotto oozing depth and richness with an indulgent drizzle of truffle oil

- Forget cooking in the evening! Bring along your husband or partner and tuck into our new Lasagne with Garlic Bread.

·      A Meteor Shower of Goodness in a Glass
The newest non-alcoholic alternative to champagne – Kombucha – arrives to High Street Tearooms via Beatons! Try this sparkling brewed tea, swimming with pro-biotics to rocket-fuel the rest of your day.

And who’s responsible for creating, adapting, testing and ensuring these stars really will satisfy and add sparkle to your day? Food Ambassador and Operations Manager at ‘Beatons Central’ – Ben Moxham (aided by an army of willing tasters!)  Thanks Ben.

Liz Darcy Jones

Tea of The Month: Mr Smooth of the tea menu...

What is it?

Zesty 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 or Apple & Almond Cakes to accompany it? 

Celebrating Fathers Day, the Beatons Way

Fathers Day is creeping around the corner, and one can often find themselves thinking what should we do to celebrate or what present should I buy? But I believe that though the materialistic aspects are nice, they detract from what the purpose and the intent of the day really is - remembering and cherishing your loved one.

With materialistic items so easy to reach nowadays, I feel the thoughtfulness behind the gift vanishes. Of course, yes it's lovely to receive something but if it wasn't given with love and care, is it as special? For me, time is something that is very underrated. Spending quality time with a loved one and giving them your undivided attention says more about how you care for them (something we're very proud of in our tearooms), than a generic gift that they may never use. Fathers Day should be a day where you take the time to remember and cherish all of the things about your loved one, not only who can buy the best present. With everything going on in day-to-day life it's very easy to forget about the people closest to you and what they bring to your life. Take this day and every other day to treat them, make them feel special and just be with them. The gift of time creates memories, it creates a bond between people and whether you are spending it at home watching the telly, playing a game or even visiting one of our tearooms, the memories created will leave a far stronger mark in your loved one's mind, than anything else.

Happy Fathers Day.

                                                                         - Emily, Engagement Quartermaster 

Being Green at Beatons

It's 2018 and now more than ever the question of 'am I being green enough?' is on everybody's minds, including ours. Being 100% environmentally friendly can be incredibly difficult, especially when you're an independent business, however, we believe that any change is a good change.

Although our take-away cups are not yet bio degradable (this is something we are looking into as well as, reducing our plastic waste and increasing our paper use), we do work with The Green Earth Appeal – a not-for-profit social enterprise, via our cup suppliers Printed Cup Company. For every cup we order we pay the Green Earth Appeal to plant 5 young trees which will replace the paper used in the manufacturing of our cups. This is also something our coffee supplier, 918 Coffee Co. Are involved in a well and plants 10 new fruit trees for every new customer order. They are also the only company to have a unique solution to coffee waste, including coffee grounds collection and recycling. Whilst planting trees may seem like a simple solution to a massive global problem, this one action can lessen the impact of global warming and enhance biodiversity.  

Tea of The Month: A Chinese tea with lightly sweet floral tones...

What is it?

White Peony

Also known as 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.  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.

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

If you are trying to be healthier this month why not pair it with something off our Elegant Options menu?

Beatons Petersfield Charity Book Event especially for Vegans and the Dairy-free!

Please note - this event has been cancelled through lack of ticket sales (we suspect the football and weather may have something to do with it!) although we have plenty of copies of Agata's book in the tearooms

Something special! Enjoy a slice of our scrumptious vegan cake and an equally delicious taste from Agata's dairy-free cook book.  Raise funds for FitzRoy too - 'Dairy Free and Cake and Tea'! 
When?  Sunday 1st July 2.30 pm (after the market)

By Who? Agata Andryszczak - local Hampshire author who knows how to make food irresistible  (especially breakfasts!) even if you're a Crohns sufferer or on a restricted diet.

Tickets: £6 per person in advance (limited numbers) direct from Beatons Petersfield. We'll donate a massive £3 per ticket to FitzRoy (our charity of the year). Reserve yours now by calling us on 01730 858856 or, better still, popping in 30 High Street, Petersfield, GU32 3JL (towards the Heath, across the road from M & S Food).

Includes: Vegan Cake, filter coffee or Beatons Brew (our most popular loose-leaf tea).

Early Applause to a Generous Author! Agata has generously agreed to give £2.00 from the sale of every copy of the book sold at the event to FitzRoy, supporting people with learning disabilities and autism - a great local cause.

Fifi and the Beatons Petersfield Team

P.S. Did you know our 'Elegant Options' menu has a wonderful selection of dishes catering for those on gluten-free, vegan, protein-rich and dairy-free diets? 

We're giving you a Taste of the Royal Wedding All Day Saturday!

Come in for a taste of the Wedding Breakfast!
Yes, we've got a beautiful take on Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding Cake!

You're invited to enjoy a complimentary piece of Elderflower and Lemon cake, along with a complimentary cup of our perfectly paired 'Duchess Earl Grey' tea all day long on Saturday 19th May.

Come along to your nearest Beatons Tearooms and celebrate with us! It's a lovely way of sharing our gracious hospitality freely...

You'll be treated like royalty!

Read more about the relevance of this union to you and how we're supporting the couple's nominated charity here.

Beatons Engagement Team

* Prince Harry and Meghan Markle picture credit: www.royal.uk