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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoe Moxham on 01747 871819 or email@example.com
Liz Darcy Jones on 07940 584752 or firstname.lastname@example.org