Tea of The Month: Lemongrass and Mint

Can we can 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.

Unsurprisingly, given its use in Southeast Asian cuisine, this is an infusion which complements savoury dishes as well as all our deserts. 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!

Meet March's Beatons Bod...Chloe!

Each month we dedicate a section of our monthly Bulletin to a new member of staff, our Beatons Bod. We like to do this as it introduces them to you, our customers and we all get to find out a bit more about them. This months Beatons Bod, is Chloe, a member of the team in our Tisbury location. 

What's your role and what do you like best about your job?
I am the supervisor at Beatons Tisbury. My role is to help the manager with the running of the tearoom, as well as working front of house and keeping customers happy so they spread the word about Beatons. What I like most about my job is that I’m able to try different items of food from our menu.

 What's your favourite drink or edible from our menu?  
I’d have to say the Mushroom Risotto—it’s top notch; followed by a big portion of our gluten free chocolate Brownie!

 And how about your favourite book from our shelves?  
‘John Whaite Bakes at Home’ by John Whaite, i’s full of delicious looking recipes! Can you see a theme here? I like my food!

 Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means the most to you and why?  
I really like how attentiveness is really focused upon. At Beatons we value our customers and want to provide them with the best service we can so they enjoy their experience and come and visit us again!

Finally, if you were an animal, what would you be?  
I would be a free-range, happy chicken! They have eggcellent little personalities!

Mother's Day, the Beatons Way

Being a mother is a job like no other job in the world; a job where it never ends and where motivation is fuelled purely by unconditional love and not reward. People say you’ll never be able to describe the feeling of being a parent until you are one, and that no matter how many books you’ve read and how prepared you think you are, this is a role that you will be forever learning from. 

As Mother’s Day approaches, we tend to remember all the things they’ve done for us throughout our lives, without us even noticing. Mother’s put us first quietly and discreetly, say when they let us have the last slice of cake even though they really wanted it, yet don’t make a fuss or drove us to the cinema to see our friends, when they should have been with theirs.  They look out for us, they guide us, and they teach us; they are the ones who will stay strong when you don’t know how to and will be in your corner even when you don’t know they’re there.

It’s easy to live your life without taking real notice of the little moments you share with your mother; the small inside jokes and the knowing looks you share, but when we reflect to the major moments in our lives, we always seem to have a constant, our mothers, no matter who that is to you.

Mothers come in many forms, from those looking after lots of young children who may get a gift of some daffodils and a home-made card over a questionable breakfast in bed, right through to the dignified Matriarchs we occasionally see in a Beatons, maybe more likely to be treated to a High Tea by grown up families!

 But what makes this time of the year so special is that whatever their age, it’s that one day of the year when the children are all allowed to be proud of their Mum.

While reading this I suspect you have thought about your own mother and the times you’ve spent together or perhaps have noticed the mothers currently in the tearoom and with Mother’s Day creeping around the corner one can often find themselves thinking what should we do to celebrate or what present should I buy? But I believe that while 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, than a generic gift that they may never use – something our mothers have been doing our entire lives. Mother’s Day should be a day where you take the time to remember and cherish all the things about your loved one. With 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.

On Mothering Sunday, at our Tisbury and Blandford locations we will be exclusively serving Afternoon High Teas from 12pm onwards for you to spend quality time with your mother and create memories that’ll last a life time (booking is recommended).

                                                                                                 Emily Hoskins Jones, Engagement Quartermaster

Tea of the Month: Lapsang Souchong

Can we can tempt you to try something a bit different today?

What is it?
Lapsang Souchong

For those who like a smoke without the dangers…

Lapsang Souchong is as pungent as the finest Cuban cigar which makes it a firm favourite with gentlemen who like port and a good book. It’s also said that Lapsang helps strengthen your immunity, protecting you from the viruses that lead to colds and the flu.

 ‘Lapsang stirs at four, he lights his smoky
Cigarette that tastes of all things slow and smells
Od damp dark woods where pandas go
He lets its earthy fragrance speak for him
He lets the taste of black that’s lingering
Snuff out the bright and crazy of the day
His brand of lazy speaks of time to play’

Why not try this beautiful smoky tea? It accompanies our tasty rarebits and spicy dishes beautifully.

Meet February's Beatons Bod...Robbie!

Each month we dedicate a section of our monthly Bulletin to a new member of staff, our Beatons Bod. We like to do this as it introduces them to you, our customers and we all get to find out a bit more about them. This months Beatons Bod, is Robbie a member of the team in our Blandford location. 

Beatons ‘Bod’ for February

What's your role and what do you like best about your job?
I am a cook here at Beatons Blandford. My favourite part of the job is when we have a really busy lunch period as I get to prove myself in the kitchen and it gives me a sense of achievement when it’s over. It’s also great to see the customers happy.

What's your favourite drink or edible from our menu?  
That's a hard a question because there are so many to choose from, but I don’t think you can go wrong with a classic strong coffee; I certainly need one in the morning!

And how about your favourite book from our shelves?  

Fifty Shades of Chicken by F.L. Fowler. I like this book because chicken is my favourite meat to eat and cook with and it shows it in lots of different ways. It also shows various techniques that I haven't seen before and I like to learn new ways of cooking, this way I can expand my skills.  

Which of the ways we like to go about things at Beatons means the most to you and why?  
Probably how much teamwork and communication is focused on. I think that it is important to have good communication with your team as this avoids mistakes and we can provide high quality food and service. I also like the breakfast menu at Beatons as we put a different, yet delicious twist on the food.      

Finally, if you were an animal, what would you be?  

I would be a hedgehog because I like to hide away in the kitchen. 

For the Love of Tea

February is here, the month of love and what do we love? Tea!

From our traditional English Breakfast to Gunpowder and everything in between, there isn’t an occasion that we can’t find to drink a cup of our favourite tea. To say we Brits have had a long-time love affair with the drink would be far from the truth. Despite the passion we have for it, a lot of us don’t really know much about different the types of tea; when best to drink it and what benefits they have for us.  With the help of Beatons’ Tea Ambassador, Harry, we’ve put together a list of our teas that we recommend you try! 

Morning Teas

Aside from our classics, English Breakfast and Beatons Brew, we recommend trying our Assam and Non-Such Bop. While the Assam has a more malty and jammy-like flavour and Non-Such Bop has a lighter and more orange blossom like flavour, both are full bodied black teas that are best brewed for 5 minutes. As well as this, both teas share a moderate level of caffeine, perfect to give you a kick start to your day.

Afternoon Teas

To accompany your sweet treats in the afternoon, we recommend Darjeeling and our Ceylon teas. Darjeeling is also known as the ‘Champagne of Teas’, as it very much suits the flavours of a Cream Tea. Best served without milk, Darjeeling has a delicate flavour as well as a subtle astringency with classic muscatel character. Ceylon like Darjeeling is a great compliment to sweet cakes. A medium-bodied tea but with a full astringent, refreshing and lively flavour.

Evening Teas

For the evening, when you just want to unwind and relax, we suggest nothing more than a pot of Jasmine Blossom. This green tea has a delicately sweet and fruity taste with a floral scent. With a low caffeine content, it’s perfect to enjoy in the evening without the worry of it keeping you up through the night. Should you like your tea sweet, with Jasmine Blossom we suggest adding honey rather than sugar; it’s also best served without milk!
Many of our teas are high in antioxidants, meaning they provide lots of health benefits to us. Some of the things our teas and teas in general are known to provide aid in and help prevent are heart disease, strokes and cancers. Whether you drink black tea, green tea or white tea determines which benefits you’ll receive. Green tea is notorious for lowing the chance of cognitive impairment, as well as calming digestive issues; while red tea is naturally caffeine free and low in tannins, meaning it doesn’t interfere in the absorption of nutrients such as iron. So not only does tea taste great, it does great things too!

Alongside the teas recommended above, here are some more slightly less known teas we believe you should try.

Dong Ding Oolong - A light bodied Oolong tea with a refreshing and smooth light taste and a slight hint of peach flavour.

White Peony – A light bodied special White Tea, hand made Orthodox style. An exotic, yet light and delicate floral perfume flavour, infamous of Kenyan Teas.

Matcha Genmaicha – A low bodied Green Tea originating in Japan. Matcha has a naturally sweet, toasty flavour with vegetative green freshness and is great for energising you despite the low caffeine content.

Don’t forget that we are also now selling a selection of our teas, some of which we’ve spoken about above. They’re perfect as a gift or to enjoy your favourite Beatons Tea at home, ask a member of the team for more information.

                                                                                                                                                      Emily Hoskins Jones 
                                                                                                                                     Engagement Quartermaster

Tea of The Month: Matcha Genmaicha

Our tea of the month is always a little easier on your purse and usually has great health benefits. 

Can we can tempt you to try something a bit different today?

What is it?
Matcha Genmaicha

Matcha Genmaicha is called 'popcorn tea' because of the popped toasted brown rice that gives it a distinctively nutty and natural sweetness. 

It's a great tea to help us with all the post-Christmas health promises that we made for ourselves, as it's made up of high-grade Japanese Sencha leaves; which provide not only a great flavour but are also great for our health! Green tea has a higher level of antioxidants than black tea and even more than some vegetables!

Another great benefit is that Genmaicha has an active ingredient called theanine, which communicates with your brain and has a soothing, relaxation feeling...perfect to enjoy whilst indulging in some quiet 'me time' at Beatons.