Inspired by the photographer, Cecil Beaton, Beaton’s Tearooms pride themselves on bringing “gracious hospitality, homemade cakes and light meals to your table seven days a week.” Greg and I went to try it out for ourselves to see whether it lived up to these standards…
Seeing as Greg and I are temporarily homeless and having to live just outside of Salisbury, we decided to pop into Tisbury. It is a quaint little village located about eleven miles from Salisbury and it is surprising what it has to offer for a village.
For a small village, Tisbury has a lot going for it: fishmongers, butchers, Co-Op, wine shop, post office, banks, charity shops, takeaways, pubs, a train station, and last but not least, a Beaton’s Tearooms.
The Tisbury Beaton’s Tearooms was the first store to open in the franchise with other stores now being located in Blandford, Chester, Crowthorne, New Milton and Petersfield. They also offer a selection of books which is a very clever idea for a small village like Tisbury, especially considering the majority of the residents are retired which makes it easier for them to purchase books and not have the hassle of venturing into Salisbury.
As it was coming up to midday and neither of us had eaten, Greg and I were both hungry so decided to pop in for lunch (Well brunch in Greg’s eyes) to see what the tearoom had to offer. Upon entering, we were welcomed by friendly staff and seated instantly.
The tearoom is small and cosy yet has enough space to not make you feel squashed in despite the tearoom having a good amount of people seated in it. It has a lovely and welcoming atmosphere that also makes you feel quite at home. I imagine this is very popular with locals and visitors alike.
We were given menus as soon as we were seated, and as you would expect with tearooms, it had a good selection of cakes, breakfasts, brunches, light lunches and a variety of hot and cold drinks.
Drinks-wise, I decided to opt for a chai latte whilst Greg chose a black coffee – surprise, surprise… The chai latte was sweeter than I was expecting but still very nice nevertheless. It had plenty of cinnamon and was served at the perfect temperature – what’s not to love about that? Unfortunately, I can’t comment on Greg’s coffee blend as he is useless and doesn’t remember. All I remember is that it was bitter and I wasn’t a fan. That’s not to say anyone else wouldn’t like it though, I’m just not a fan of strong and bitter coffee as I tend to like it a bit weaker. He enjoyed it though if that’s any consolation.
After taking our orders, our food was served within about ten minutes which we both thought was reasonably quick.
For our food choices, I chose the Medley of seasonal mushrooms on Toast, although I was very tempted by the Rarebit, I won’t lie. Greg decided to go for the Croque Monsieur rarebit – described on their website as “sandwich of our succulent local ham; Emmental cheese, a touch of Dijon mustard, pan-fried to perfection.”
My mushrooms were fried in what tasted like a buttery oil which softened the toast up nicely and really complimented each other by tasting absolutely delicious. It was served alongside a salad that was garnished with a little balsamic dressing and a dollop of coleslaw. I’m not a huge fan of coleslaw but I do love salad with balsamic dressing and both of these went very nicely with the toast.
Greg’s rarebit was served on a generous slice of white chunky bread, melted cheddar and chunks of ham. It was also served with a little salad, garnished with a little balsamic dressing and coleslaw. All of which he very much enjoyed.
I did try and ask Greg for a bit more of a description but due to him being hungry and not very good at giving descriptions, all he could say was, “It was nice and I was hungry!” so make of that what you will. Unfortunately, I don’t eat meat to give an opinion on it but I can confirm that it looked and smelt very nice.
The portion size of the food is very much catered towards breakfasts, brunches and light lunches. I thought it was the perfect size as it was just the right amount for me to eat without feeling like I was overeating. Although Greg thought that he could have eaten a bigger portion but as he pointed out this could be solved by selecting the “size-up” option on the menu.
We really enjoyed our visit to the Beaton’s Tearooms that we’ve popped in a couple of times since when we’ve had a quiet Saturday and thought of popping into Tisbury. I certainly will miss it when we move but the Petersfield tearoom isn’t too far from our new house (When we eventually get it!) so I will definitely be taking a visit.
And if you fancy going to visit one of the Beaton’s Tearooms then why not take a look at where the closest one is to you? You can check out their current food and tea menu on their website here if you want to take a peek at what exactly they offer.
Have you ever been to one of the Beaton’s Tearooms?
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