Bon Aqua’s Beacon Gentle Tea Room serves up down-property cooking | Characteristics

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BON AQUA, Tenn. — My address very last Saturday was intended to be live music on the square in Centerville, but floodwaters throughout Highway 100 blocked the way. As a substitute, I got a basket of do-it-yourself biscuits in Bon Aqua and affirmation that if instances negate just one Middle Tennessee outing, a further deal with is just up the highway.

The biscuits — and a complete ton a lot more — were at the Beacon Light-weight Tea Home. It is on Highway 100 throughout the Hickman County line a number of miles west of Fairview. It has been feeding tourists because 1936.

“Tea room” does not really feel to in good shape this uncomplicated brick and body building. “Tea room” conjures up illustrations or photos of matronly females gossiping and making the most of watercress sandwiches and petit fours served on lace doilies.

As an alternative, the Beacon Mild is the home of grandma-style flat biscuits, fried hen cooked in a forged-iron skillet, breakfast platters served any time of working day, nation ham, half-pound burgers and coconut pecan icebox pie.

The only menu item that seems remotely extravagant is onion petals. They are on the appetizer checklist along with fried dill pickles and nation ham biscuits. You realize rather speedily this is not a froufrou put.

The Beacon House comes by its identify honestly. H.O. Ramsey designed it in 1936 throughout the highway from a beacon light that was element of a navigation technique that guided mail-carrying prop planes among Nashville and Memphis. The navigation light is long gone, but the region cooking continues to be.

“I would like the mild was nevertheless standing. Would not that be excellent?” reported Kim Winn, operator of the Beacon Gentle with her spouse, Darrell.

The Beacon Light has been in Winn’s family members considering that the late 1970s, and she commenced there when she was 16, doing the job for her aunt.

A long time later on, a cousin owned the cafe and requested Winn no matter whether she desired to purchase it.

“I couldn’t envision its not currently being in the family,” she reported of the ownership adjust that took place in 2008.

Counting a back room which is big ample for a civic club meeting or a gaggle of tourists off of a motorcoach, the Beacon Light-weight seats 90, and the put bustles with motion. Servers and bussers navigate among tables of numerous sizes topped with vinyl tablecloths sporting a dogwood sample.

Winn says she’s experienced company from all over the U.S. and even from England and Australia. Some fall off of the nearby Natchez Trace Parkway, and quite a few common guests drive up from Huntsville, Alabama.

“When individuals obtain good food items, they don’t mind driving for it,” she stated of her Alabama visitors.

Hope to find Winn when you pay a visit to, either on the flooring examining on friends or doing the job in the kitchen.

“I enjoy cooking in solid iron, and I do not mind currently being in the kitchen, but I’d alternatively be out entrance. I love talking with folks,” she claimed.

Just about every table gets a basket of fresh new biscuits, and if you have any place kinfolk in your qualifications, the biscuits are acquainted. They are not the gentle and fluffy kind you will find in some present-day “Southern-inspired” restaurants.

“These are correct lard biscuits like Grandma produced. Lard, not Crisco. I occasionally have to demonstrate to people today what lard is,” Winn reported with a chuckle, noting that her biscuits at the time obtained a shoutout in Yard & Gun and that Gourmand praised her hash brown casserole.

With the biscuits appear containers with peach and strawberry toppings. The toppings are not accurately preserves, and they aren’t jellies. The excellent way to enjoy them is to place a split biscuit on a bread plate, ladle a person of the fruit concoctions above it and take in it with a fork. If whipped cream have been out there, it would be dessert.

The pandemic period of time was a problem, Winn mentioned, declaring her gratitude for faithful shoppers who “kept us alive when we could not function ordinarily.”

The Beacon Mild is open up six days a 7 days (evenings Tuesday by Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday), and Winn stated weekday lunch services will return someday.

“It’s pleasurable, but I do glance forward to Mondays. Most people justifies a working day off,” she explained.

There is a Bible quotation in the Beacon Light’s foyer that reads, “You will be blessed when you arrive in and blessed when you go out.”

That possibly is genuine, but even truer is this variation: “You will be hungry when you appear in and entire when you go out — and possibly carrying dwelling some biscuits for later on.”

Enjoy Tom Adkinson’s Tennessee Traveler vacation spot content the next and fourth Friday each month. Adkinson, creator of “100 Items To Do in Nashville Right before You Die,” is a Marco Polo member of SATW, the Society of American Vacation Writers.

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