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      09-13-17

THE COVENTRY INN. EMAIL FROM CHARLES. SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
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AFTERNOON TEA THIS FRIDAY-September 15, 2017. Twelve Tea Choices, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Yorkshire, Green, and Herbals (Decaf too). Sandwich Choices This Week Are Curried Egg Salad, Cucumber & Cream Cheese, and BL-Tea Sandwich, a Delicious Take on the Classic Bacon/Lettuce/Tomato Sandwich. This Week's Cake Is Peanut Butter with Chocolate Ganache Icing, and a Homemade Plum Tarte Is Also Available, Served by the Slice with Vanilla Ice Cream. As an Alternative to the Traditional Tea Menu, We Have Brought Back Our Popular Cheese Board from the Restaurant Appetizer Menu. Perhaps, You Would Enjoy a Cheese Board and a Glass of Wine for Your "Afternoon Tea." Lemonade and Bar Drinks Also Available...

Dear Folks...

We had built up a strong following for our Afternoon Teas during the summer, but the first two in September have been slow. I don't know if that means customers have lost interest or if it has just been a busy time for everyone. Certainly, that was the case with Labor Day Weekend. We are serving Afternoon Tea because we have the capacity to do it rather well, although we have not found a chef to resume regular evening meals. Unfortunately, this is not a process that I want to "force," as I must find a suitable chef if I am to reopen on a regular basis. We will expand when we can, but right now, we are putting a good bit of effort into serving nice Afternoon Teas, using the best ingredients and trying hard to give our customers a good time.

We had the orange scones with my favourite orange marmalade last week, and we are repeating them for this week. I thought they were the best ones so far. We have changed the tea sandwiches this week. I love the curried egg salad, and I wanted to have cucumbers and cream cheese again while the best cucumbers are still available. A new one is the "BL-Tea Sandwich," a take-off on the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Plum tartes have been a specialty at Coventry for many summers, and we are making them now, as black plums are at their best this time of year.

Dan Compston, my manager, and I will be away next weekend, and therefore, Tea will not be served on Friday, September 21st. We will be back on the 28th, however, and we hope to offer homemade Crumpets then. It you haven't had Crumpets, they are something like English muffins, but even more delicious with butter and fruit jam. You run into Crumpets all the time in English mystery stories—they are classic fayre for Afternoon Tea.

The two slow weeks of business gave us time to train our new waitresses, and they are now handling their jobs well. We have also got more tea pots and cream pitchers to provide better service.

By the way, I have noticed that parking is very easy on North Sixth Street during the hours of tea time.

Please come to Tea on Friday Afternoon if you can. Your business is sincerely appreciated, and I think everyone who comes has a good time.

Your friend,
Charles Runyan
The Coventry Inn
September 12th, 2017

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