Sunday, March 18, 2012

Coventry Tea Room, Pottstown, PA

 This past week, a friend and I had the opportunity to visit the Coventry Tea Room in Pottstown, PA.  This beautiful old building, crafted in 1790 served as a colonial farm.  Later, it became a stop on the underground railroad, served as a doctor's office, and as a family home.  It has quite a heritage, and is now serving as a bustling tearoom/restaurant to residents of Chester County and travellers from afar.

Teacups and teapots adorn the many shelves and little hidden niches tucked throughout the building.

There is a large menu from which to order, making the decision difficult!  Since we were specifically on an Afternoon Tea outing, we both selected the Afternoon Tea Sampler Platter which featured a variety of tea sandwiches, a choice of soup, beverage, and dessert.

Be forewarned, the hot tea offered is an assortment of Bigelow or Lipton tea bags in a basket accompanied by a pot of hot water.
My soup selection was a Cream of Asparagus with roasted yellow pepper while my friend selected the Chicken Minestrone.  Both soups were very tasty.
 The sandwich platter included egg salad, chicken salad, ham and cheese, zucchini bread, and a cucumber with cream cheese.  There were fresh slices of fruit and veggies and a homemade coleslaw and olives.  This little plate packed a nice variety of flavors and textures.  For dessert, I selected the chocolate raspberry cake and my friend chose carrot cake.  Both were moist and tasty, and long gone before a picture could be taken.  We sat and visited for just shy of three hours without feeling rushed.  There was a steady stream of guests during the lunch hour, and from observing the other lunch plates, a variety of menu options were served and portion size appeared generous.  This was a fun place, a perfect blend between tea room and restaurant.

12 comments:

Linda J. said...

HOw nice to spend time with your friend over a lunch tea.

Deb said...

Everything looks so delicious. I'd love to drop by there. Deb Ontario, Canada

Karen's Place said...

What a interesting history this tearoom holds. The soup do look very good. How nice to share tea lunch with a friend.

Carla said...

What a lovely place to have tea with a friend. I can smell the fragrance of Earl Grey, just by visiting your blog.

relevanttealeaf said...

Thanks for sharing your Afternoon Tea outing with us. I love the cheery table by the window, and the expression on your faces showed you were enjoying your tea time together!
"He/she who refreshes others will
himself/herself be refreshed!" Proverbs 11:25b

Steph said...

It's always nice to try a new tea room!

Marilyn said...

Reading your description and seeing the pictures I am reminded of small country tearoom of England here. How nice to get to take a bus-man's holiday.

Storybook Woods said...

Ohh to be around such history. Here in WA you just do not have much of that, so it is a thrill for me to see it. You lucky girl. Clarice

Angela McRae said...

This sounds like a nice place for tea (and hopefully they'll start serving loose leaf tea), and I love that it was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Wow!

amherstrose said...

A charming and historic tea room!
Thank you for sharing your lovely day out with a friend.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

One of my most favorite things to do -- go to a tea room, with a friend (or my husband!!) This place looks lovely and the food sounds delicious! Wonder why they don't serve loose teas??

Katherine

JD said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, and leaving the nice comment. I don't see my previous comment here, so I guess it didn't go through.
I just wanted to comment that I have been to this place many times, and I have enjoyed my lunches there. Thank you for sharing the pics. (I usually get the tea sampler, and the cream puffs for dessert...so good.