The Tea Princess at the Amish Restaurant

Teabag – ugh! (photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)
Teabag – ugh! (photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

This Tea Princess and her hubby like food and lots of good tea to go with it. Having recently moved, we also liked to check out the local eateries in our new location. One was an Amish Country Store and Restaurant. We went there on a Friday and had two Friday catfish specials with all the trimmings. And tea, of course.

Now, in the past we have had wonderful food at Amish restaurants. Straightforward recipes and the freshest ingredients. The kind of cooking my mother learned from my dad’s sisters when they first got married (all she knew how to make at that time was a chocolate layer cake with buttercream frosting, which is actually a pretty good thing to know how to make). Our experience here was certainly not out of line with those earlier ones. The food, in short, was tasty and filling. The issue, as you have probably already guessed, was the tea. Sigh!

I didn’t have my camera with me or I would show you that a sign on the front of the restaurant declared that it was also a tearoom. Here we go again with that word getting slapped on something that was not in the least tearoom-ish!

The tea served with our meal consisted of a mug of hot water and one of those American iconic tea brand string-and-tag teabags. Okay, should have known better. But I am ever hopeful. Then, matters worsened when I asked for milk or cream for the tea. The waitress brought us some of those little half-n-halfs. Well, they were certainly better than that non-dairy powdered stuff we’ve been served before. We enjoyed this hot tea-like beverage as best we could, not wanting it to spoil the overall experience, especially since the food was so good. Sometimes that’s what you have to do.

The little mind trick worked, and we were able to have a very satisfying lunch. Then came another spoiler: the bill total seemed too high. It turned out that we were charged for a glass of milk and had to ask for a refund. We were also overcharged for the fish and again had to ask for a refund.

Now, we realize these things can happen anywhere and are not implying anything to the contrary or singling out any group here. The whole point is simply to watch out wherever you go for bad tea and less-than-stellar service. And whatever you do, don’t take the sign “tearoom” too literally. It seems to get bandied about rather freely these days.

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2 thoughts on “The Tea Princess at the Amish Restaurant

  1. Thank you much for your story. The only comment is about your comment on the “American iconic tea brand string-and-tag teabags”. I believe there is nothing wrong with the string-and-tag teabags by them selves. I think it’s the “American iconic tea brand” that is usually low grade such as Lipton. If they were to serve a brand such as Twining, PG Tips or Red Rose then I think the string-and-tag would not matter as much unless you are a die-hard loose-leaf tea fan. I myself like both and some times from the k-cups.
    My choice is Twining but would be happy to know if there is a better British tea brand.

    1. A.C. Cargill

      First, thanks for your service to our country in the USAF! Second, I was kinda referring to Lipton (our little secret). I have to agree that it’s what’s in the bag that matters most. However, some experimenting here at home, as documented in some of my previous articles on this blog, has shown that the hemp-like material these teabags are made from alters the tea flavor in a not-very-good way. Thus, I have switched to all loose tea, even Twinings, PG Tips, and Red Rose, when I can buy them loose. Have tried the K-cups and they don’t suit me, but I am a firm believer in everyone following her/his own taste. Twinings is a top UK brand, but we tend to go for PG Tips, Typhoo, Barry’s, and of course the English Tea Store brands. Love ’em all! Thanks for reading and have a great tea day!

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