English Expats salon de thé a hit with French families
Can you persuade the French to drink proper English builders’ tea?
At the start of our second fund-raising week, serving hot drinks and home made cakes from the community hall on the Promenade, the answer seems to be a resounding “Oui!”
And today we unveiled our secret weapon to encourage proper tea drinking habits – half a dozen John Lewis mugs.
If you’ve ever drunk at a French café you’ll have some idea of the nation’s strange fear of large bodies of hot beverage. Ignore the usual side order of a tall glass of water and the standard espresso fits in a thimble. Even the double espresso shot and dash of hot milk in the optimistically oversold café grand crème is usually only half the volume of a branded doll’s cup, hidden under an obscuring cloud of foam.
Contrary to expectations our brim-full mugs of the best British Rail might have hoped to offer were met with great enthusiasm.
Today turned to to be our busiest yet. We had to pull out the reserve tables, and slices of iced chocolate cake flew out of the serving hatch.
We had our widest age range of customers thanks to the young mums and dads who’ve discovered there’s now somewhere shady outdoors to enjoy the good weather. One tiny tot even tried her first thimble of English tea.
We hoped we’d stay busy for the rest of the summer.
The Salon de Thé was open every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 8am to midday from August 2014 to the end of October 2014.