Biddie's Coach House as always prided itself in it's excellent
food and service. Because of this, Biddies has received a number of
excellent reviews by multiple publications. These reviews will be inserted
here whenever we happen to come upon them.
Dublin 2000 St. Patrick's Day Celebration Guide, Page 4:
Excerpt from The Eleusis, Spring 2003
- Biddie's Coach House
Biddie's Coach House, located at 76 S. High St., has a refreshing,
comfortable, warm and friendly tea room. Biddie's is known for attractive,tasty
luncheons and private dinners. Biddie's carries their own instant
decaff flavored teas. This restaurant has been serving the Dublin
community and various parts of the world for 18 years! The most frequent
comment about Biddies's, "We just love it here!" To experience the
Biddie's tradition yourself, please call 764-9359 or stop in Monday
through Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2:30 pm. Biddie's will also be
open for Mother's Day.
ASK RESIDENTS. ASK VISITORS. They'll agree that Biddie's
Coach House is the premiere tea room in the Olde Dublin (Ohio) Historical
District. Founder and proprietress Mary, Tau Alpha Chapter, Chi
Omega/ Ohio University, established the handsome eatery in 1982
with the encouragement of her husband, Joe, who challenged her to
do something exciting with her life after raising their two children.
Housed in a building dating to the 1830's, Biddie's is named after
Mary's mother. A special fixture for almost 20 years was the daily
presence of Biddies herself who greeted patrons, made change, and
was the inspiration for "the Biddie look" -- original country-elegance
decor that uses baskets, teapots, flowers, paintings, old family furniture,
lace-edged menus, hand-decorated signage, and tables with quilt-like
cloths, seasonal centerpieces, and set with English china. Biddie
retired recently at the age of 96. A widely popular luncheon retreat,
the Coach House guest book boasts signatures and addresses from around
the world. Success called for developing products for that marketplace
and consumers can now purchase Biddie's lemon bread, fruit cake, and
European chocolate candies in the tea room and in markets.
From The Columbus Dispatch, Dining, Thursday, January
by Jon Christensen
OFF THE MENU
English tea offers a midday delight
A great way to keep warm: English tea, or "high
tea" as it's often called in the United States, is an elaborate
affair that goes far beyond a mere tea break.
At their most elaborate, these teas
include, in addition to a pot - not just a cup - of tea, various
kinds of savory sandwiches - some filled with thin slices of
meat, others with seafood, still others with cucumber, watercress,
or other vegetables - and all manner of pastries.
The fundamental pastry is the scone,
a slightly sweet and denser relative of the American biscuit.
Like biscuits, they're raised with baking powder and, sometimes,
with egg white as well. Depending on the personal taste of the
cook, they can range from somewhat rich to very rich.
Scones served with afternoon tea are
usually plain or made with raisins or currants.
At teatime, scones are traditionally
accompanied by Devonshire cream, also known as clotted cream
or Cornish cream, and by jam.
So where in central Ohio does one find
English tea being served? Through the years, on-again, off-again
sources have included some Downtown hotels.
The latest entry is Biddie's Coach House
in old Dublin. The 1830s brick structure has been remodeled
to provide a genteel, classic teahouse atmosphere.
Kathi Siegel sets the table - and the three-tiered server of
goodies - for the Victorian tea at Biddie's Coach House in Dublin.
prepared lunches have been served at Biddie's for two decades.
Only recently have English teas been offered. Here called "Victorian"
teas, they require reservations two days in advance and cost
$15.95 a person.
For that, you get the typical three-tiered server,
with an assortment of sanwiches (such as cucumber and egg salad)
on one tray, house-made scones on another abd assorted house-made
pastries (such as petit-fours and mousse-filled chocolate cups)
and fresh fruits on the third. Devonshire cream is served
to accompany the scones.
Where: Biddie's Coach House, 76 S. High
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through
Reservations: 614 - 764 - 9359