Located at Tiverton Four Corners, the Provender is on the ground floor of an historic 3-story wooden building just across from the justly famous Gray's Ice Cream. We stopped by on a Saturday for lunch, this was not our first visit but it has been a while. The whole experience is a little quirky. If ordering sandwiches, soup, etc...you first place your order at a side door to the kitchen. Drinks, pastry and other purchases are ordered and payed for from the pastry counter in the center of the establishment. You had better grab a seat if any are open while you wait for your order to be called as seating is very limited inside (in warm weather, seating is available on the spacious porch).
Both my wife and I ordered a sandwich called the Scarlet Letter which is turkey, cranberry sauce, alfalfa sprouts and tarragon mayo. I had mine on a wrap, my wife had her's on multi grain bread. Their bread and sandwich ingredients are very good and the sandwich choices, though limited to a half dozen or so, offer interesting combinations. You'll want to save room for dessert because while waiting for your order you will be eyeing the tempting pastries.
While the food is quite good and the atmosphere quaint, I find the prices to be a trifle high. The tab for lunch for two was around $35.00 (though we did have dessert). Seating is very limited and they have no public restrooms except for an outdoor Porta-John. Unless it is nice and you can eat outside, avoid coming at peak hours. Provender is worth a stop if you are not out with a carload of kids and on a budget. They close late December for the winter so if you are interested, go soon.
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