Connecticut Tea Rooms
Mrs. Bridges Pantry – 292 Rt. 169, South Woodstock. This has to be one of my favorite tea rooms. I’ve been coming here for over twenty years! The people are so affable and fun to visit with that you become friends fast! The tea selection is extensive, and you can buy most of them in loose-leaf form to take home. The prices are reasonable, too! My favorites are Prince of Wales, Buckingham Palace Garden Party, Monk’s Blend, Russian Caravan, Irish Cream, Vanilla Cream, and Queen Elizabeth, to name a few. You can also get Yorkshire Gold here. The food is yummy: nice sandwiches, salads, soups, pasties, etc for a meal – with excellent scones for dessert. They have other desserts, as well, but I’m so addicted to their scones, I’ve never had any other sweets here. I’ll extrapolate that the other desserts must be yummy since all the other food is. The ambience is like a little country inn, with a lovely gift shop. And everything is reasonably priced. When a herd of my friends and I go there, we can close down the place. And my husband loves it, too! Best of all, you can even purchase a copy of my novel Bait and Switch there! A good mystery is always a neat companion to tea and scones.
Passiflora – 526 Main St. Take a drive out to the gorgeous western part of the state. The town is nestled in a lovely valley, right alongside a river. This tea place is very earthy-crunchy, but nonearthy-crunchy people will also love its fresh food and wonderfully flavored teas. With food bought from local farmers, the salad greens are so fresh, they are downright springy under your fork. The chicken/apricot sandwich is to die for. Lots of sandwiches, soups, and salads from which to choose. Vegetarian and Vegan friendly. Here, decor is artistic yet still comfortable, and the people are lively and amiable. A healthy list of teas include, black, red, green, and chai. My favorites are their Black Beauty, Captain Morgan, Darjeeling, and Irish Breakfast. In addition, the coffees and desserts look good. My husband had a chunk, er piece, of carrot cake that was something just shy of Mt Everest in mass. And it was good! The perfect place to dine to either stock up on or make back all the energy you may have just spent while bicycling on one of the many nearby rail trials. Check out the park at the Barkhamstead Dam nearby; it’s gorgeous!
Bartleby’s Café – 46 West Main street, Mystic. Not actually a tea room, but I would still prefer to eat here (American Lit. joke). They do serve several nice teas by the pot. Their Darjeeling and their Fruity Russian Caravan are fine! They also serve a nice chai. The coffee drinks are pretty good, too. Their sandwiches are fresh and yummy. Cozy room and friendly folks.
Tea with Tracey – 16 Bank Street, Seymour. A light, bright, Victorian ambiance, with an extensive tea menu – and the teas are for sale. The sandwiches are light and tasty, while there are also soups and salads on the menu. The Afternoon Tea suits me just fine, with the savories not outnumbered by the sweets. Some vegetarian menu items are available. The people are friendly and fun to chat with. It’s a nice place, either for replenishing your strength after hitting all the antique stores in the quaint town or for preparing to embark on an antiquing foray.
last updated 10/30/16