100 Lyme Street Old Lyme, CT 06371

Our Famous Afternoon Tea

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First Day of Tea: Thursday, December 5th 2019

Served Thursday–Sunday, 12/5/19–1/5/20

12:00 pm–2:30 pm

$35 per guest, $40 per guest for ‘Royal Tea’, plus tax and gratuity, Reservations suggested.

“Bee Enchanted” this holiday season and enjoy the enduring tradition of afternoon tea in a festive setting, complete with lit fireplaces and gingerbread houses.  The holiday season is often hectic and stressful; imagine stepping back in time to an unhurried world where you can relax, appreciate the company of family and friends, and enjoy the true meaning of the holidays. Feel yourself unwind as you are pampered with delicious sweet and savory fare in a beautiful country setting, filled with exquisite music by a strolling minstrel singing festive holiday classics.

Visiting the Bee and Thistle Inn for Holiday Tea is truly an unforgettable experience.  The inn is tastefully decorated from top to bottom with warm fires glowing in the fireplaces; twinkling trees chock full of ornaments; and swags of lush garland throughout the grand house. Children’s faces light up when they see The Bee’s famous candy and gingerbread houses inhabited by tiny figurines and filled with amazing detail.

Guests are always spellbound by the beautiful decorations. Many come back yearly to see the handmade gingerbread and candy houses, making tea at The Bee a family tradition. It’s a great opportunity to reconnect with special friends and take a break from the chaos of the holiday rush. Spending quality time with the people we love is what the holidays are all about.

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Afternoon Tea at the Bee and Thistle Inn

Tea Sandwiches

Goat Cheese & Watercress

Egg Salad with Fresh Thyme

Chicken Salad with Cilantro & Scallions

Cucumber & Mint

 Small Desserts

Scones with Inn Made Preserves & Sweet Cream


Lemon Meringue Tarts

Paris Tea Truffles


Russian Tea Cakes

 Harney & Sons Selection of Fine Teas

Served with Wildflower Honey, Lemon & Sugar Sticks