Cupcakes and Honey Combs…. Posted August 22, 2013


Stephanie and Tom’s day was all about family, summer and personal touches. From their wedding certificate embellished with a beautiful bee, to honey comb place cards, burlap accents and chalkboard table numbers, it was eye candy from beginning to end. Linnea’s handcrafted table arrangements and bouquets were bursting in melon hues, which coincidentally mimicked the beautiful sunset. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, dozens of pink cupcakes were offered. Every guest left with a personalized honey jar, as if the evening wasn’t enough.

Photography by Jennifer Bach

How Sweet… Posted August 15, 2013


Jennifer and Jonathan wanted a sweet, intimate, outdoor reception. A midday ceremony was followed by a beautiful luncheon soiree. Fuchsia blooms, white paper lanterns and turquoise accents adorned the tent, as guest enjoyed a beautiful view of the Lieutenant River and gardens. After all of the dancing, dining and fun, guests retreated back to their rooms for the afternoon. Later in the evening, the bride and groom offered ‘Late Night Fare’ -chicken sliders, sweet potato fries and mac n’cheese. The next morning, everyone had a lot to reminisce about over a beautiful brunch. Thank you Jenn and Jon for choosing the ‘Bee’ for your weekend celebration!




Something Blue… Posted August 15, 2013


And the bride wore turquoise ballet flats… Johanna and Josh’s celebration was sweet from beginning to end, complete with a blueberry wedding cake, Linnea’s handcrafted Chuppah and beautiful blush floral arrangements. The bride and groom had a sunset reception with a casual summer menu- fried green tomatoes and braised ribs. No detail was skipped, as Johanna and Josh made their own favors; home made beer and cookies. As if the evening couldn’t get any better, there was a finale of sparklers. Enjoy these beautiful images by Jennifer Bach Photography.

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The People Have Spoken… Posted March 14, 2013


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The people have spoken, and we now have a more spacious lounge at the Bee and Thistle Inn. On any given evening at the Bee, our lounge has a ‘buzz’…Whether it is enjoying an herb- infused cocktail at our bar, dining in front of the fireplace, or taking in the scene, it is certainly a popular alternative to  more formal dining. The communal aspect of sharing dishes and strangers leaving as friends creates such an incredible energy that seems to be the hive of the Inn. To enjoy an apertif before dinner,or as a house guest, enjoying a  nightcap before heading upstairs, it is an eclectic mix of our house guests, local personalities, and newcomers.

We are not your mother’s Bee and Thistle Inn, although she is welcome to visit. Old Lyme is rooted in the arts, and we wanted to be an advocate for our local talent. We will be reopening on Tuesday, March 19th, with a fresh look; including works by Brian Stephens, Polaesther and Adrien Broom in our North and South Lounges. Their work will ‘push the envelope’, garner great conversation and create an ambiance of beautiful whimsy. A new weekly special will be in full effect, with a ‘Bee Happy’ hour on Tues-Thursday evenings from 4:30-6:00, featuring Specialty Drinks and Nosh.

Our spring menu lends itself well to the lounge aspect of dining, focused on contemporary, distinctive New England cuisine. Duck confit quesadilla and a Philly Hanger Cheese Steak Sandwich are some of Chef Kris’ new items. Don’t fret, for those who still enjoy a more formal atmosphere, the charm of our Main Dining Room is still available.

The Chestnut Grille and lounge will inspire you to indulge in the art of dining, the art of conversation, and by the art that surrounds you.

Meet Chef Kristofer Posted January 31, 2013


Chef Kristofer Rowe

Chef Kristofer Rowe

Wasabi Sesame-Crusted Yellowfin Tuna

Wasabi Sesame-Crusted Yellowfin Tuna

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Chef Kristofer Rowe’s food speaks for itself… Using only the most fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, Chef Kris creates dishes that have guests returning time and time again.  Chef Kris has created menus at the Chestnut Grille which  have been instrumental in helping  us be continuously voted one of the best restaurants in CT as well as ‘Most Romantic’. The Chestnut Grille hails as the Best and most frequented restaurant in Old Lyme by locals, where on a given night the ‘Bee Bar’  is stirring with excitement. Guests can enjoy everything from our famous Mac N’ Cheese to fresh, local oysters with a house made mignonette to braised Short Ribs with Oyster Mushroom and Great Hill Blue Cheese Polenta.

Come experience why Chef Kristofer Rowe has made the Chestnut Grille one of the best restaurants in CT….