A British tea room, as done in northeastern CT
Shamefully, my only familiarity with the "Quiet Corner" of Connecticut had come from driving through it on my way to Boston or Providence. I went a little ways toward correcting that today, with some exploration of the utterly gorgeous Woodstock area, which included a visit to Mrs. Bridges' Pantry
I didn't get a shot of the exterior, so I'm borrowing someone else's photo for that, because it sets the tone for what you find inside.
Here's the outside board as it actually was today. Their soup today was potato and bacon - just what I needed on a cold cloudy day.
We use the term "gem" a lot to describe certain establishments, but it's possible that nowhere earns it more than Mrs. Bridges' Pantry. I've never seen a place more cozy and adorable. Just look at this.
The enormous tea menu. I chose Yorkshire Gold, which seems to be Taylors of Harrogate's signature tea.
I had it with some milk and sugar - something that I'd never put into tea before, but which I understand to be common in the UK. It turned out to be some of the best tea I'd ever had. Perhaps if I were a tea connoisseur, I would be better able to expound on the complex flavor.
The soup was appropriately rich and did not disappoint.
The Cornish pasty was every bit the savory comfort food that I wanted it to be, filled with beef, potato, rutabaga, and onion. I opted for the gravy, but it ended up being quite unnecessary.
Just a delightful presentation.
I don't really have much (well, anything) to compare this meal to, but all of it was charmingly presented and eminently satisfying. This may be the oldest news ever, but the British sure as hell know what they're doing when it comes to tea, soup, and meat pies. Modern Celtic music played in the background while I ate, and it added the perfect touch to a dining experience already full of atmosphere and culture. I honestly can't recommend this place enough.
(Note: it's right next to a couple of antique stores, and the splendid Bigelow Hollow State Park isn't too far away if you want a nice place to relax after eating.)
post edited by Ketteract - 2017/01/28 17:23:11