Where: Nashville, Tennessee
Style: Modern farmhouse
Tea Selection: 8 loose leaf teas from Nashville-based Firepot Nomadic Teas
Teatimes: Monday to Saturday, 1-3
Reservations: 24-hour notice
Contact: 615-953-6440 or Reserve Here
Cost: $25 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tips: Diners receive a discount at the gift shop where they can shop for a good cause (read more below).
Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Tennessee afternoon tea directory for the latest details.
Destination Tea Notes: My heart overflows as I write this review, because in all of Destination Tea’s afternoon tea directories, The Café at Thistle Farms is in a league of its own, with just a handful of peers. It is a social enterprise that, since 1997, has been “dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.” They do this by providing 2-year housing, food, healthcare, therapy and education, free of charge to women who focus on living sober, honest and self-sufficient lives. Residents and graduates of the program can learn new job skills and make a living wage as employees of Thistle Farms, and after they leave the program, they still have access to counseling, education opportunities and emergency financial assistance. They say their community began with “with five women who allowed love’s gentle power to heal them. In these 20 years we have learned that peace can be as easy as sharing a story over a cup of tea.”
To take tea here is to participate in this peacemaking and healing, and it feels so good. All “goodwill-towards-women” feelings aside, this afternoon tea stands on its own as one we highly recommend, for its locally-sourced, scratch-made quality and scrumptiousness. We appreciate the friendly service as well, and note that whereas even some high-end hotels do not decant teas, the teas at Thistle Farms are perfectly steeped and decanted before coming to the table. The space, renovated just a couple years ago, is bright and welcoming, with a gorgeous teacup art installation hung in the foyer (read on to see why this is a highlight for Angela). We recommend an afternoon tea here as the perfect respite from the wild honky tonk nightlife of downtown Nashville.
“The name ‘Thistle Farms’ comes from the misunderstood thistle, the only flower to grow on the streets and alleys where the women of Thistle Farms have walked. Considered a weed by many, The thistle has a deep root that can shoot through concrete and survive drought. In spite of its prickly appearance, its soft purple flower and profound healing qualities make the thistle a mysterious and gorgeous flower. The thistle has become a symbol of survival and healing for our community and women survivors around the globe.”– Thistle Farms’ Blog