Where: Somers, Connecticut
Style: 1860s Greek Revival
Tea Selection: 6 loose leaf teas, 2 fresh brewed iced teas, 1 flowering green tea by Teabloom
Teatimes: Thursday to Saturday 11 to 4 (last seating at 3)
Reservations: Reservations required
Cost: $17.50 Tiered Platter ($35 for 2); $10 Little Lords and Ladies
Destination Tea Tips: The Old Mill’s à la carte lunch menu makes it perfect for inviting heartier appetites to join you at the afternoon tea table. You may also want to leave time to take group photos in the teahouse’s beautiful backyard gardens, or to explore the Somersville Historic District, where the remnants of a thriving 19th century textile mill complex overlook the Scantic River.
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Destination Tea Notes: American tearooms frequently pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II; Her Majesty having been the symbol of regal British culture for multiple generations, in fact, for many of us, for all our lives. As the world says goodbye to Her Majesty, her presence remains today (in this very post, if you look closely), and we expect for many generations to come. When an American tearoom features a “Queen’s Menu,” “Queen’s Room,” or displays the Queen’s likeness, you might expect they refer to Queen Victoria, during whose reign afternoon tea began. Not so. It is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who is most often honored by tearoom owners across the United States when friends gather for the refined British tradition of afternoon tea.
At The Old Mill English Tea Room, “The Queen” is also owner Nancy Knorr’s nickname for her Aunt Doris, to whom she has dedicated a room, to honor their shared dream of opening a tearoom. Nancy has taken great care in renovating the 19th century home to make it feel like a true English teahouse, decorating with British royalty mementos, crystal chandeliers, Queen Anne furniture and curios displaying English bone china. Nancy’s lifelong career in show biz is evident here, where every room looks like a stage design team has set the scene. Immaculate and elegant table settings reveal Nancy’s flair for design and attention to every detail. Daughter Heather serves our table with Pam, the two making sure we have everything we need throughout the meal, for a relaxing, charming teatime.
Loving the wallpaper in the front hall, where a floral garland trails down the staircase bannister.
Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets
We add the homemade soups to our tea meal, including a Butternut Bisque and the soup du jour: the Tuscan Mill is a light potato soup with cream, spinach, sausage and bacon.