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Country Thyme Tea Room

595 S Elm St.
Paxton, IL
217-379-4800
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#4
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in IL
Hours

Sun closed
Mon closed
Tue 11:00am - 2:00pm
Wed 11:00am - 2:00pm
Thu 11:00am - 2:00pm
Fri 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sat 11:00am - 2:00pm

Overview

The Tea Room offers comfortable, yet elegant, surroundings for lunch. A full luncheon menu features a variety of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, hot dish specials, and desserts. Reservations are highly encouraged.

Country Thyme Tea Room also offers catering for every occasion, from elegant wedding celebrations to casual picnics in the park. Please contact us directly to discuss your catering event. The catering menu lists suggestions for several food options; however, many selections are not listed but can be made available upon request. We do our best to accommodate any special food dish required.




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Nice way to break up a long drive to Chicago. Food was excellent and beautiful. Pies were delicious, husband loved having rhubarb pie (not often served in Texas). Owner Bonnie was very nice and welcoming.

- Beth Statesir 08/28/14

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Bonnie just catered my daughter's wedding. My husband and I loved Bonnie. The food was excellent. She knows exactly what to do and is so willing to change things at the last minute. Bonnie puts you at ease in a stressful situation. We had numerous compliments on the food and the presentation.

- Kim 06/23/14

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Great food and wonderful staff. Also beautifull interior.

- Ginny H 06/10/14

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Charming ambiance and lovely table settings. My cup of mango tea was perfection. Love the 'taste of dessert'--just the right size!

- K. Chambers 06/09/14

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'Beautiful' was my first thought as our beverages were placed in front of us. I had already read the quips and quotes noticed around the room and on the table next to the flowers. 'WOW' came next as our plates were placed on the table. 'This looks too good to eat!'....but I enjoyed every bite of my chicken croissant, broccoli soup, and fruit. The rhubarb creme pie left my mind blank as I tasted the half piece as part of my meal. It was luscious beyond words!!

- Susan Grizzle 06/08/14

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the staff was very nice and helpful.the food was excellent and our small party had a great time ,we would definitely go back again

- mary gilonske 06/05/14

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Fantastic drinks, food, preparation and perfect service. Our Prime Time Group of seven were very pleased. Thank you for your kindness.

- Vera Crozier 06/03/14

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The food was delicious as well as attractively and promptly served. It was a delightful dining experience for my DAR chapter. We'll be back!

- Marti Menges 05/23/14

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The catering service and quality was superb. The freshness of the crisp salad and the breadsticks were a delight. The main courses, lasagna and chicken alfredo, were exquisite. I highly recommend this catering company.

- Gail Lober 05/22/14

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I love eating here...it has a very elegant atmosphere! The quality of the food is excellent and is very affordable. I recommend this place for any occasion!

- Cheryl Hafstrom 03/12/14

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Just went today for the first time to this lovely Tea Room. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.
Such a clean place and with pretties all around. We will definitely being going back. Worth the 50 min. drive there :)

- Paula Rizner 12/07/13

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What a great location for the reunion of 60 year friends. One couple from 60 miles north and one couple from 350 miles south, who was in Central Illinois for his 65th high school reunion. They met 60 years ago as first year teachers, now separated by the miles, until yesterday.

- Bryan 10/16/13

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Amazing. Delightful atmosphere. Delicious and beautifully prepared luncheon. Amazing!

- Betty 09/06/13

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I've now been to this tearoom 3 times... twice with my mom, who lives in Paxton, and once with a friend of mine from Chicago. Each time, the service has been so gracious (one of the times they allowed us to come in when they were actually finished with lunch service)! My friend and I are both foodies (she's a CIA grad and a professional chef). The food exceeded our expectations...it was beautifully prepared AND presented! We broke the 'no desserts' rule and it was worth it! The tea room has a country feel. It's comfortable and charming. I'm a tea drinker. My 4 stars in variety of teas was more about the 'level' of teas available, which is good, but not excellent. The variety, though, IS excellent, and quite satisfying. There is also a little gift shop. I bought a tea pot there & love it. Overall? What a lovely time I've had... each time I've been at Country Thyme Tea Room!

- Clare Nolan 02/16/13

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We took our mom, grandmother, and great aunt to Country Thyme Tea Room for our Great Aunt's birthday. 4 of us are from the Chicago area and our G-Aunt is from Rantoul. Our Grandmother always wants to have lunch at the tearoom whenever she visits her sister. It is their favorite place in the world to eat! Our Mom still raves about her portobello mushroom/veggie sandwich. We all had fun, the food was delicious, the portions were generous, and the deserts are to die for. The owner came out of the kitchen to check on how our food and service were and she was very gracious and personable. We'll be back.

- Camille and Kennerly 11/04/12

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Bonnie and her crew catered my wedding of 250 guests. She was willing to meet with us before the wedding wherever was easiest for me. She was very helpful and the her food is delicious. She was very quick to answer my questions and her display of food was so appealing. Nothing went wrong and that is a beautiful thing for a wedding. Thanks to Bonnie, for good service and amazing food.

- Chelsea 11/03/12

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Bonnie and her crew catered my wedding of 500+ people on 6/9/12. We had minimal 'kitchen' facilities to work with at our reception, so it was a caterer's challenge. She was excellent to work with, provided us with all the jars we needed, at no cost, for our 'candy bar', which can be really expensive. The food was EXCELLENT, we had several compliments from our guests. Detail is very important to me, and Bonnie pays extraordinary attention to detail, which is why I instantly clicked with her. Presentation and service were excellent as well, all of our guests were served in record timing. I would strongly recommend Bonnie's catering service to anyone. Great food, reasonably priced, and excellent service!

- Amy Hoffman 10/17/12

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I had my wedding two weeks ago at Timbercreek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton. They recommend Bonnie from Country Thyme Tea Room to do the catering. So we met with her and picked out our food, and paid our deposit to reserve our wedding date. After our initial meeting however, we had a lot of difficulty getting responses from her on setting up a tasting, and getting her to return my now wife's phone calls. She was very rude on the phone. At the wedding I had a numerous complaints about how rude she was to everyone going into the childrens line and adult food line. After all the tables had been through once and we cut the cake, she packed up the rest of my food and cupcapes that I had already paid for, and left within 1 hour of dinner. She left maybe 10 cupcakes and I had guests tell me she put ... (more)

- Matt Prather 10/15/12

Tearoom Response
Thank you for your review. Just a few remarks,this review does not coincide with the comments given to us that evening.It was a very cool evening and thinking about their guest comfort we added at no cost extra warm drinks. Had 2 lines, one children's menu and one adult's menu, and received numerous compliments of great food and service. Our business is based on honesty, integrity, customer service.
sincerely bonnie
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We had Bonnie and her staff do our daughters wedding Sept. 15th 2012. My daughter had said ever since she was a little girl that she wanted the tea room for her wedding. We were so pleased with her, at our first meeting with Bonnie she gave me a name of someone to rent a tent from, someone to make the cake, someone to help us the day of the wedding. She went over and above what a cater shoud do, I told her she should be a wedding planner. She gave us suggestions as to where to place things and when to do things during the wedding. This was all done at no additional cost. Our wedding would not have been as successful as it was had it not been for Bonnies help. It goes without being said that the food was amazing, as usual. I live in the area and I have never had a bad experience at t... (more)

- Delores Teske 09/26/12

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I just had a shower for my daughter and the food was prepared by Country Thyme Tea Room. It was amazing! The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. We had so many complments on the food. Bonnie was incredible - she helped me select the food and made several helpful suggestions. The day was perfect and I have Bonnie to thank!

- Patti 09/24/12

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I attended a wedding in September that was catered by Country Thyme Tea Room. The food was delicious, but the caterers attitude was disgusting. The caterers were extremely rude to the wedding party and family, and even guest! I know that the bride's mother recieved several complaints from guest days after the wedding, one of which was the Pastor.

- Natalie 09/22/12

Tearoom Response
Thank you we appreciate your thoughts :)
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good food bad service,would not recommend them.

- jacquie potter 09/22/12

Tearoom Response
Thank you for your remarks, We consider all of them :)
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I just attended a wedding on Sept 8, 2012 in Paxton Il that was catered by Country Thyme Tea Room and was not impressed. The food was average at best and the actual caterers were extrememly rude to the family and guests of the wedding. Very unpleasant to everyone. Would not recommend these caterers to anyone.

- Liz Braddock 09/21/12

Tearoom Response
We thank you for your review. We hope you're having a better day. thanks bk
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Very enjoyable dining experience. Everything was first-rate, the food was outstanding and the presentation was too beautiful to eat without first taking a picture!

- Ted Griffin 09/17/12

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We just used Country Thyme for our caterer at our wedding. The food was fabulous! She made ua more of a at home meal of fried chicken, pork loin, macaroni and mashed potatoes! mmmmmmm. All we heard was how great the food was and that it was the best. We were so lucky to work with her!

- laci bratcher 09/17/12

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The Momence Antique Car Club very much enjoyed having lunch in the Country Thyme Tea Room on Saturday. They served our group of 22 in record time, considering we each ordered from the menu and everything selected was homemade. The food was absolutely wonderful, and served so beautifully on the plate that even one of our MEN had to go get his camera and take a picture before he would eat it! What a lovely place! We thank Bonnie and her staff for the highlight of our day, especially when she had other commitments prior to ours! Eileen Z

- Eileen Zecher 09/17/12