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Sundial Gardens and Tea Room

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59 Hidden Lake Road Higganum, Connecticut 06441-4441, United States 860-345-4290 Website

Not a tea room but a lovely tea shop on beautiful grounds featuring Tea Tasting and Talks. The Gardens will be open June 12 (weather permitting) through mid-October. Entrance fee: $2 suggested donation. Weekends only.

Recent reviews

    • Candace

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      This is a fantastic place in an old converted barn, run by a woman from Germany that will pin you to the wall with her knowledge and love of fine teas. It's a shop rather than a tea room, but she does have tastings as well as garden tours, and a trip there is certainly worth your while.

    • Gracie

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      We stopped here when on vacation and absolutely loved it. They have a huge variety of fine teas. I would recommend to tea connoisseurs everywhere!

    • horribley disappointed Lady

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      Im from England and I saw this tea room driving by with me mate. DO NOT CALL YOURSELF A TEA ROOM IF YOU DO NOT SERVE TEA AND TEA THAT IS BOUGHT IN AN AMERICAN GROCERY STORE IS NOT I REPEAT NOT TEA

      Tearoom response:

      Dear 'Horribly disappointed lady',<BR> Thank you for stopping by. We are NOT a Tea Room, but a TEA SHOP, offering fine, rare teas which I doubt you will find in a typical American Grocery store (as you stated). On occasion, we have offered sit-down teas, but only for special occasions and by reservation for groups, etc. We once tried to offer tea on a regular basis to the public (on Fridays, and Sundays) but got very little support, so now only do this for groups such as garden clubs, etc. by previous arrangement. One major event which we do once a month, and which has been quite popular, are our Tea Talks and Tea Tastings. At these events we do serve (buffet style) scones and tea. If you could come to one of these events, you would discover our raison d'etre -- educating the American public regarding fine teas and how to enjoy them. Many of our customers are from England, and not long ago one of them remarked that in England you can not always get good tea -- as in this country, you have to know where to go. By the way, if you do come back again, and we hope you will, please read some of the positive responses we have received as noted in our guest book on the counter. This year, by the way, is our 30th year in business.

    • Wendy

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      BEWARE: Don't plan to go here as a destination without calling ahead to make sure they are preparing tea to serve. They prepare tea to serve one day out of the week and you need reservations. The staff are very knowledgeable, but one woman was incredibly pushy and kept trying to change my purchase to a more expensive variety that I clearly wasn't interested it. I will not go back.

      Tearoom response:

      We do not know where this person received information that we serve tea one day our of the week...We have never done this. Whenever we have offered tea, it has always been published in advance, and usually on special occasions (Mothers Day, etc). Also, the lady in charge (the proprietor) is extremely knowledgable regarding tea, and often when explaining how wonderful and healthy they are, she may seem over-stating the issue. Sometimes customers have a chip on their shoulder when they arrive, and make up their minds that they do not want to hear any advice, etc. It may seem pushy, but all the information given has nothing to do with trying to sell a more expensive tea!

    • Deborah

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      A small but interesting selection of teas, instructive preparation, and kindly people BUT this is NOT what I would call a tea room. It is a retail store that occassionaly prepares tea and very disappointing as a destination.

      Tearoom response:

      No, we are not a tea room as such, but a TEA SHOP which on occasion serves afternoon tea by reservation on selected dates throughout the year (such as Mothers Day, etc). We specialize in fine, rare loose teas and tea accoutrements, and selected gift items. Our main reason for being is first of all, the Gardens, which were founded here 30 years ago (this year marks our 30th anniversary and we plan to have a special event in July 2006). The gardens are all formal and based on historical designs and patterns. They are been featured in many publications including National Geographics Guide to the Best Public Gardens In US, also recently featured on HGTV. Perhaps the person who responded that she was disappointed may have come at a time when the gardens were not open (in winter or early spring), but we do hope she will not give up on us and come back again.