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  • The Quail & Thistle Tea Room

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    Quail & Thistle mastered the art of making us feel we were at a fine establishment, yet at home in the archetype of Grandmother's kitchen at the same time. The service was very dignified, friendly and personalized. There was a roaring fire in the large stone fireplace, sweet tea pots, cups and saucers everywhere, and views of nature out every multipane window. Even the parking area has a pastoral view of their orchard and pretty goats. We got an assortment of all kinds of tiny creative and traditional sandwiches, followed by a tree of all kinds of tiny sweets that our whole table shared. The variety gave everyone a different assortment of treats. We all kept sampling, until we felt full and satisfied. The food was very fresh, homemade, and every single thing had a well balanced flavor. We had a dozen of us in our party, and as we moved from our starter pot of tea, to our main meal pot of tea, to our dessert tea, we got quite chatty, and by the time we left I couldn't believe how much time had gone by in conversation. It all felt rather European not to be rushed, even as other visitors came and went. One relative commented as we left: 'We need to do this every time we come to town!'