July 21, 2013
Eat / restaurants / Renovation

A Renovation at the Bee & Thistle Inn


The Bee & Thistle has been my go-to spot for well-prepared small plates and cocktails in the lounge. A recent update and artistic transformation is oh-so-fitting in art-immersed Old Lyme. The overstuffed couches and tchotchkes have been tossed and replaced with fresh, modern decor, a larger bar and some of my favorite local artists’ work (Brian Keith Stephens, Adrien Broom and Jacques Pepin!).

Several rooms upstairs have had an artsy makeover, too. I especially like “Anya’s Room” whose walls are bedecked with stenciled love letters from Mark Twain to his wife. Our favorite half plates are still available on Tuesday evenings and on Sundays, head over for Bee Laid Back featuring live music, dancing, apps and cocktails from 3 – 6pm. We caught Beat Assist last weekend, a fantastic percussion-heavy six piece band.

If you haven’t traipsed through Old Lyme in a bit, there’s plenty to do: check out new exhibits at The Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Art Academy, The Lyme Art Association, Cooley Gallery and Diane Birdsall. Cafe Flo at the Flo Gris Museum gets my vote for the best and most scenic outdoor lunch on the Shoreline, and is now open every day but Monday. See live music at the brand new Side Door Jazz Club at the historic Old Lyme Inn and sip an espresso with your artisanal chocolates at the new cafe at The Chocolate Shell.
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The Bee and Thistle Inn and Spa sits nestled on five acres bordering the Lieutenant River in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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