Dine at Mayflower Inn and Spa

Farm-fresh seasonal cuisine that showcases New England’s incredible bounty

Farm-fresh New England cuisine
The best part of working at Mayflower Inn & Spa is working with the incredible local ingredients found in the surrounding Connecticut countryside and just off the New England coast, from artisan cheeses to the freshest shellfish, sourced through specially cultivated relationships with area farmers and purveyors.
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Unforgettable Dining

The Mayflower Dining Room

Come here for delicious, beautifully-presented New England-inspired Modern American dishes, from herb-poached lobster with wild arugula and Berkshire heritage pork chop with lollipop kale, all overlooking sweeping views of the immaculately manicured Shakespeare Gardens.
  • Mood is elegant and romantic
  • Overlooking the Shakespeare Gardens
  • Breakfast: Closed until further notice.
  • Lunch: Closed until further notice. Pickup orders are available
  • Dinner: Closed until further notice. Pickup orders are available.
  • Sunday Brunch: Closed until further notice. Pickup orders are available.
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The Tap Room

A gathering spot for locals, this is where to enjoy our dynamic take on casual country fare, including a warm Maine lobster roll and our signature burger and crisp fries, with a handcrafted cocktail in a relaxed, comfortable setting.
  • Mood is casual and relaxed
  • Adjacent to the Mayflower Dining Room
  • Breakfast: Closed until further notice.
  • Lunch: Closed until further notice. Pickup orders are available.
  • Dinner: Closed until further notice. Pickup orders are available.
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Dine with a Noma legend, who helmed the Best Restaurant in the World

Join Chef Mads for a one of a kind culinary experience as he visits Litchfield county and explores the Bounty of the region this Autumn, October 1-3. Chef Mads is known as one of the initial partners of the four-time Best Restaurant in the World, Noma in Copenhagen. You will have the opportunity to not only meet Chef Mads but join him on a foraging trip to find unique and local ingredients that he will incorporate into an inspired dinner prepared for you. You'll also learn the art of foraging from expert Tama Matsuoka. Thursday, October, 1 - Saturday, October, 3.

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Private Dining

When you crave a night unlike any other, our dining team can set up an intimate private dining experience either in your luxury guest room or suite, library or wicker porch. It will unfold in an atmosphere of understated romance—created for you two and for one unforgettable moment in time.

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Chef Lacy's Bread and Butter Pickles

Recipe: Bread and Butter Pickles

House-made bread-and-butter pickles are sweet, tangy, appeal to kids and adults and make just about any sandwich, burger or hot dog taste better. We especially love them on the fried chicken sandwich at the Mayflower Inn and Spa. Executive Chef Lacey Lou Franklin’s quick recipe can easily be recreated at home.

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Eat What Do Stilettos and Ice Cream Have in Common?

Arethusa Farm and Dairy is widely-known for its old-fashioned ice cream, but most people are surprised to learn that the farm’s award-winning, creamy goodness all began with the signature stiletto heels that regularly appeared on “Sex and the City.” That’s right— high-end shoe brand Manolo Blahnik’s President and VP, George Malkemus and Tony Yurgaitis, are the farmers behind Arethusa Farm, and have been since 1999. Now you know who to thank for the most delectable dairy products you can imagine.

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Go Clink Glasses to A Weekend of Countryside Life

The city that never sleeps often sends me seeking elsewhere to find restoration— and a long afternoon spent over peach wine amid the rolling hills at Hopkins Vineyard is usually that place. The haven along the Connecticut Wine Trail, a collection made up of 24 vineyards statewide, is something out of a countryside fairytale. With a charming red barn and endless greenery, the vineyard melts away the memory of city hustle and bustle and soothes you into savoring the sweetness of countryside life.

Wine Enthusiast
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Do Cider Donuts, Pick-Your-Own Apples, and A Cidery

Rain or shine, the Averill Farm Stand is open, and rain or shine, I go for the heavenly apple cider donuts. A true must-visit in the town of Washington, Averill Farm is primarily a fruit orchard that has been family-run for 10 generations and counting. The hidden gem awaits at the end of a lovely drive, minutes from the Mayflower Inn. Abundant with the simple delights of the countryside— cut flowers, homemade jams, honey, cheeses, locally-sourced pies and more— the charming farm provides a special experience to immerse in the farm-to-table culture of Connecticut.

Cheerful Local
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Drink The BYOB Seafood Detour Worth Taking

Searching for the best hot lobster roll around? You can find it at West Shore Seafood. Located in Bantam, the seafood market and eatery is a detour-turned-destination for locals and visitors alike. Whether a much anticipated pit stop for passersby on the road, or a Saturday tradition, the restaurant keeps people coming back with its truly mouthwatering gourmet eats and relaxed atmosphere.

Connecticut Native
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