THE BLUE WILLOW TEA ROOM
36 Water Street • Randolph, ME 04346 • 207-458-1825
An auction house located in a former purse factory may seem an unusual place for a tearoom, but the loyal patrons of the Blue Willow Tea Room have turned this unlikely venue into a favorite luncheon destination. The tearoom, named for the china pattern loved by owner Patty Farrin’s grandmother, is sunny, cheerful, and decidedly feminine.
Five four-seat tables are each decorated with a different theme—Blue Willow, pink Depression glass, bone china, cut glass, and chintz—and they are done so beautifully, customers often ask if they can purchase the whole table! Patty serves lunchtime teas two days a week, offering her homemade goods on traditional three-tiered trays, and guests may choose from 30 varieties of tea. The menu changes with the season—summer brings fresh-fruit or lemon-thyme scones, and sandwiches often include Maine’s signature lobster as an ingredient.
Patty also hosts special events on the weekends, like the recent Downton Abbey gathering (where she dressed up as Mrs. Patmore), as well as baby and bridal showers and other parties. “I love the appeal of making events pretty,” says Patty, who admits to a fondness for doilies, cupcake wrappers, and such. “It’s rewarding to see how happy people are while they’re here.”