Our goal at the Bee & Thistle is to pamper, to wrap our guests in comfort – luxurious bedding; thick, soft towels; and wonderful aromas! We want them to wake up in the morning to the smell of organic, fair trade coffee and fresh baked cinnamon buns, tantalizing scones and muffins, or sizzling bacon wafting up the stairs to their rooms. We want them to be excited about leaping out of their cozy beds to see what treats await them in the dining room! And we want to have fun with food!
Our menus are never static – we love to create new combinations, to seek out the latest in “foodie” fashion, to taste and savour the flavours of the world and of the local markets, our own organic garden and the wonderful Italian delis and abundant sidewalk fruit stalls along Commercial Drive. We buy as many free range eggs from a small home grower on Bowen Island as they can produce (see freerangeliving.blogspot.com to check them out). Chickens never had it so good! Our jams are lovingly created every summer in our own kitchen, with enticing flavour combinations such as Raspberry & Chocolate Liqueur Jam/Strawberry with Malibu Coconut & Rum Liqueur Jam/Pear, Pecan & Coffee Jam, Peach/Almond/Frangelico Jam, Rhubarb/Blueberry, and Marguerita Grape Jelly to name only a few.
Our breakfasts are large and often too much for the average person to consume on a daily basis. We encourage light eaters to take their scone or muffin with them and save room for the main course. To make Sunday mornings slightly more relaxed, we invite our guests to begin their breakfast by choosing their favorite items from a self serve buffet consisting of our home made hazelnut cranberry granola, a selection of individual yogurts, juice and a fruit dish, which we follow up with freshly baked muffins, scones, cinnamon buns, or other bread course, then a hot course served by either us or one of our staff.
Following is a sample menu to give you a glimpse of what we are serving the other 6 days of the week (this menu was created for a guest who was allergic to eggs):
• Coffee/Espresso/Tea/Hot Chocolate/Milk
• Mango Lassi
• Honeydew Melon Ribbons with Fresh Blueberries & Lime/Honey Drizzle
• Maple Pecan Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Frosting
• Mushroom Brie Tart
• Home Fried Potatoes
• Maple Glazed Bacon