any suggestions for a place in boston or the suburbs for high tea. i have been to "up on the square" but i wasnt that impressed. it can be casual, i'm just looking for nice tea sandwiches
've never been but I found this info. You can also check Tea Map. The Colonian Inn in Concord serves their "tea" on Sunday. I also saw an amazing "tea" being served at the Chatham Bar Inn, in Chatham, MA.
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Four Seasons, Bristol Lounge, Daily 3-4:30pm
L'Espalier, Saturdays 2-3pm
Park Plaza Hotel, Swan Lounge, Friday - Sunday, 3-4:30pm
Boston Harbor Hotel - Intrique Cafe, Daily from 2:30pm to 4:00pm.
Concord's Colonial Inn - Fri-Sun 3pm to 5pm.
The Lounge at The Ritz Carlton, Boston, Wednesday - Sunday 2:00pm - 4pm
I've done the high tea at the ritz and the park plaza. both are lovely, can't go wrong with either, but the ritz had a nicer atmophere and better food.
The Colonial Inn Concord is quite good. I didn't like their sandwiches particularly because they were more f the croissant type, filled with sliced cheeses and meats. That was just my experience there, they may have changed sandwich selection.
When i lived in Tyngsboro, I would sometimes go to Crumpets Tea Room in Andover. They had a wonderful 3-tier tray with mostly tea sandwiches, and a scone or two with preserves. I think it was Queens or Princess or something service.
In Boston, I would recommend Intrigue @ BHH (harbour setting, ok tea, great food) and Cafe Fleuri's Afternoon Tea service (more traditional room, decent teas, good sandwiches). For a more casual, quick tea, Copley library's Novel is good. The room is very high-domed and i liked the setting, but the acoustics were awful. They serve in good china and silverware, but food was just ok. Still, i was glad for the respite on a rainy day.
I've been to: Bristol Lounge (best food but inconsistent service), The Ritz (second best food and great service), Boston Harbor Hotel (okay food, fine service)
grrrr.. sorry, minor rant. you're actually looking for afternoon tea, not high tea.
my last few times at the taj the service has been so utterly indifferent, i'm seriously doubting ever returning. i'd vote bristol, then bhh.