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Jan 5, 2010 03:28 PM

Wonderful! Real Afternoon Tea!

We just took my 80 year old mom to a traditional, English, afternoon Ana Beall's Tea Room in Westfield:

It was great! Tea, of course was wonderful. We had the full "afternoon tea." Not cheap, but worthwhile, $18 a person. Just lovely finger sandwiches (cucumber, curried chicken salad, more), great scones and four wonderful little desserts, including just about the best cream puff I've ever tasted and just about the best rice pudding I have ever tasted.

Atmosphere (we were in one of the upstairs rooms) just absolutely lovely.

If you are a perfectionist, it is not the full, perfectly elegant presentation of a high tea...but
just great. By that I mean the wait staff are just local teens. They do a very nice job, but they are, after all, just teens.

Anyway, I never thought I would have a real afternoon tea. And it was just, absolutely wonderful.


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  1. Have you tried the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel's Sunday afternoon tea?

    1. As I read ChowJon99x's post I got this weird feeling that I'd seen it before and that in fact I had responded to it. Turns out I was right. Somehow, this post from January, 2010 appeared twice and I had responded to the other one, which you can read in the following link:

      As you can see, my experience at Ana Beall's was not quite the same.

      3 Replies
      1. re: ambrose

        ambrose, is Ana Beall's still open? Last time I was in Westfd the place was dark.

        1. re: HillJ

          I believe Ana Beall's is still open. Is it possible that you were there on a Monday or Tuesday, when they are closed? As I recall, they also have odd hours (closing time varies).

          1. re: ambrose

            You know, you're probably right about the day and yes, they do have varied hours; especially for brunch as I recall. Thanks.

      2. Sally Lunn's in chester-- the best tea outside the Isles, the very real deal....