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Wonderful! Real Afternoon Tea!

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ChowJon99x Jan 5, 2010 03:28 PM

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

http://www.anabeallstearoom.com/

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.

Enjoy!

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    Heleneaniela RE: ChowJon99x Mar 22, 2011 09:38 AM

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

    1. ambrose RE: ChowJon99x Mar 22, 2011 11:00 AM

      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:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678479

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

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        HillJ RE: ambrose Mar 22, 2011 05:35 PM

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

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          ambrose RE: HillJ Mar 22, 2011 06:18 PM

          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).

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            HillJ RE: ambrose Mar 22, 2011 06:24 PM

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

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        jodell RE: ChowJon99x Mar 26, 2011 10:20 PM

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

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