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High Tea

jcess7 Jan 28, 2010 06:27 AM

Looking for places in the suburbs and city that do tea service/high tea.

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  1. hotoynoodle RE: jcess7 Jan 28, 2010 07:00 AM

    what i think you're looking for is properly called "afternoon tea", served mid-afternoon with light snacks. high tea was typically served at about 6 in the evening and was a full meal.

    the bristol, the taj, the ritz and the madarin all do it and upstairs on the square does it on saturdays. l'espalier does it on saturdays and sundays.

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      chevrelove RE: hotoynoodle Jan 28, 2010 12:09 PM

      Have done both the Mandarin and Upstairs, and must say that I prefer Upstairs. But maybe I'm just not a fan of the hotel setting (particularly at the Mandarin, where you're set up basically off to the side of the lobby - okay I suppose for people watching, but I prefer a cozier atmosphere).

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        rlove RE: hotoynoodle Jan 28, 2010 12:16 PM

        I can recommend L'Espalier's afternoon tea. It is very enjoyable, quite lovely.

        I also like The Taj's.

        I avoid Upstairs on the Square and am happy to dissuade others, but admittedly I've never been there for afternoon tea.

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          hunterboston RE: rlove Jan 28, 2010 12:51 PM

          I second the Taj. It is "old scool" and remains the "Old Ritz" to me.

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            gini RE: rlove Jan 29, 2010 07:57 AM

            Upstairs does their tea well, but I'm consistently disappointed with their dinner service.

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          Ruprecht RE: jcess7 Jan 28, 2010 09:14 AM

          I have not been there myself, but I have heard good things about Dorset, in Wellesley.

          Dorset Tea & Coffee
          352 Washington St, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

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            iloveporkbelly RE: Ruprecht Jan 28, 2010 12:38 PM

            The Courtyard restaurant at the Boston Public Library has started doing afternoon tea. Saw a sign for it today when I stopped to get a coffee at the their cafe today.

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            robertlf RE: jcess7 Jan 28, 2010 04:17 PM

            I can recommend the Bristol Lounge @ The Four Seasons.

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              gimlis1mum RE: robertlf Jan 29, 2010 10:16 AM

              We liked the tea at The Four Seasons, too. I was a little disappointed when we tried the Ritz, though perhaps my expectations were higher because it was the Ritz. We've also tried afternoon tea at the BPL and the food was good, the room was nice, but the service was terrible - we waited a very long time to order, for our food to arrive, and then to get the bill. this was a few years ago, though, so things may have improved.

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                iloveporkbelly RE: gimlis1mum Jan 29, 2010 11:07 AM

                It is a new company, The Catered Affair out of Hingham, that running the BPL restaurant. Believe that it is a recent change. Not sure who was there before.

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                  robertlf RE: iloveporkbelly Feb 14, 2010 02:50 AM

                  FYI - The Catered Affair is a great catering company. We have had a couple of positive experiences with them.

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                    catsmeow RE: robertlf Feb 14, 2010 05:30 AM

                    I also used them as a caterer and was extremely happy with them.

            2. BostonZest RE: jcess7 Jan 28, 2010 06:21 PM

              Sadly, the Boston Tea Cup blog ( http://www.bostonteacup.com/ ) has not been updated since last April but, it is still worth a look. This team did a great job of covering this subject.


              1. jcess7 RE: jcess7 Jan 29, 2010 07:09 AM

                How about suburb locations?

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                  queeny RE: jcess7 Jan 29, 2010 08:06 AM

                  Colonial inn in Concord. I went quite a few yrs back, they should still have it

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                    Allstonian RE: queeny Jan 29, 2010 08:21 AM

                    My wedding rehearsal meal was afternoon tea at the Colonial Inn, in the spring of 2002. Like other dining there, it was decent but not great at that time; I suspect that like other dining there it's gone downhill a bit in the intervening years.

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                    gimlis1mum RE: jcess7 Jan 29, 2010 10:10 AM

                    Haven't been there yet, but I want to try the afternoon tea at The Exchange in Wenham. The Wenham Museum is right across the street; they have a great model train room and kid-friendly exhibits on the lower level, and a small costume display on the main floor. Depening on who comprises your party, the museum/tea combo could make for a nice day out.


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                      teawriter RE: jcess7 Feb 13, 2010 08:07 PM

                      Left Bank Cafe in Tyngsboro (OK - OUTER suburbs) does a fantastic afternoon tea.

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                      ahipoke RE: jcess7 Feb 7, 2010 07:07 PM

                      We really liked the afternoon tea on three occasions at the Boston Harbor Hotel (Intrigue Cafe) but the last time we went was more than two yrs. ago, both for the delicate sandwiches, the scones that were more English than American, and the cakes that had just the right amount of sweetness.

                      Does anyone know if it's still available? I haven't been able to find it on their website...

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                        EllenMM RE: jcess7 Feb 7, 2010 08:09 PM

                        All Things Tea in Plymouth has an afternoon tea service - and you can get you tea leaves "read" if you are so inclined. It's all on their website:

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