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Jan 5, 2011 08:24 AM

The Tea Leaf in Waltham MA, some afternoon tea concerns - other tea places???

For those of you who don't know already, Sally's "The Tea Leaf" is an excellent afternoon tea place that also doubles as a great place for conversation, sipping, relaxing, etc.

But we wanted to bring up something that is a bit surprising to us. Sally has also been suggesting other tea places in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. You see, the number of tea places has dropped to the point where they are now banding together to try and save this form of eating out. For those who have not experienced "afternoon tea", please give it a shot.

It's hard to say why the business is starting to struggle, but what it comes down to is that a lot of the entrepreneurs have retired or have moved. Only a couple have not attracted enough business. Some have gotten some bad publicity (Only God knows why the Phantom Gourmet gave Antiquiteas in Salem NH such a lousy review.)

So while looking for a restful quiet "pretty" place to have a family outing or reunion (or something similar), please consider a local tea room; these places may be just what you're looking for.


Tea Leaf
487 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

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  1. Not sure if this qualifies as a true "tea room" (since the serve coffee as well), but L'Aroma Cafe in West Newton does very nice pots of tea.

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    1. re: Science Chick

      We only went once, but Ireally enjoyed the Wenham Tea House. Really pretty in the winter and the food was very good, especially the soup and tea sandwhiches.THey also serve breakfast and lunch.. How is the place in Wellesley. I forgot the name.. Are there others north of boston?

      Wenham Tea House & Shops
      4 Monument St, Wenham, MA 01984

      1. re: chompie

        Wenham Tea house has been recommended to us before. Must be good.

    2. My sister and I brought my mother to the Dunbar Team Room in Sandwich for a belated Mother's Day present. We all loved it and my mother has since brought her friends along for a second visit.
      It isn't as centralized as Waltham, but the drive is pretty much a straight shot and took less than an hour to get to.

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      1. re: SOBoston

        I love the Dunbar Tea Room, never make a trip to the Cape without stopping there. As to the Dorset Tea Room in Wellesley, I found it to have unremarkable food at very high prices.

        1. re: fantundo

          I agree it's worth the trip---and I'm not a big tea drinker. I also really enjoyed the food there.

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