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16th Birthday High Tea

MWFoodTrio Mar 19, 2012 08:51 AM

Thinking of taking our 16 yo and a few friends for high tea for her birthday. Any recommendations? I've been to The Boston Harbor Hotel, The Taj, and The Four Seasons for tea, but not in a LONG time.


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    food_lubber Mar 19, 2012 10:49 AM

    Upstairs on the Square would be lots of fun for that age group

    1. tammyh Mar 19, 2012 12:24 PM

      The Boston Public Library offers an afternoon tea as well. Haven't been there myself, but I've passed by and you might be able to get a view of the courtyard.

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        Crazy Egg Mar 19, 2012 05:54 PM

        L'Espalier offers Afternoon tea. I haven't been, but would LOVE to try. There may be an old thread lurking around.

        Been to all the places OP mentioned, but also haven't been in a while. Most recently (Christmas time), I had tea at Upstairs on the Square and it was lovely. We got a seating by the fire place on the second level and the servings of sandwiches and sweets were generous and delicious. Though I do not remember all the items, I do remember that the food was on par or better than most other places mentioned by OP. More importantly, I didn't get over steeped tea, one of my pet peeves.

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        1. re: Crazy Egg
          chompie Mar 20, 2012 12:56 AM

          dont know what area you are looking in, but if north is ok, you could try the Wenham Tea House. and across the stree is the Wenham museum which may or may not have some exhibits good for teen girls.(its a childrens museum but the age level varies with the exhibits they have at the time.

          1. re: chompie
            northshoregrl Mar 25, 2012 08:42 AM

            i 2nd Wenham Tea House...if memory serves me right... I believe its the oldest running tea house in the country...however, being a North Shore girl...I can tell you i read recently that it has come under new ownership as of February this year. The owners of Henry's Food Market in Beverly will now be running it still as a restaurant/ gift shop focusing on specialty teas. I think it will be reopening again sometime in the late spring maybe April/May?

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          pamlet Mar 24, 2012 07:35 PM

          FYI, you are after a cream or afternoon tea. The term high tea properly refers to an evening meal, most often shortened to "tea" - it's a working class/ Northern thing. In any case, have only tried the Taj one myself. Very nice, but pricey and small quantities for what it was. Wish we had something like Tea and Sympathy (NYC) here - much more like what you'd get in the UK.

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          1. re: pamlet
            terrycatch Mar 26, 2012 01:25 PM

            Interested to read your response, Pamlet. Just recently read a work on Victorian dining customs and rituals and was happy to be set straight on what is (and is not) "high tea." As you note, the tea that US culture identifies as "high tea" - with oodles of yummy pastries and other goodies - was, for the Victorians, simply "afternoon tea." And "high tea," as you correctly point out, was in fact the evening meal, or what we call "dinner."

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