Monday, January 19, 2015

Boston Eats: Afternoon Tea at the Boston Public Library

I made it just in time to try out the Boston Public Library's Holiday Tea, and let me just say, it was lovely!

It was a beautiful day in Copley Square!

Afternoon Tea at the Boston Public Library (Holiday Tea)

Normally offered Wednesdays through Fridays from 2-4 pm (as of 1.5.15).  Be sure to call directly, their online reservation system is unreliable.

Ambiance - The room was significantly noisier than the last time, though that may have been the time that we went: the had opened up reservations for tea starting at 12:30 pm, which is during the lunch rush.  It quieted down as the afternoon wore on. 
Waitstaff - Attentive and helpful.  We never felt rushed.

Savory - Eight separate lovely sandwiches: wild mushroom and butter, lobster and chive, smoked salmon, cream cheese, roquefort and walnut jam, egg salad, deviled chicken, and cucumber. 

Sweet -A mix of holiday cookies, some peppermint bark, a lemon poppyseed mini bundt cake, a sugar cookie, a miniature mint brownie, and a gingerbread man.

Scones, clotted cream, and jam - One currant scone, one regular scone - tasty and warm.

Tea quality - Since we both chose the same tea, one pot arrived and was refreshed liberally throughout the tea.

Cost - $35 per person for holiday tea; $32 normally

Overall - I only wish this was served on weekends!  It's such a nice tea service, and especially good for those already in the neighborhood exploring the library. 

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