(offered Wednesday through Friday afternoons, as of June 2015)
Ambiance - Calm and quiet, an oasis in the busy chaos of the renovations in the rest of the library.
Waitstaff - Attentive.
Savory - I love their variety of savory options, it's a nice counterbalance to the sweet.
Sweet -The lemon poppyseed was a bit overbaked this time (though it hasn't been in the past). The macarons were particularly delicious.
Scones, clotted cream, and jam -Very tasty, and while the adorable jars the jams are served in are a bit clunky, they are too charming not to love.
Tea quality - Nicely done. Tea does not arrive fully steeped, so there is the chance of over-steeping, but they are very good at adding more hot water for a second or third steep.
Cost - $35 per person
Overall - A lovely way to spend an afternoon. If you're planning to have tea with someone that is town for a visit, it's a bonus since you're right in the midst of one of the landmarks of Boston. The library is gorgeous, and absolutely worth a wander. If you are normally unable to go during the week, check back for their holiday tea specials---some years they do offer tea every day of the week!
Sean Collier was the police officer that was gunned down on MIT's campus during the week of the Boston Marathon bombing. He was memorialized on campus with an incredible five-arched stone feat of engineering not too far from where his squad car was parked.