Saturday, June 20, 2015

Boston Eats: Afternoon Tea at the Boston Public Library

The menu was pasted in an old book---so charming!

Our spot overlooking the courtyard.



A perfect cuppa.



Post afternoon tea walk around Copley Square.


Afternoon Tea at the Boston Public Library

(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! 

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