Where: Boston, Massachusetts Style: Traditional Tea Selection: 9 loose leaf teas by Palais des Thés Teatimes: Daily, 2:30-4:30 Reservations: 24-hour notice Contact: 617-856-7744 Cost: $60 Champagne Tea; $50 Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tips: Find Rowes Wharf Sea Grille either by traversing the lobby of the Boston Harbor Hotel, or through the harbor-facing entrance of the hotel, via the waterfront boardwalk.
Destination Tea Notes: Afternoon tea is done very well at Boston Harbor Hotel’s Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, whose deep ocean blue, cream and wood-toned decor creates an ideal environment for a ladies-and-gentlemen tea. Having arrived early for our teatime, we start on the scenic wharf patio where my husband enjoys a pint of craft beer and a bowl of chowder. We then are led to our prepared table inside the quiet restaurant for a relaxed, scrumptious afternoon tea. You might expect a certain stuffiness at a historic luxury hotel such as this, but rather we find the atmosphere and service to be all the things we like in an upper class establishment: attentive, refined and gracious.
Where: Boston, Massachusetts Style: Traditional Tea Selection: 30 loose leaf teas by J’enwey Tea Co. Teatimes: Saturday to Sunday, 12:30, 1, 3 or 3:30 Reservations: Recommended Contact: 617-598-5255 Cost: $58 La Reine Royale; $54 Taj Royale; $48 Taj Tea; $38 The Duchess; $20 Children’s Tea Destination Tea Tips: Look for the stairs labeled “The Dining Room” to find afternoon tea served in the French and Adams Rooms on the second floor.
Destination Tea Notes: Ever since its opening in 1927, Taj Boston has served afternoon tea, giving the experience here an air of traditional authenticity. We appreciate the gentleman playing classical guitar as an alternative to the usual hotel pianist. As the window-lit tea rooms fill with guests whose conversation swells above the gentle music, servers efficiently tend to us, and even provide our neighbors with a second round of their favorite tea sandwiches upon request. Of the two tea curates that come in sequence to serve six savories and then scones and desserts, we favor the culinary crafting of the savories and scones, over the dessert course that could be more interestingly delightful. And for we non-teetotalers, a special treat awaits (as an optional add-on), combining two of our favorite things: tea + cocktails.
Where: East Atlanta, Georgia Style: Brightly modern Tea Selection: 50 loose leaf teas Teatimes: Special afternoon tea events Reservations: Advance ticket purchase required Contact: 404-424-4069 or online Cost: $25 Afternoon Tea (or $35 for two) Destination Tea Tips: You’ll find Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot inside the Endulge Cupcake Boutique. Prepare to take home unique tea blends you won’t find elsewhere (and perhaps some gourmet cupcakes too). New seasons will mean new afternoon tea menus to try at Jayida Ché, so keep revisiting our Atlanta afternoon tea directory to keep abreast of upcoming themed tea dates.
Destination Tea Notes: We love to see family happily working together, and better yet, towards a worthy goal: to blend teas that are “tasty to the palate and beneficial for the body.” We enjoyed meeting sweet and smiling aunty-niece duo Aleathia Saleem and Mariyah Sabir, who make their afternoon tea menu from scratch (excepting the dessert course, naturally provided by Endulge Cupcake Boutique, whose space Jayida Ché shares). Truer to the original British custom, this afternoon tea serves a satisfying three courses in moderate portions. While many Jayida Ché teas are herbal tisanes — (meaning the blends don’t use black, green, white or oolong teas from the camellia sinensis tea plant) — hearty tea drinkers (such as ourselves) should not shy away! Indeed, we sample herbal blends with powerfully good flavor, and delight in the tea menu’s seasonal blends, during a leisurely teatime, with just the right amount of attentiveness from Mariyah. It feels good to be in this bright space with high, open ceilings, where multi-generational customers pop in for a spot of tea and conversation. Finally, we couldn’t leave without sampling one more tea from this collection, so we happily ordered a cup of the woman’s health blend, Mama Ché — to go!