Update: Taj Boston closed in 2019 and reopened in 2021 as The Newbury Boston, which continues to serve afternoon tea.
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.