Dining July 09, 2017
Visit These 7 Charming Tea Rooms In Massachusetts For A Piece Of The Past
I don’t know about you, but the thought of a gorgeous afternoon tea spread makes me weak in the knees. With a tower of pastries, a lovely setting and the delicate scent of the hot tea, there’s so much to love about this elegant experience. Here are seven tea rooms in Massachusetts that will absolutely delight you.
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1. Dunbar House Restaurant & Tea Room, Sandwich
They also host an annual Charles Dickens Dinner in December, which is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. At the dinner, you’ll enjoy a four course meal by the fireplace complete with wine, beer and a live reading of A Christmas Carol. There’s limited seating and it sells out quickly, so reserve your spot early in the holiday season. (1 Water Street, Sandwich)
The Dunbar Tea Room is a favorite of travel magazines and local guides due to its impeccable atmosphere and old-world charm. It is located inside a 1740 carraige house and tea is served in an wood-paneled billiards and gentlemen’s smoking room. The tea room has a cozy fireplace for winter and a shady tea garden for the warmer months.
2. Wenham Tea House, Wenham
This utterly charming tea house blends elegance with history. The Wenham Tea House takes back to 1893 when the Wenham Village Improvement Society operated a tea house in order to raise funds for their efforts. To this day, the money generated from the tea house funds local scholarships and town improvement projects. Stop by the tea house for a gorgeous afternoon tea complete with dainty sandwiches, delicious pastries and, of course, a perfect pot of tea. The experience for two is just $48.95, and includes two pots of tea, two freshly baked scones with preserves, homemade clotted cream,
a selection of traditional tea sandwiches and assorted miniature pastries. Reservations are required, so make yours today. (4 Monument Street, Wenham MA)
3. The Optimist Cafe, Yarmouth Port
The Optimist Cafe serves an afternoon tea that is the perfect blend of classy and casual. For just $19.99, you’ll get homemade scones with hand-whipped Devon cream and preserves, an assortment of finger sandwiches, an assortment of specialty desserts, and a piping hot pot of tea. If you just want to drop in for some tea without the frills, it’s just $3.75 for tea leaves prepared in hand-stitched, silken pouches. Try flavors like Orange Dulce, Bombay Chai, Mountain Spring Jasmine or Vanilla Bean. Afternoon tea is served daily from noon to 3 p.m. (134 Route 6A, Main Street, Yarmouth Port)
4. Dobra Tea, Northampton
Dobra Tea in Northampton takes its inspiration not from old-fashioned English tea rooms, but from Chinese, Indian, Korean, Nepalese, Japanese traditions. Inside Dobra, you’ll be treated to a warm and inviting atmosphere and the intoxicating scent of brewing tea. Sit on floor cushions or traditional chairs while you enjoy your pot with friends. (186 Main Street, Northampton)
5. Beth's Bakery & Cafe, Sandwich
Looking for a more casual tea option? Beth’s Bakery & Cafe in Sandwich is a good bet. With a no-fuss counter service system and a lovely outdoor patio, this place offers yummy lunch treats and delicious teas at fair prices. (16 Jarves Street, Sandwich)
6. Mullen's Herbal Tea House, Barre
This family-owned and operated tea house is a fantasy tea party come to life. They specialize in five course themed teas, herbal luncheons, traditional afternoon tea and private teas. With over 100 varieties of tea and delicious homemade snacks, pastries and sandwiches, this spot is fully-equipped to charm you senseless. (3 Worcester Road, Barre)
7. Heath's Tea Room, Rockport
Heath’s Tea Room is a simple and elegant spot. The pastries and snacks served with tea are prepared fresh daily, you can be sure of enjoying a delicious treat on fine china. They have a small gift shop filled with fine bone china teapots, tea accessories and children’s porcelain tea sets from Germany. (43 South St, Rockport)
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