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Spring is here, time for tea for: 2 teahouses in the area-

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Spring is here, time for tea for: 2 teahouses in the area-

Heathen & Spells | Mar 22, 2005 11:55 AM

1st the Wenham Tea House (Rte 1A, off rt 128, exit 20N; luncheon 11:30, 12:30, 1:30; tea 3:15-4:30; 978-468-1398; closed sun and holidays)- This lovely house on beautiful grounds is at the center quadrangle of Wenham. They began serving tea at the beginning of the last century to the "Ladies" who lived on the estates and farms in the area. The luncheons are particularly splendid- a real old-fashioned "Ladies luncheon". Chicken croquettes, cold salmon in cucumber sauce, delicate turkey clubs that type of fare. Very well prepared. They also do their own baking and are wonderful bakers- cinnamon loafs, cookies which are also available for take-out. Now the tea- my one caveat and I know this is a serious one is that they do NOT serve loose tea BUT once you get over that it is truly a lovely and well done afternoon tea. One helps oneself to hot tea (they do have high quality teabags, black tea and herbal), iced tea, hot coffee (which is excellent), and iced coffee and sugar, cream et al on a sideboard. The serving staff is very attentive to make sure that there is always boiling water, and everything else out and ready. Their tea food is wonderful- excellent, just right classic English scones served properly w/ clotted cream and a dark berry fruit jam (bright and yummy tasting.) Their tea sandwiches are wonderful, fresh and interestingly filled- chicken salad, cream cheese and cucumber, salmon salad, et al- a friend of ours exclaimed after taking a bite "this is the only kind of thing that could make a grown man say the word 'delightful'" The sandwiches and scones, & very cinnamony deep-fried french toast sticks, trifle, and the whole experience. The space w/ the beautiful Victorian grounds outside is very conducive to good conversations and time. Also, they serve wonderful hot cocoa for children (and grown-ups) they are very welcoming to families...2nd the Beechcroft Inn in Brewster (1360 Main St.; 508-896-9534) (used to be called Brewster Teapot at) from their description "traditional English cream teas on English bone china" This is the best real teahouse that I've ever been to (I've never been to the British Isles). The owner is English. And, yes, indeed she does serve excellent quality loose tea in teapots. She has the system down well. She also serves coffee in french presses. There is so much excellent fare here: ploughman's lunch w/ either excellent cheddar or stilton, your choice, w/ a crusty warm loaf of good, yeasty fragrant bread, and the requisite and delicious Branston pickle; shepherd's pie; a wonderful ham and brie w/ mustard and scallions sandwich on that same warm crusty bread; and scones w/ a pot of yellow (I'm forgetting the name now- something like Dorian's golden cream) clotted cream and jam; her tea sandwiches display arrives on the classic 3-tiered silver serving plate- piquant and interesting sandwiches, great little french pastries, and little teabreads. There are also many salads, and other sandwiches on the menu- and great looking desserts which we've never had space for. Also, soups. Usually when we 1st arrive at the Cape we go here 1st to "revive" ourselves- to become refreshed and then see all there is to see/sea....

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