With less than 48 hours to spend on a short weekend getaway to Boston, I had to fit in at least one afternoon tea. My choice? The Langham Boston.
After all, the hotel group’s first location in London is known as “the place where the tradition of afternoon tea was born”. Plus, mix in a bit of pink, Wedgwood china and consistency in all locations, and you have afternoon tea at The Langham Boston.
The Langham Boston is located in downtown Boston’s financial district, which is why the hotel is in what was once the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The area was quiet on a weekend afternoon, but I can imagine it’d be filled with office workers and a mix of tourists during the weekdays.
I walked to the hotel from Copley Square, where some of Boston’s famous sites are. It was about a 40 minute walk from there to The Langham Boston. I enjoyed every minute of the walk though since I like walking since it’s the best way to see a city (and I mean, I’m from New York :D).
Afternoon tea at The Langham Boston is served at The Reserve, the hotel’s lobby lounge just to the left upon entering from the front. Right at the entrance of the lounge was a piano, where live music was being played throughout my afternoon tea experience.
Weekends are the busiest for the lounge, and there was a baby shower and bridal shower occurring along with four or five other tables with guests having tea. Needless to say, it was a bit on the loud side. More of a people watching occasion than a time for serious conversation. But with a table off to the corner surrounded by couches, I was slightly away from all the action.
Langham hotels have their own teas blended just for them. I didn’t see The Langham Blend, which I ordered when I was in New Zealand, so I opted for The Langham Breakfast.
This tea is based on the classic English Breakfast and is a blend of Second Flush Indian Assam, First Flush Indian Darjeeling and Uva Season High Grown Sri Lankan black tea. Another tea blended just for Langham is the The Palm Court blend, which my mom is a fan of.
The Langham Boston has one tea package, The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood. Apart from the traditional afternoon tea, The Langham Boston offers a glass of champagne and or other foods for an additional price.
I went with the additional food, which I did not regret! I always love when a hotel’s afternoon tea incorporates local flavors to their food. So I had to try the lobster since I was in New England.
The lobster, avocado, organic tomato and basil salad.
And also sizeable chocolate covered strawberries. I loved the Langham pink decor.
The additional food made the afternoon tea really filling, so you can ask to take whatever you don’t finish with you.
The Savory – (three varieties per person)
House smoked salmon parfait on Boston brown bread, egg and chive salad on brioche, tarragon chicken and spring onion salad vol-au-vent, English cucumber and dill farmer’s cheese on sour dough.
I was told the smoked salmon in the salmon parfait is actually smoked at the hotel!
The Scone – (two scones per person)
One original scones with lemon curd, Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam.
The Sweet – (four varieties per person)
Strawberry glazed vanilla bean cream puff, hazelnut marjolaine cake, blueberry and lemon ricotta tartlet, white chocolate, mango and basil crystal pop.
The regular tables around the lounge have the usual three tiered tray but if you are seated at a table with couches, you’ll get an afternoon tea tray that stands off the table. (It’s also really tall!)
Also, Langham hotels work with the famed English fine china company, Wedgwood to create cups, saucers and plates for afternoon tea.
We had initially been given a seat right in the center of the lounge. There were so many people due to two different parties and other guests enjoying afternoon tea. We asked to change a couch in the corner we saw was empty and they were happy to move us.
Our server was also really informative. Apart from the usual explaining of each thing on the tray, he also told us other facts, like the fact that the salmon is smoked in house.
Yes. If you’re not staying at hotel, you can enter your email address to receive two hours of complimentary WiFi at The Langham Boston.
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Just two weeks after a trip to London, where I had several afternoon teas, I am happy to report that The Langham Boston’s afternoon tea is in fact very traditional! If you’re in Boston, be sure to spend an afternoon for tea at the hotel.
Cost: $45 for The Langham Afternoon Tea + Reserve Additions $12 (in this review)
Tea Time: Daily 2 -7 pm at The Reserve
The Langham Boston
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110
Note: Thank you to The Langham Boston for providing the afternoon tea for this review. As always, all views and opinions are my own.