Steeped in Sweetness

Savor tea—and tasty fare—at Cape shops, restaurants, & inns.

Traditionally, we have thought of the tearoom as a gathering spot for the female gender—a quaint and quiet place where women can socialize and enjoy a cup of tea, perhaps with light fare such as sandwiches, soups, salads, and pastries.

However, times have changed since the early years of the 20th century when tearooms were at the height of their popularity. While many of today’s tearoom owners continue to follow the strict traditions of their craft in an effort to provide customers with an authentic English, or Scottish, afternoon tea experience, some proprietors are choosing to expand their menu options and create an atmosphere that is less formal, thus appealing to all segments of the Cape population—including families­—and men!

Steeped in Sweetness

Borsari Tea Room & Gallery

524 Main Street, Dennis

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Set in an old barn that dates back to the 1800s and is situated on a secluded and tranquil property on historic Route 6A, the Village Tea Room at the Borsari Gallery in Dennis comes as close to providing an authentic English tearoom experience as one can find without crossing the pond.

“We believe we have hit all the senses,” owner Bob Borsari says of the business. “From the visual beauty, to the music playing inside the tearoom, to the unique teacups, to the white linens, this is an immersion into an authentic English tea experience.”

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With 30-foot ceilings and 8,000 square feet of space inside, the barn (a favorite reception choice for Cape brides) has been lovingly restored and boasts original hardwood floors and interesting artwork on the walls. In addition to various tea selections, Borsari’s menu features salads, wraps, soups, scones, and—of course—art! “We are a combination art gallery and tearoom,” Borsari says, “and we have several works of art for sale.”

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