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Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge

21 Jan
Upstairs on the Square tea

The only stand with the coveted Bacon-Wrapped Date filled with Cinnamon Butter on the top tier.

Our Austen in Boston book club toasted the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice with afternoon tea at Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge. ┬áThis restaurant in Harvard Square serves afternoon tea that’s a bit modern and whimsical.

The entrance

The entrance

The restaurant front

The restaurant front

Our menu, with the dishes renamed to commemorate Pride & Prejudice

Our menu, with the dishes renamed to commemorate Pride & Prejudice

Our dining room.  The amounts of pink and purple can look shocking in photos, but looks prettier in person.

Our dining room. The amounts of pink and purple can look shocking in photos, but looks prettier in person.

Zebras were a big theme in the decor

Zebras were a big theme in the decor

The view from upstairs

The view from upstairs

Another stand filled with savories and sweets for our large party

Another stand filled with savories and sweets for our large party

Close-up of savories and scones

Close-up of savories and scones

All tea was served in metal pots. They were labeled as "Gray," "English," and "Rose" to distinguish the pots of Earl Grey, English breakfast, and rose tea.
All tea was served in metal pots. They were labeled as “Gray,” “English,” and “Rose” to distinguish the pots of Earl Grey, English breakfast, and rose tea.
Eclairs filled with a pastry cream

Eclairs filled with a pastry cream

Tarts with fresh fruit

Tarts with fresh fruit

Blue cheese crackers

Blue cheese crackers were divine

This tea stand was made of glass or plastic, and I wasn't as big a fan of the look

This tea stand was made of glass or plastic, and I wasn’t as big a fan of the look

Shades of Pemberley egg salad on profiterole; Mr. Darcy's chicken salad on house-made brioche; Mr. Bingley's four or five thousand a year smoked salmon with caper cream cheese on pumpernickel; and Caroline Bingley's mini gruyere cheese quiche

Shades of Pemberley egg salad on profiterole; Mr. Darcy’s chicken salad on house-made brioche; Mr. Bingley’s four or five thousand a year smoked salmon with caper cream cheese on pumpernickel; and Caroline Bingley’s mini gruyere cheese quiche

Upstairs on the Square tea sweets

Mary’s mini turtle; Charlotte’s classic eclair; Longbourn date nut bread; Mr. Bennet’s chocolate financier; Mr. Wickham’s tiny cupcake of the day; and Lydia’s lemon tartlets with seasonal fruit

The menu customized with Pride & Prejudice names

The menu customized with Pride & Prejudice names