Your apartment doesn’t come along with with swirling staircases, windows that overlook the Public Garden and floor to ceiling shelves of old books? Well then we’re guessing you’d more than enjoy a look into one of Beacon Hill’s most beautiful mansions. No we’re not talking about doing a B&E; (that’s breaking and entering for those of you who didn’t indulge in high school). We’re raving about Sunday brunch at Hampshire House in Beacon Hill. While it is generally used for private functions such as weddings and corporate parties, that doesn’t mean the HH doesn’t open up their beautiful doors to the general public.
We had the pleasure of attending the Sunday jazz brunch held in Hampshire House’s library, a museum-esque room that can’t be described as anything but grandiose. A professional pianist played while a string bassist stood and played along, but we have to admit the best part was when someone’s little Beacon Hill tyke got on the ivories for some truly great tunes. What 5 year old has the guts to do that? But the music wasn’t the only reason we’re raving. We ordered the smoked salmon and spinach eggs Benedict, a divine treat that is served with home fries that include caramelized onions and roasted garlic. So elegant, so decadent, so perfect for indulging in on a Sunday morning with a Bloody Mary and some girlfriends. And just a little tidbit of trivia for you: Hampshire House is owned by Tom Kershaw, as is the Cheers bar downstairs which was formerly known as the Bull & Finch Pub, aka the inspiration for Cheers, the television show. But if you’re looking for a place to hold a wedding, work party, or holiday extravaganza, take a few steps up those swirling staircases and look around the Hampshire House. It may not be your house, but you can at least pretend for a few hours during your meal.