Enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea in Edinburgh.

03 December 2021

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Tiny sandwiches, dainty savouries and delectable cakes, accompanied by tea or Prosecco – who doesn’t love the traditional pastime of Afternoon Tea. And with the festive season upon us, many Edinburgh restaurants, bars and cafes are offering a seasonal twist, with Christmas favourites such as mince pies and gingerbread taking centre stage. Why not add some extra sparkle with an optional add-on Prosecco, gin or a seasonal cocktail - well, it is Christmas after all!

So, this Christmas, treat yourself or treat a friend and enjoy some festive cheer at our top recommendations…...


Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle Christmas Afternoon Teas

Served in the beautiful surroundings of the Queen Anne Room at Edinburgh Castle, this festive-inspired menu includes roast turkey, cinnamon and cranberry sandwiches, Victoria sponge Christmas tree and traditional Christmas cake. 

This package experience includes admission to Edinburgh Castle.

From £22.50 per person.

Friday 3 – Wednesday 8, Sunday 12 – Wednesday 15 and Sunday 19 – Wednesday 22 December 2021.



Fingal Exterior Image Credit Jeremy Rata(Image Credit: Jeremy Rata)

An afternoon of nautical luxury awaits aboard Fingal, a luxury floating hotel permanently berthed on Edinburgh’s vibrant waterfront. With all the glamour and style of a superyacht but with an old-world charm, this is nautical life at its finest.

Fingal’s Festive Afternoon Tea features five-courses, including buttermilk scones with strawberry and Champagne jam; savoury delicacies such as leek & brie tartlet, Fingal smoked salmon & cucumber relish sandwiches and roast chicken & cranberry jelly sandwiches, followed by sweet treats such as praline snowball and a Mont Blanc with cassis jam.

Available until 1 January 2022 (closed 24, 25, 30 and 31 December).


The Dome

Dome Christmas Lights

Brightening up the dark days of winter, The Dome’s Christmas lights have become a firm favourite in the city’s Christmas calendar. Take in the twinkling decorations as you relax in this sumptuous city centre bar & restaurant.

Famous for their morning tea, this Christmas the Dome are launching their first festive morning tea.  Start your day with a boost with an array of festive treats including gingerbread & chocolate Christmas granola, warm croissant and boozy bagel French toast.

From £29.50 per person.

Tuesday 2 November 2021 Sunday 9 January 2022.


Colonnades at the Signet Library

Colonnades at the Signet Library is a delightfully calming escape from the hustle and bustle of the High Street.

Their delectable festive afternoon tea features a selection of amuse bouche including pear & rosemary stuffing ball, smoked chestnut & applewood tart and prawn marie rose, followed by frangipane mince pie, white forest yule log and spiced apple macaron.

£50.00 per person

Wednesday 1 December 2021 – Sunday 9 January 2022.


The Scotsman Hotel

This luxury hotel retains many original features, including luxurious floor to ceiling wood panelled rooms, grandiose marble staircase and stained-glass windows – the perfect space for relaxing with a glass of something bubbly.

The Scotsman Hotel’s delicious festive afternoon tea includes turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwiches, mince pies, cranberry fruit scones and ginger cake with mulled wine.

From £19.95 per person.

Available daily throughout the festive period.


The Balmoral Hotel

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Set in the luxurious Palm Court, enjoy a decadent afternoon tea under twinkling trees and Venetian chandelier at The Balmoral Hotel. 

Their decadent festive afternoon tea includes an array of seasonal treats including Balmoral festive puff, heather honey & Arran mustard glazed gammon sandwiches, egg mayonnaise & mustard cress mini brioche, scones with clotted cream & homemade Balmoral jam and exotic fruit opera with coconut & lime.

From £50.00 per person.

Contact directly to check availability.


The Scottish Café

The Scottish Cafe Christmas Afternoon Tea

Located in the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish Cafe is an award-winning restaurant, sourcing the best locally produced ingredients wherever possible.

With a seasonal twist on their popular afternoon tea, their delicious Christmas afternoon tea menu includes roast free range turkey with cranberry sauce, cheese scone with Heatherfield smoked salmon & Katy Rodger’s creme fraiche and vanilla macarons with orange ganache.

From £29.95 per person.

The Scottish Cafe if open for late night Saturday bookings on 11th and 18th December. Perfect for anyone visiting the Christmas market!

See website for availability.


Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Festive Afternoon Tea At The Waldorf Astoria

Part of the Caledonian Railway's Edinburgh Princes Street railway station that was built in the late 1890’s, the rose-coloured hotel sat in the middle, providing luxury accommodation for disembarking passengers. Today, the station is long gone, but the hotel remains and still offers guests a sumptuous stay in one of the city’s most popular long-standing hotels.

Served in the hotel’s stylish Peacock Alley, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian’s Festive Afternoon Tea includes a festive Hendricks Gin cocktail on arrival, plus a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, buttermilk & clootie dumpling scones and a tantalising range of pastries, complete with your choice of fine loose leaf tea or speciality coffee.

£55.00 per person.

Email hotel directly to book 


Queen Charlotte Rooms

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All aboard to experience the grandeur of the great age of train travel. Replicating the iconic Orient Express, The Queen Charlotte Rooms offers a unique experience for both the discerning traveller and afternoon tea lover.

Served with a glass of mulled wine, their Christmas Afternoon Tea includes an assortment of canapés and puff pastries, finger sandwiches and a selection of Christmas desserts.

From £15.00 per person.

Served throughout December.



Known for it’s extensive range of beers, Brewhemia on Market Street has a range of seasonal experiences on offer this year to get you in the festive spirit.

Their Christmas Afternoon Tea has sweet and savoury fancies, including turkey, brie & cranberry sandwiches, mince pies, winter brownies and gingerbread, all served with your choice of tea or artisan coffee.

From £18.00 per person.

See website for availability.


eteaket Tea Room

Eteaket Afternoon Tea For Two

Sharing the joy of tea since its establishment in 2008, eteaket has been satisfying the folk of Edinburgh with their extensive range of loose leaf tea.

Served in their Frederick Street Tea Room, their Festive Afternoon Tea will have a festive twist with additional seasonal sandwich options and festive patisseries, all served with a pot of any of their delicious teas or a tea latte.

From £17.95 per person.

Available from 1 December.


Browns Edinburgh

Take a break from shopping on George Street and step inside the buzzing brasserie atmosphere of Browns Edinburgh for a Festive Afternoon Tea in sumptuous surroundings.

Prawn & baby gem lettuce, turkey & cranberry sandwiches are followed by warm scones with cream & jam, before finishing with mini mince pies, Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle cake, almond macarons and chocolate mousse flowerpot.

From £25.00 per person.

See website for availability.


Not just for Christmas, the delights of afternoon tea can be enjoyed in Edinburgh all year round. Check out our guide of the top spots to enjoy this traditional pastime >