Enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea in Edinburgh

09 November 2022

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Tiny sandwiches, dainty savouries and delectable cakes, accompanied by tea or a glass of fizz – 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.

So why not treat yourself, a friend or the family and enjoy some festive cheer at our top recommendations…...

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.

Served in the delightful Georgian Tearoom, their afternoon tea includes all the usual favourites, as well as festive favourites of turkey & cranberry sauce finger sandwiches and mince pies.

£27.00 -  £34.00 per person.

28 November – 08 January


The Scotsman Hotel

The luxurious Scotsman Hotel retains many of its original features, including luxurious floor to ceiling wood panelled rooms, grandiose marble staircase and stained-glass windows. It’s the perfect space for relaxing with a glass of something bubbly and enjoying their festive-themed afternoon tea.

From £29.95 per person.

Available throughout December


Edinburgh Castle

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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, complete with an Edinburgh Castle Gin or Prosecco

This package includes admission to Edinburgh Castle.

£22.50 - £35.00 per person.

1-2, 4-8, 11-15 and 18-22 December


The Scottish Café & Restaurant

The Scottish Cafe Christmas Afternoon Tea

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

Their delectable Christmas afternoon tea includes free range turkey with cranberry mayonnaise, cheese scone with Heatherfield smoked salmon, mini mince pies and raspberry macarons with vanilla ganache.

£30.00 - £35.00 per person

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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 features prawn marie rose brioche bun and a selection of scones with festive fruit jam & clotted cream. It is rounded off with a tantalising range of pastries, including salted caramel brownie, white chocolate & cocoa nib mousse and vanilla & tonka bean crème, apple tatin & pecan streusel crunch.

£65.00 per person.

01 December – 04 January


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.

£20.00 - £25.00 per person.

Served throughout December


Royal College of Physicians

Royal College Of Physicians

A renowned centre for medical learning, The Royal College of Physicians on Queen Street is both a historic and elegant building.

This December, for one day only, the magnificent Great Hall will be hosting a special festive afternoon tea.

The delectable menu will include a selection of beautifully handcrafted savouries and sweet treats.Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to pick up some unique Christmas gifts from a variety of stalls housed within the cosy setting of the New Library.

£45.00  - £60.00 per person

03 December


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 seasonal sandwich options and festive patisseries, all served with a pot of their small batch Christmas leaf tea blends.

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.

Turkey & cranberry sandwiches and prawn & baby gem lettuce brioche rolls are followed by warm scones with cream & jam, before finishing with mini mince pies, Victoria sponge, mango & passion fruit torte, glazed chocolate rum delice and blackcurrant & vanilla profiteroles,

£22.00 - £30.00 per person

See website for availability


Mimi’s Bakehouse Leith

Mimis Festive Afternoon Tea

A popular place for tea and cake all year round, Mimi’s Bakehouse in Leith is offering a stunning Christmas Afternoon Tea guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.

Make sure you have a small breakfast as you’ll not want to miss filling up on delights such as pigs in blankets, brie & cranberry crostini, cranberry & chocolate orange scones, mini yule logs and coconut snowball truffles. You can even decorate your own gingerbread man!

£30.00 - £40.00 per person

24 November - 24 December


The Ivy on the Square

Located on St Andrew Square, the striking and vibrant atmosphere of The Ivy on the Square is a lovely place to wile away an afternoon. And what better way to do it than with their festive afternoon tea.

The decadent menu includes smoked salmon & cream cheese finger sandwiches, goose & chicken truffle brioche rolls, warm fruit scones with clotted cream, fresh strawberries & strawberry preserve, followed by sweet treats such as white chocolate & gingerbread pot, mince pies and madeleine with winter berry & redcurrant compote.

£26.95 - £35.95

See website for availability


The Palace of Holyroodhouse

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The King's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history, The Palace of Holyroodhouse looks magnificent during the festive season, with garlands and seasonal foliage decorating the stately rooms.

Located in the historic Mews Courtyard, Café at the Palace offers afternoon tea all year round, but during the festive season you’ll be treated to a Christmas-themed tea, with mince pies, Christmas cake and mulled wine.

£25.00 - £35.00 per person.

See website for availability



Fingal Afternoon Tea Image Credit Macneill(Image Credit: Fingal, MacNeill)

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.

Be filled with festive spirit as you discover a selection of the finest teas perfectly matched with divine sweet and savoury delicacies.

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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 >