Festive Afternoon Tea in Edinburgh
02 December 2020
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 local restaurants and cafes in Edinburgh are offering a seasonal twist, with Christmas favourites such as mince pies and gingerbread taking centre stage.
So why not treat a friend (and yourself of course!), pull up a chair, relax and enjoy some festive cheer.
Need some inspiration? Check out our top suggestions for festive afternoon tea in Edinburgh. Please remember, always book in advance via the venue’s website or by telephone.
11 – 13 Dec; 18 - 20 Dec 2020 at 2pm.
£25.00 - £29.00 per person.
Served in the beautiful surroundings of Edinburgh Castle; pre booking is required. Each table booking will receive a complimentary gift bag.
£22.00 per person.
Brightening up the dark days of winter, the Dome’s Christmas lights and decorations have become a firm favourite in the city’s Christmas calendar.
Colonnades at the Signet Library
3rd – 31st December 2020, Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
£45.00 per person.
Colonnades at the Signet Library is a delightfully calming escape from the hustle and bustle of the High Street.
Their delectable festive afternoon tea includes tasty bites such as Christmas stuffing balls, hot smoked salmon éclairs and turkey club sandwich bites, followed by chocolate orange sacher tortes, coconut snowballs and of course, mini cherry trifles.
Mouth watering yet?!....
The Scotsman Hotel
Daily from 12pm – 5pm throughout the festive period.
From £19.95 per person.
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.
Their delicious festive afternoon tea includes turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwiches, mince pies, cranberry fruit scones and ginger cake with Mulled wine.
Prestonfield House Hotel
Daily, 12:00 – 19:00.
From £30.65 per person
Sumptuous historic rooms adorned with seasonal decorations, twinkling Christmas trees and roaring open fires, this is Christmas at its finest.
25th November to 30th December 2020.
From £27.50 per person.
Situated on Leith's waterfront, Malmaison bring some festive sparkle to the traditional afternoon tea, with smoked salmon & pickled cucumber on brioche, yule log and almond & mince pie tart among the delights on offer.
The Bonham Hotel
Daily, 3rd - 30th December 2020, 12:00 – 17:00
Enjoy 2 for £29 from 3rd - 30th December 2020. (Usually priced £24.95 per person).
Enjoy fantastically festive and luxurious afternoon tea in the opulent surroundings of The Bonham. Enjoy classic sandwiches, sweet treats and freshly baked scones, washed down with a selection of Brodies tea from all around the world.
The Balmoral Hotel
Daily, 23rd Nov 2020 - 3rd Jan 2021.
From £50.00 per person.
Set in the luxurious Palm Court, enjoy a decadent afternoon tea under twinkling trees and Venetian chandelier.
Their sumptuous festive afternoon tea includes an array of seasonal treats including turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwich, mulled plum and coconut gâteau opera and chocolate and orange financier with cranberry crème fraiche.
The Cafe at the Palace of Holyroodhouse
3 - 31 December, 12:00 – 15:00.
£21.00 per person.
In the historic setting of the Mews Courtyard, the Café at the Palace offers a seasonal menu featuring a delicious array of Christmas-inspired sweets and savouries.
Choose from the finest loose-leaf teas, alongside finger sandwiches, pastries and freshly baked scones.
See website for availability.
£40.00 per person.
Decadent and delicious, enjoy afternoon tea aboard Fingal, a luxury floating hotel permanently berthed on Edinburgh’s vibrant waterfront.
Festive menu includes haggis ball, tarragon mayonnaise; Roast buttered chicken, sage stuffing and Gingerbread chocolate delice, alongside a wide selection of high-grade loose-leaf tea from locally based PekoeTea.
Not just for Christmas, the delights of afternoon tea can be enjoyed in Edinburgh all year round.