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Afternoon tea

Luxurious, elegant surroundings or a chic and cheerful atmosphere? We have sipped, supped and savoured to bring together our recommendations of the top spots to enjoy afternoon tea in the capital.

Prestonfield

Tantalise your taste buds with a divine selection of leaf teas, home baking and traditional sandwiches served in beautiful surroundings.  In warmer weather guests can enjoy afternoon tea in the rose gardens, gothic tea house on the terrace.  Situated in Priestfield Road, it is only a short taxi ride from the city centre.

Priestfield Road, Edinburgh EH16 5UT (0131 225 7800)

Cannonball Restaurant & Bar

Contini Afternoon Tea

Served from 12noon to 4pm, Iindulge in Contini's traditional Scottish Afternoon tea, served in their cosy bar. Mouthwatering finger sandwiches with seasonal fillings, delicate scones with Scottish smoked salmon and delicious petit fours, all made in house by their team of pastry chefs. Choose your own loose leaf tea at the table from the beautiful Scottish selection. The perfect afternoon treat.

Grand Café

Grand Cafe Afternoon Tea 

The Grand Cafe at The Scotsman invite you to enjoy their very own revival and interpretation of Afternoon Tea - handmade with love and care, it is truly a joy to behold, and one they are happy to share with you. Fully handcrafted by the Grand Café's in-house Pastry Chef, our selection includes hand cut finger sandwiches, savory bites, miniature desserts, and truly scrumptious homemade scones and jam from only £19.95 per person served within this beautiful venue steeped in charm.  Pre-booking is essential.

20 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1TR (0131 622 2999)

Browns

Browns Afternoon Tea Collage

Nestled among the neo-classical town houses and pretty Georgian squares of New Town and taking inspiration from 1920s interiors, the beautiful new-look Browns echoes art deco styling with high ceilings, black and white tiled floors and opulent gold finishes - providing a simply stunning backdrop for guests to enjoy afternoon tea.

Browns Edinburgh is home to a magnificent new bar serving expertly hand-crafted cocktails and a fabulous range of wine and Champagne, Scottish gins and whiskies. The bar is open to all guests, dining or not. They also host weekly live piano performances, making the experience even more stylish, intimate and magical.

131-133 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JS (0131 225 4442), Website

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The Colonnades

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Set within the beautiful Signet Library, The Colonnades provides a truly memorable afternoon tea experience from start to finish. Every detail is just so, from the incredibly ornate, neo-classic decor to the bespoke silver tea stand on which your delicacies are served. Their sandwiches and cakes are all made using the finest, fresh seasonal ingredients with gluten free and vegetarian options available. They also have an extensive list of teas, including their own signature blend, or for an even more luxurious experience there's champagne, cocktails and even their own gin created in partnership with Edinburgh Gin. 

The Signet Library, Parliament Square Edinburgh EH1 1RF (0131 225 0651)

The Dome

The Dome Cream Tea

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Enjoy afternoon tea in majestic surroundings in The Dome’s Georgian Tea Room in George Street in the heart of the city.  Delicate finger sandwiches are served along with light scones and clotted cream and a selection of mouth-watering pastries accompanied by your choice of tea or coffee.  Served from 11am-5pm, be sure to book ahead as spaces for this sought-after afternoon tea books well out in advance.

14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF (0131 624 8624)

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace Of Holyroodhouse Afternoon Tea

In the historic settings of the mews courtyard at Holyrood Palace afternoon tea is served daily between 12.pm-3.30pm. Enjoy a delicious range of home-made cakes, pastries and sandwiches served with your choice of palace loose leaf tea. For a touch of luxury we offer a special champagne afternoon tea. Top Tip: Look out for their crown cappuccino rich or sample their rich soaked fruit cake - delicious.

98 Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DX (0131 652 3685)

The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian Hotel

The Caledonian Waldorf Astoria Hotel Afternoon Tea

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Definitely one for a ladies afternoon out. A sophisticated and elegant ambience welcomes you for afternoon tea in Peacock Alley.  This heart of the The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian Hotel reflects the glamour of a bygone era.  Your choice of loose leaf tea or speciality coffee is served with a divine selection of dainty sandwiches and delightful pastries.  There are two options to choose from and they’ve even remembered the kids with a fun menu including iced tea and babycino.

Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 2AB (0131 222 8832)

The Palm Court, Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel Afternoon Tea

Exquisite.  One word sums up the style and luxury of the afternoon tea served in the Balmoral’s Palm Court.  Sumptuous surroundings and a delicious palate of tasty treats await you as you chat with friends and people watch in this Edinburgh landmark hotel in the heart of Princes Street.

1 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ (0131 556 2414)

The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant

The Scottish Cafe Afternoon Tea Collage

Served from 3pm daily, £25 per person. A selection of fresh homemade sandwiches, Isle of Mull cheese scone with Belhaven smoked salmon, warm fruit scones with jam and cream together with sweet treats from our Petit fours trolly. Served with Scottish leaf tea – the perfect afternoon tea!

The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL (0131 225 1550)

Eteaket

Eteaket Scone

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Vibrant and quirky, this welcoming little tea room in Frederick Street  is a popular choice with both residents and visitors.  Mismatched vintage china and a mindblowing  selection of loose teas served with wholesome baking has firmly put this little gem on the map. 

41 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EP (0131 226 2982)

Clarinda’s Tea Room

Clarindas Tea Room

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A fabulous find on the Royal Mile.  This chintzy tea room has a kitch interior with flowery tablecloths, fancy tea pots and warm, cottage like interior.  Serving fresh baked scones, cakes and wholesome sandwiches a visit here is a welcome treat which won’t break the bank.

69 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BS (0131 557 1888)

The Bonham Hotel

The Bonham Hotel Afternoon Tea

A luxurious boutique hotel in Drumsheugh Gardens in the West End serving afternoon tea in the small but perfectly formed Consulting Room.  Sweet treats include delicious macaroons and lemon meringue tart.  Why not spoil yourself with a Kir Royale?  Excellent value in a lovely location.

35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN (0131 226 6050)

Tigerlily

Tigerlily Afternoon Tea

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Be seen with the in-crowd in this contemporary and very en trend hot spot.  Situated in the fashionable George Street visitors are offered three afternoon choices with a cream tea starting at just £7.95.

Tel: 0131 225 5005 (website)

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols Afternoon Tea 2018

For spectacular views, you cannot beat the Forth Floor Restaurant and Brasserie at Harvey Nichols. Afternoon tea overlooking St Andrew Square is a lovely way to pass the time.

Enjoy a relaxed afternoon tucking into an indulgent, traditional Afternoon Tea after a little shopping, plus, everything tastes better in miniature, and even more scrumptious partnered with the finest leaf tea.

A fun alternative is to sit around the conveyor belt at the Chocolate Lounge in their Foodmarket and select from the delicious pastries and cakes rotating before your eyes.

30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD (0131 524 8350)

Mimis Bakehouse

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Mimi’s Bakehouse is a bustling family-run bakery based on the picturesque Shore area in Leith. Their classic Afternoon Tea selection offers delicious homemade scones, cakes and traybakes. If you are feeling fancy, why not opt for a cocktail or champagne Afternoon Tea? Mimi’s also offers Beforenoon Tea, a unique breakfast version of Afternoon Tea, which includes cinnamon swirls, waffles, breakfast muffins and miniature bacon rolls! 

63 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA (0131 555 5908)
277 St Johns Road, Edinburgh EH12 7XD (0131 334 7474)

The Glass House

Spend an indulgent afternoon sipping PDM Teas and sampling the finest selection of a delicious combination of savoury tarts and sweet pastries and all in the sumptuous five star surrounds of the stunning Glass House Hotel. Afternoon tea is served every Saturday from 12.30 - 4pm and can be booked directly online.

2 Greenside Place, Edinburgh EH1 3AA (0131 525 8200)

Casa Angelina

Casa Angelina Afternoon Tea Credit Vegan Edinburgh

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Casa Angelina is one of Edinburgh’s many vegan-friendly Cafés, but what’s unique to this Café is its fantastic cruelty-free selection in their afternoon tea. Many vegans may feel they have to miss out on afternoon tea due to their diet, however Casa Angelina offers a wide range of food and beverages suitable for everyone.

42 London Street, Edinburgh EH3 6LX (0131 558 1002)

Red Bus Bistro

Red Bus Bistro Afternoon Tea (1)

The Red Bus Bistro is one of the most unique afternoon tea places that Edinburgh has to offer. Visitors have the opportunity to indulge in a selection of sandwiches, cakes, savouries and home baked scones whilst touring the city’s main attractions in a big red bus. The tour last between 70 and 90 minutes and explores the areas like Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Old Town whilst guests sip their tea.

Tel: 01355 229448

Fingal

Fingal Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea is enjoyed on Fingal with a backdrop of exquisite Art Deco interiors and views to match. Add a whole different dimension of luxury to this most decadent and dainty of British traditions aboard former Northern Lighthouse Board ship, Fingal. Sit under a shimmering ceiling aboard Scotland’s first luxury floating hotel and tuck into a selection of perfectly formed savoury and sweet delicacies. Add some sparkle to the occasion with a glass or two of Champagne and allow the sensational views of Leith Docks to entertain you, like an ever-changing canvas.

The Lighthouse Bar, on board Fingal, also serves a light evening supper of beautifully prepared dishes, bursting with flavour and spectacular cocktails inspired by Fingal’s maritime history. The Lighthouse Bar is open to both residents and non-residents.

Alexandra Dock, Edinburgh EH6 7DX (0131 357 5000)

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