Is there any more British an indulgence than afternoon cake and tea? We aren’t sure, but we do know that Edinburgh knows how to do Afternoon Tea as well as the best of them! Whether you like innovation and creativity, or are an afternoon tea traditionalist, our favourites list hits all the right spots.
The Colonades at Signet Library
For something extra special, The Colonnades at the Signet Library offers the wow-factor. Located just off the bustling Royal Mile, this impressive room is lined with tall Corinthian columns and surrounded by a balcony gallery resplendent with lovingly restored neo-classical balustrades. The Signet Library also works with award-winning caterers Heritage Portfolio to serve up ‘Edinburgh’s Finest Afternoon Tea’! Graduation, Birthday or Anniversary, this one is great for those special occasions!
Palm Court at The Balmoral Hotel
An institution when it comes to the art of afternoon tea. The décor alone is enough to tempt you into The Palm Court – as expected of a 5-star hotel, not expense has been spared in this opulent venetian style room, complete with palm trees and chandeliers. Once you are over the initial awe, the culinary delights on offer are fabulous too. We love this one for treating those you love to special day out!
The Lantern Room
Afternoon tea is classic with a modern twist at The Lantern Room. This bright and contemporary space is perfect for popping in after a bit of shopping with the girls, or pre-theatre snacking before heading next door to The Playhouse. Their afternoon tea offers mouth-watering such as the pulled pork slider, the tomato & mozzarella focaccia, and a continually changing selections of sweets.
The Ivy on the Square
The new kid on the block looks like it might make waves in the Edinburgh restaurant scene, but we are most interested in their unique afternoon tea offering! With creative savouries such as the truffled chicken brioche roll, and distinctive sweet delights such as the Crème Brûlée Doughnut, we can’t wait to sip champagne in the cool art deco surroundings of The Ivy on the Square! There may even be a little bit of celebrity spotting if we are lucky!
If you are looking for a tradition tearoom experience, look no further than Clarinda’s. Tucked away on the Canongate, this kitsch-cute tearoom can get busy during the height of tourism season but is definitely worth a visit if you can get in! The interior may be a bit like your grandma’s front room with floral tablecloths, old fashioned teapots and chintzy accessories, but sometimes old school is best, and we can guarantee Clarinda’s scones will match nan’s too! Fans of the world-famous Betty’s of York will love Clarinda’s.
Tucked away in between a fruit and veg shop and a sauna at the bottom of Broughton Street, you would be forgiven for walking right past Casa Angelina! Venture down the stairs however, and you will be greeted by a surprisingly spacious tearoom, bursting with vintage-kitsch character. This theme carries on into their ‘vintage style’ afternoon teas, served on pretty cake stands and featuring unique treats like mini bagels and pretzels and spring rolls! Guests can even partake in a bit of dressing up thanks to a vintage dress up box – perfect for the retro hen do! Casa Angelina are also super inclusive and offer loads of options for all dietary requirements.