The Best Places For Afternoon Tea In Edinburgh
Afternoon tea is one of those refined traditions that is synonymous with Britain. As a popular ‘go-to’ for special occasions, we had Mother’s Day in mind when thinking of our favourite places to enjoy this indulgent treat.
Of course, afternoon tea isn’t just about the food but also about the experience. Pair Edinburgh’s growing food scene together with its stunning architecture and it’s no surprise that the Scottish capital has some fantastic afternoon tea on offer. Whether you’re looking for stunning surroundings, traditional treats or a modern twist, one of our top 5 favourites is sure to hit the spot.
1. Colonnades at The Signet Library
The Signet Library is the home of The Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet, a prestigious legal association. The Colonnades part of the library is open to the public and is an elegant venue where you can enjoy one of Edinburgh’s finest afternoon teas. The food is made with seasonal ingredients and a selection of decadent cakes are served on bespoke silver stands. Their alternating menu includes the Colonnades’ own Signet Blend tea as well as some refined twists on the classics, such as Haggis, Neeps & Tattie Pies and Pink Grapefruit Posset. This is arguably the finest afternoon teas in Edinburgh.
This one’s for the tea aficionados. Eteaket is Edinburgh’s independent tea boutique and only tea concept-store. The founders are loose-leaf tea experts and their ‘proper tea’ philosophy is mirrored in their knowledgable service and extensive menu. They even have some fantastic tea-making gift sets on offer for Mother’s Day.
This is an unpretentious afternoon tea in cozy surroundings with a laid-back atmosphere. There are dozens of ethically sourced teas on offer as well as a menu of tea-inspired cocktails, like their Earl Grey G&T. With sweet and savoury options available at various price points (and fizz if you’re feeling fancy!) afternoon tea at Eteaket is delicious, friendly, and affordable.
3. Red Bus Bistro
You may have seen an old vintage Routmaster bus slowly making its way around Edinburgh’s cobbled streets and if so, you’ve probably spotted the Red Bus Bistro. On this unique tour of the city, you can combine two quintessential British classics, all while taking in the beautiful sights of Edinburgh. Step onboard and enjoy fresh scones with whipped cream and jam, finger sandwiches, mini quiches, petit fours, meringues, and more, all served with as much tea and coffee as you can manage. Children are welcome too and they won’t get bored with both the treats and the views to take in!
4. The Bonham
Indulge in a touch of opulence with afternoon tea at the art filled hotel, The Bonham, in Edinburgh’s West End. The hotel underwent a large renovation in 2018, and now welcomes guest with rich colours and textures through fine furnishings, giving it an opulent feel. Take a seat on a plush velvet chair and enjoy classic sandwiches, cakes and freshly baked scones, washed down with a selection of Brodies tea from all around the world. The chef changes the menu regularly to reflect seasonal and local produce. You can always add a glass of Louis Dornier et Fils Brut Champagne too! Does it get any better than that?
5. Waldorf Astoria – The Caledonian
With its origins as a railway hotel, The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, first began its reputation as a venue for the rich and famous and locals alike in 1903. Make your way to Peacock Alley where you can enjoy an elaborate afternoon tea, accompanied by a live performance by their harpist. They have recently partnered with Van Gogh Live to create a beautifully artistic afternoon tea. See inspirations of Von Gogh’s famous works and even his self portrait have made their way onto these intricate pieces of edible art! This is the most creative and beautiful afternoon teas In Edinburgh.
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