Picture the scene: crisp white table linen laid out underneath the prettiest china teacups, a pot filled to the brim with endless cups of tea, freshly baked patisserie stacked up high on a dainty cake stand and your best friend as company. For us, that’s how the perfect Saturday afternoon in our city would look. If you happen to have a spare afternoon looming on the horizon, why not try out one of our favourite picks in Edinburgh?
Tucked away off George Street, it’s easy to miss Eteaket sitting pretty on Frederick Street. One I’ve often headed to to shelter from the dreich weather, it’s like slipping into your mum’s front room and relaxing with one of their endless varieties of teas in mis-matched china. You won’t go hungry either, with a choice of pretty hefty sandwich each to demolish whilst you sip your tea.
Psst – we recommend the Rose Flower Blossom Tea or the Strawberries & Cream tea!
41 Frederick Street, EH2 1EP
Best for: Catching up with friends with no pressure to dress up in your finery. And devout tea fans!
From a relaxed and casual affair at Eteaket to the grandest of afternoon teas at The Colonnades in the Signet Library. Ever wondered what it would be like to take tea in a library? Perhaps not, but that’s just what you’ll be doing within the opulent surroundings of The Colonnades. They’re currently offering afternoon tea for two for £50 until the 31st of July – a bargain, considering this really is the crème de la crème of afternoon teas in Edinburgh, with it taking first place on Trip Advisor’s list of restaurants in the city.
The Signet Library, Parliament Square, EH1 1RF
Best for: Fancy celebrations
The Printing Press
New to The Printing Press’s repertoire is afternoon tea, served daily in their elegant dining room. Starting off with some unique savoury bites, you’ll then move on to the main affair with a three-tiered afternoon tea packed full of delicate sandwiches, traditional scones and a variety of cakes and sweet treats. Everything is created by the talented Printing Press chefs using the finest Scottish ingredients, and even the smoked salmon for the sandwiches is smoked in-house!
The Printing Press
21-25 George Street, EH2 2PB
Best for: afternoon tea with a subtly Scottish twist
Peacock Alley, The Caledonian Hotel
Much like the Colonnades, Peacock Alley in the city’s Caledonian Hotel is an exquisite destination for afternoon tea. With a description of “channeling the glamour and prestige of the old Caledonian and the Waldorf Astoria New York”, it’s worth the visit to admire the beautiful surroundings alone! Their current menu consists of such delicacies as prawn and lobster brioche roll (in place of your run-of-the-mill cucumber sandwich) and the quirky toffee popcorn cupcake. If you’re after something a little bit different, Peacock Alley certainly holds the grandest of welcomes.
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, EH1 2AB
Best for: A stylish rendezvous
With a motto of “it’s all about the cake”, Mimi’s Bakehouse is definitely the place to go to get your cake fix, at any time of day. They’ve even created the amazing Beforenoon Tea in addition to their Afternoon Tea menu, filled with bacon rolls, freshly baked scones, pancakes, granola and lots and lots of tea… all for only £14 per person. It’s worth heading along to The Shore on your next free Saturday morning! We love their adorable branding too.
63 Shore, Leith, EH6 6RA (now open in Corstorphine too!)
Best for: Afternoon tea cravings in the morning