High 5 spots for afternoon tea in Edinburgh

Although the Scottish capital metropolis is brimming with all method of issues to see and do, after a prolonged day of exploring, there’s typically nothing higher than savouring a cup of tea and a scone together with your toes up! Whether or not cute and cosy or luxurious and decadent, these tried and examined afternoon tea choices have topped our listing of suggestions.

The G&V Lodge

Set within the tremendous fashionable bar space of the G&V Lodge, this afternoon tea presents the distinctive alternative to staff traditional bites with a facet serving of indulgent cocktails. The venue is completely positioned simply steps from Edinburgh Fortress, making it the best pitstop for scrumptious deluxe finger sandwiches, dainty pastries and a martini (or three) earlier than persevering with to drink within the metropolis’s high vacationer scorching spots.


In the case of afternoon tea, Eteaket is Edinburgh’s greatest stored secret. Tucked away on Frederick Road, this café is right for these on the lookout for one thing a bit extra informal however no much less luxurious. And for these looking for a unusual aperitif, eteaket has labored with skilled mixologists to develop a scrumptious menu of tea cocktails, that includes the must-try Royal Earl Gray G&T  and the candy Iced Chai White Russian.

Café Hub

Located instantly within the coronary heart of Edinburgh’s outdated city, the Café Hub has just lately launched a model new afternoon tea expertise for 2. This household pleasant café and restaurant presents a continental twist on the traditional British afternoon tea, combining conventional sandwiches and scones with delicate French macarons and lemon meringue pies. A big selection of artisan unfastened teas can be found to accompany these candy treats, or, for these in search of a bit indulgence after a protracted day of exploring the busy streets of the capital, a glass of fizz might be a welcome addition.

The Colonnades

Aptly named on the venue’s web site as ‘Edinburgh’s Best Afternoon Tea’, the mid day eating expertise on the Colonnades meets each culinary and atmospheric expectations. The beautiful 19th century environment are the proper setting by which to benefit from the decadent collection of muffins and savouries on provide, all served on stunning, bespoke silver tea stands. For these struggling to make up their thoughts on which tea to choose from the intensive listing, the Colonnades presents  a vast tea and occasional possibility, good for sampling all the things on the menu.

Prestonfield Home

For even probably the most skilled afternoon tea aficionados, the Prestonfield Home providing is an actual, luxurious daytime deal with. Served by a roaring log hearth within the colder months, or within the rose-filled gardens or Gothic tea home in the summertime, this afternoon tea oozes ambiance. Although Prestonfield is located a bit exterior of Edinburgh metropolis centre, it’s definitely well worth the journey.

With a variety as assorted as this, Edinburgh has all of the components for the proper brew. The one downside you’ll have is being spoiled for alternative.

Douglas Walker is Chair of Distinctive Venues of Edinburgh.

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