Afternoon Tea in Edinburgh

Afternoon Tea in Edinburgh has become very popular past time. But should not be confused when in Scotland with a High tea. Granted High Teas are harder to come by in Edinburgh. They consist of a main course such as fish and chips. Served with bread and butter followed by cakes, scones and tea. High Tea are usually available from 4-6pm.

In Edinburgh High tea has been replaced by pre theatre menus. Fixed price two course menu, often taken from the main menu but slightly smaller portions. At cheaper price than dining later in the evening. High Teas are still to found in smaller towns around Scotland, I enjoyed one recently in Anstruther at the Waterfront .

Afternoon teas are available mid afternoon. Made up of selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes served with the tea. Best experienced with friends and/or family.  As with all good ideas this has been expanded upon with Champagne or sparkling wine being added. Also an expanded variety of tea types now available. Throw in a some great venues and you have one great experience to enjoy eating the humble sandwich.

There is an afternoon tea for every budget. For the most popular venues you are best to pre book. Some have offers on sites such as Groupon, Itison or

Afternoon tea at Waldorf Astoria

Places to be seen for that special occasion are the Balmoral and Waldorf Astoria Hotels at either end of Princes Street. Giving a sense of space and grandeur. Along similar lines The Dome have a private room set aside just for afternoon tea. The Colonades within the Signet Library is another. It was also the location in Outlander series 3 for the Governor’s mansion in Jamaica.

Venues such as Mimis in Leith,  Eteaket on Frederick Street and Clarindas in the Canongate. Offer tea, cakes and scones as their daily bread and butter, excuse the pun. You can have a full afternoon tea at each of these venues. Or just go for a cake, scone or a sandwich. With Eteaket as name suggest specialising in tea.

As a part of a day out to the Royal Yacht Britannia you can enjoy an afternoon tea. You have to pay for a ticket for the yacht to access the tea room. But then there is the opportunity to sit where the Queen and her family would have entertained guests. Continuing the Royal theme Holyrood Palace tea room in the mews Courtyard offer an afternoon tea. The Queens  favourite cake  believe is Dundee cake.

Another unusual place for afternoon tea is the Red Bistro bus . Where you wind your way through the Old and New Town of Edinburgh. With the driver being very careful when going round corners so nothing is spilled.

All venues mentioned  have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Check with them before booking. But a venue that specialises in such choices is Casa Angelina in London street.

As always I have only mentioned a few venues to get a flavour of what you can find in Edinburgh. If coming to stay for a few days in Edinburgh check near your accommodation as there maybe something a lot closer than the places I have suggested.

When booking one of our food tours in Edinburgh  please feel free to email  for advice on other things to do in Edinburgh. Such as venues for Edinburgh afternoon tea. Or the best fish and chips. Or unusual cocktail bars. We even have arranged discounts at seven other tours and attractions in Edinburgh for those coming on our tours. These include, Holyrood distillery and the Royal Yacht Britannia.