01 May Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea 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 In Edinburgh they have been replaced by pre theatre menus, fixed price two course menu, often taken from the main menu but slightly smaller portion sizes at cheaper price than dining later in the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 and a large variety of tea types being 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 and some have offers on sites such as Groupon, Itison or 5pm.co.uk.
Places to be seen for that special occassion 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 and the Colonades within the Signet Library was a 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 afternnon 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.
Another unusal 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 will 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 accommdation as there maybe something a lot closer than the places I have suggested.