IMG_6685It’s not often we ‘take afternoon tea’, (honest ;)) but with Sister Monkfish in town for a few days we thought what better way to while away the afternoon in style than with a cake or three accompanied with a steaming pot of tea and a chillax. Ooh, and not forgetting a wee glass of prosecco to wash it all down with.

We’ve never ‘taken tea’ at The Scotsman, Edinburgh, but as it’s within spitting distance of the Royal Mile (where the big sis always likes to hang out) we thought we’d try it out.

First up, check out the crocks. Cool tea plates with headlines from the Scotsman, nice touch.

The Scotsman offers various options for it’s afternoon tea including gluten free, a strawberries and cream tea and this little lot which is what we opted for:

Traditional Sandwich Selection
Mature Scottish cheddar cheese and pickle
Honey roast Ayrshire ham and Arran mustard
Free range egg mayonnaise with watercress
Smoked Scottish salmon and herb cream cheese

Chef’s Bakery
Freshly baked fruit scones with strawberry jam, clotted cream and butter

Chef’s Sweet Platter
Selection of freshly baked cakes, cupcakes and biscuits

Coffee and Tea
A choice of Filter, Latte, Cappuccino, Espresso, Macchiato, Mocha, or Americano Coffee
A choice of Traditional Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green, Peppermint, Darjeeling, Camomile or Decaffeinated Tea

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Highlight of the tea was definitely the macarons, just the right consistency and a lovely coffee flavour coming through. There was nothing ‘not to like’ about the tea full stop, it was clean plates all round. Service was good, we felt like VIP’s for a few hours, the atmos was relaxed and it was the perfect spot for people watching. All in all a lovely afternoon. The only niggle, and we stress, ‘only’ niggle was that the tea wasn’t explained to us. We know our cakes and sarnies but an explanation or a menu on the table would have made this a five star afternoon.

We booked our tea through TRULY, the luxury gift experience website as a wee treat for Sister Monkfish as we don’t see each other that often. We think she was impressed…..she chomped right through everything in front of her anyway! No doggy bags requested in for us!

Check out the TRULY website for lots of lovely things to do (and eat….) .

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  1. Hi Hilary,

    Delighted to see you enjoyed the experience so much. Hope that your sister enjoyed it too!


  2. This looks lovely! Afternoon tea is a treat me and my sister always do when she’s over! I’ll definitely recommend The Scotsman for next time!

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