Afternoon Tea At The Balmoral Hotel, Princes St Edinburgh

Whilst in Scotland on my little Scottish Adventure I continued my afternoon tea adventures at the gorgeous Balmoral Hotel on Princes Steet. The tea was served in the Palm Court which is a truly stunning room with giant palm trees and beautifully painted walls.

The furniture was all big comfy sofas and chairs in the centre and around the outside the room was decorated in a more traditional dining setting.

Afternoon tea Balmoral hotel edinburghReally was a beautifully classic setting for afternoon tea. Afternoon tea Balmoral hotel edinburghUpon arrival I was settled at my table and asked what type of tea I would like. I asked for English Breakfast Tea and was wuickly reminded that I was in Scotland and they served Scottish not English breakfast tea. It tasted just as lovely as English breakfast.  Afternoon tea Balmoral hotel edinburghThe tea came served on a silver lovely teapot and like the majority of afternoon teas, leaves and not tea bags were used. I really do think you can taste the difference. Afternoon tea Balmoral hotel edinburghI was advised the afternoon tea would take 2 hours and after being asked whether I had any food allergies I was served the first course of tomatoes water and iced basil. This is the first time I have experienced individual courses being served as opposed to the complete afternoon tea being brought to the table at once. Afternoon tea Balmoral hotel edinburghNext came the sandwiches which consisted of 4 finger sandwiches, a brioche roll, a flan and savory bite. All were delicious. Afternoon tea Balmoral hotel edinburghThis was followed by 2 scones, one plain one with fruit and strawberry jam and clotted cream. Naturally the jam went on before the cream. Afternoon tea Balmoral hotel edinburghThis was followed by a dark chocolate and raspberry tart, a fruit jelly with champagne foam and a lemon cake.Afternoon tea Balmoral hotel edinburghFinally came the gift plate which included a tin of the Scottish Breakfast Tea, a chocolate truffle and a mini sorbet cone. Afternoon tea Balmoral hotel edinburghI absolutely loved this afternoon tea and was surprised by the amount of food I was served by he quality was amazing. Throughout the tea there was a harvest on playing on the balcony above which added to the experience which did take the 2 hours they advised. This is certainly a afternoon tea to be savoured. Afternoon tea Balmoral hotel edinburghThe afternoon tea was served in the beautiful Palm Court at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh and cost £37.50 per person.


  • Katy Stevens

    14th July 2017 at 1:50 PM

    This looks so nice – I love going for afternoon tea now!

  • The London Mum

    14th July 2017 at 3:03 PM

    What a beautiful place for an afternoon tea. I love how it’s the classic version of a great afternoon tea too. x
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  • Jaymee (@_TheMumDiaries)

    14th July 2017 at 4:38 PM

    I do love tea leaves rather than tea bags. It makes the tea taste a lot more fresh! I haven’t had an Afternoon Tea in such a long time!

  • Abbie – Lilypad & Bow

    14th July 2017 at 7:46 PM

    Oh what a gorgeous venue! I’m a sucker for afternoon tea! x
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  • Rebecca | AAUBlog

    14th July 2017 at 9:50 PM

    this looks so pretty – what a beautiful setting for an afternoon tea, the decor is lovely 🙂
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  • Suzanne Stainforth

    14th July 2017 at 10:01 PM

    I adore afternoon tea.
    I am going to Harrogate soon and cannot wait to have afternoon tea there at Betty’s, they so the most exquisite afternoon tea.

  • Kate

    14th July 2017 at 10:57 PM

    That seems value for money for such a long-lasting luxury experience. Edinburgh has so much to offer as a city – used to go there on works holidays with my Dad’s firm back in the day to those big railway type hotels. Nearly died twice apparently at the castle by choking on a toffee in the gun room and then jumping off a wall and being saved when my knickers were grabbed. Afternoon tea sounds far more civilized.

  • Deb Sharratt

    15th July 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Wow that looks stunning x
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  • Ickle Pickle

    15th July 2017 at 8:55 PM

    This looks such a wonderful afternoon tea – what a treat! In such a beautiful place too. Kaz 🙂
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  • Emma @sophieellaandme

    16th July 2017 at 12:52 AM

    Wow this place looks stunning and the afternoon tea looks lovely x
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  • AnHistorian

    16th July 2017 at 2:04 PM

    This looks absolutely fantastic (as do all of your posts )! I love all Breakfast teas but I actually prefer Scottish and Irish to English for the slightly more complex notes. There was a harpist when I took tea at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City and it was such a lovely addition It really sets the mood and helps you get into the right frame of mind!

  • Emily and Indiana

    16th July 2017 at 4:25 PM

    What a beautiful setting, I’d definitely love to visit if we’re ever up in Scotland! Looks like a great selection for the price too xx
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  • Suz

    16th July 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Nothing like a cuppa and a same. Topped off with a fascinating city and its a recipe for a lovely afternoon

  • Cher

    16th July 2017 at 5:32 PM

    This looks wonderful! I would love to experience this! I was smiling the entire time I read your post. Cher xo

  • Ruth Daly

    17th July 2017 at 1:01 AM

    Oh my goodness, what a beautiful tea – your photos are gorgeous and I’m hungry just looking at them!
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  • Janine Dolan

    18th July 2017 at 9:07 PM

    Looks nicely presented. I am an afternoon tea expert at this stage now lol So hotels better prepare for critique 🙂

  • Kayleigh

    1st August 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Oh wow, I love a good afternoon tea and this looks delicious!

  • Pauline Wiles

    10th August 2017 at 7:18 PM

    I love reading reviews of places to have afternoon tea, even if I’m currently constrained to Northern California. Thanks for all the great photos here also.

  • Jean |

    11th August 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Candace, I drink buckets of tea every day (always loose leaf black teas) and love giving afternoon tea parties and going out for afternoon tea. This looks like one of the best! If ever I make it to Scotland …
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