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Colonnades at the Signet Library, Edinburgh

Exquisite Location

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Edinburgh's finest afternoon tea

Edinburgh's Finest Afternoon Tea

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Enjoy a Classic Cocktail

Enjoy a Classic Cocktail

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Chicken Caesar croquettes, shallot ash, pancetta, quail egg, parmesan gel

Delicious Lunches

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Colonnades at the Signet Library

Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town on the Royal Mile, Colonnades at the Signet Library is the perfect place for ‘Edinburgh’s finest afternoon tea’, a sumptuous lunch and delicious cocktails and fizz. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation or ‘just because’, there aren’t enough reasons to visit us!

This exquisitely calm building is just a few paces away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street and Colonnades is set within the beautiful surroundings of the Lower Library which has been meticulously restored to its former glory. Tall fluted Corinthian columns line the salon surrounded by the gallery’s ornate balustrades in neo-classical style. There are not many other opportunities to spend time in the spectacular buildings that line the Capital’s Royal Mile but here at the Colonnades not only are you able to step foot into this 19th Century building, you are invited to enjoy some of the finest food and drink in Scotland too. 

The Signet Library is proud to work exclusively with the award winning caterers Heritage Portfolio. They have been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen for their catering services and they bring the passion, excitement and most importantly wonderful food that this award commands to our guests here at Colonnades.

Opening times*

We are delighted to announce that we will be open on the following dates for afternoon tea:

- Saturday 1st of December 2018

- Saturday 5th January 2019

- Saturday 12th January 2019

- Saturday 19th January 2019


Unfortunately we will be closed on the following dates:

- Wednesday 28th November 2018

- Thursday 29th November 2018

- Tuesday 25th December 2018

- Wednesday 26th December

- Tuesday 1st  January 2019

- Wednesday 2nd January

Afternoon Tea

  • Monday- Friday 1pm to 5pm (last seating 5pm)
  • Sundays 11am to 5pm, closed on Saturdays
  • £35 per person
  • New autumn menu available now


* During the month of December only Festive Lunch will be served. The set menu lunches will be back from 7th January 2019.

  • Monday – Friday 11am to 1.30pm
  • £24.00 for two courses 
  • £30.00 for three courses
  • New autumn menu available now

Gift Vouchers

A gift voucher is a fabulous present at any time of year. Choose from afternoon tea with champagne or fizz or traditional afternoon tea. Vouchers are valid up to a year depending on the one you choose.

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