The Signet Library

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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Edinburgh's finest afternoon tea

Edinburgh's Finest Afternoon Tea

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Colonnades at the Signet Library, Edinburgh

Exquisite Location

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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, but you are also 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 between 11am and 5pm:       

- Saturday 20th April 2019

We are sorry to announce that Colonnades will be closed for lunch for the following days, however, we will be serving afternoon teas from 11am – 5pm:​​

- Thursday 4th April 2019     - Wednesday 10th April 2019

- Thursday 11th April 2019          - Monday 15th April 2019

- Tuesday 16th April 2019          - Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Afternoon Tea

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

Lunch

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