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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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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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.

We are glad to announce that Colonnades will be open for afternoon tea on Saturday 30th November,  Saturday 7th December and Saturday 4th January 2020 from 11am-5pm. 

Opening times

We are delighted to announce Colonnades will be open for afternoon tea Sunday to Friday 11am to 5pm and closed on Saturdays.

Afternoon Tea

  • Sunday – Friday 11am to 5pm
  • £40 per person
  • New menu available now


  • Lunch will resume from Wednesday 8th January 2020
  • Wednesday – Friday 11am to 1.30pm
  • £24.00 for two courses 
  • £30.00 for three courses
  • Latest menu 

Festive Afternoon Tea

  • Sunday – Friday 11am to 5pm
  • We are sorry to anounce we will be closed on 25th - 26th December 2019 and 1st - 2nd January 2020.
  • Festive afternoon tea will be available from 1st December.
  • £40 per person.
  • View our delicious festive afternoon tea menu here

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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