The Signet Library

Edinburgh's finest afternoon tea

Edinburgh's Finest Afternoon Tea

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An Occasion To Be Treasured

An Occasion To Be Treasured

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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’ and champagne. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation or ‘just because’, there aren’t enough reasons to visit us!

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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.


Afternoon Tea

Wednesday - Sunday, 11 am - 4:30pm*


*Please note that on certain Saturdays, the tearoom may be closed for private weddings. Bookings are accepted only three months in advance.

*Please note Colonnades is closed to the public due to a private booking from 6th - 9th March 2024 and will re-open on the 10th March 2024.

*Additional opening days this Spring include 25th & 26th March, similarly 1st and 2nd April 2024.


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. For the perfect gift Colonnades can offer a choice of vouchers which can be purchased online. All vouchers will be mailed to the recipient.

If you would like a voucher posted out please make the purchase online and select this in the 'Delivery Method'  (Please note post is within the UK only). 


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