The Signet Library

Afternoon Tea Summer 2023

Edinburgh's Finest Afternoon Tea 

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Experience the elegance of Colonnades Afternoon Tea in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, adjacent to St Giles Cathedral. Nestled within the renowned Signet Library, one of Edinburgh’s finest Georgian buildings, our tearoom features ornate columns and a soaring ceiling, creating the perfect setting to enjoy a delightful afternoon.

Our resident chefs, Aung and Mario, use the finest seasonal ingredients to craft delightful bites, from home-baked breads to delectable savouries and decadent sweets, all beautifully presented on bespoke silver tea stands. Our dedicated Maitre’D, Glenn D’Costa, and his charming staff will make you feel at home, guiding you through an extensive tea list and highlighting our signature Signet Blend. With unlimited tea and coffee, you can sample everything on offer at your leisure, and elevate your experience with a glass of champagne as you indulge in the grandeur of Colonnades Afternoon Tea.

We cater to vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets with 48 hours' notice, though we cannot accommodate combinations of gluten and dairy-free or vegan gluten-free options.

For groups of more than six guests, please call 0131 226 1064 or email us to book.


Afternoon Tea

Wednesday – Sunday*, 11am – 4.30pm


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

*Colonnades will be closed from September 9-13 for private use. Thank you for your understanding.

*This summer, we will also be open on additional days: July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, as well as August 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th.


Gift Vouchers

A gift voucher from Colonnades makes a delightful present for any occasion. Choose from our luxurious afternoon tea with champagne or fizz, or our traditional afternoon tea. For the perfect gift, Colonnades offers a variety of vouchers available for purchase online. All vouchers can be mailed directly to the recipient.

To have a voucher posted, simply purchase online and select the 'Delivery Method' option (please note that delivery is within the UK only).

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