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Edinburgh's Best Afternoon Tea - Colonnades at the Signet Library
Colonnades - beautiful tea salon on Edinburgh's Royal Mile
Afternoon Tea Summer 2023
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Edinburgh's Finest Afternoon Tea 

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If you choose to enjoy afternoon tea you’ll discover the finest seasonal ingredients in our sandwiches, delectable savouries and decadent cakes served on our bespoke silver tea stands. Aung, our resident chef (along with Mario) has created a mini dish in each bite; they enjoy ensuring that we use the freshest and highest quality seasonal ingredients. our resident head chef and sous chef have created a mini dish in each bite and they enjoy ensuring that we use the freshest and highest quality seasonal ingredients. 

Glenn D’Costa is our passionate and dedicated Maitre’D and along with his fantastic team, they will ensure that you are looked after and that you feel at home. They’ll take you through the various treats on your stand and will help you choose from the extensive tea list. They’ll be able to recommend a tea that suits your preferences and will highlight our very own Signet Blend which is just delicious. Don’t worry though, we offer unlimited tea and coffee so why not try everything on the menu!

In addition to our regular afternoon tea, we can cater to a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free afternoon tea. These however need to be booked 48 hours in advance. We are however unable to cater to a combination of gluten and dairy-free or vegan gluten-free afternoon tea.

For group afternoon teas of over 6 guests, please call us on 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.

*Additional opening days this Summer include the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th July 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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