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Delicious afternoon tea at Colonnades - always made from 'scratch'
Colonnades - beautiful tea salon on Edinburgh's Royal Mile
Edinburgh's Best Afternoon Tea - Colonnades at the Signet Library
Cocktail afternoon tea at Colonnades

Edinburgh's Finest Afternoon Tea 

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. Craig and Aung, 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, we have a gluten free and vegetarian menu available. These however need to be booked 48 hours in advance.

For group afternoon teas of over 6 guests, please call us on 0131 226 1064 or email us to book. 

Festive Afternoon tea (December 1st 2021 - January 9th 2022)

  • Wednesday – Sunday*, 11am – 4.30pm
  • £50 per person
  • New menu available now

*Colonnades will be open additionally on the following days – 23rd November, 27th & 28th December.
*Please note the Colonnades will be shut for a winter break from the 10th January to 1st February.

Please note there is a 10% service charge for parties of 8 and above.

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