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Edinburgh's Best Afternoon Tea - Colonnades at the Signet Library
Delicious afternoon tea at Colonnades - always made from 'scratch'
Colonnades - beautiful tea salon on Edinburgh's Royal Mile
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. Aung, our resident chef (along with Mario & Juraj) 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 have a gluten free and vegetarian menu available. These however need to be booked 48 hours in advance. See our sample menus below.

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 there is a 10% service charge for parties of 8 and above. On certain Saturdays, the tearoom may be closed for private weddings.

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