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Colonnades at the Signet Library

9.8/10
38
Parliament Square, EH1 1RF EdinburghSee map

Average price £40

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  • Average price £40
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Ox cheek pie
Red pepper & black olive palmier
Banana crème brulee macaron

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sweet selection
savoury selection
my favourite cake complete with tiny meringue toadstool

Ratings & Reviews

Excellent

9.8/10
based on 38 reviews
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Quality of food :9.8/10
Service :9.9/10
Setting :9.7/10
  1. Sam P.
    Sam P.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    The most AMAZING tea I have ever had. The pastry chef is gifted. The presentation, creativity, quantity and taste was incredible. The staff couldn’t have been kinder and there was lots of room.

  2. Janie o.
    Janie o.
    • one review
    10/10

    Excellent service and standard of food was fantastic. Every effort was made to accommodate my husbands dietary requirements too. if I have one tiny niggle it would be our table seating in one of the side alcoves became quite cool as time went by . Granted it was an extremely cold day when we visited . Would I return? Definitely!

  3. Fiona F.
    Fiona F.
    • one review
    10/10

    Had a really enjoyable afternoon tea. Food excellent & staff very friendly & welcoming. We felt very safe with Covid & we will definitely be back hopefully with a glass of fizz the next time!

  4. Yvonne M.
    Yvonne M.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Wonderful selection of savouries and pastries- our party of 4 included 2 vegetarians and 1 vegan. A special mention for the service, which was excellent.

  5. David M.
    David M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Fabulous afternoon tea, vouchers bought as a birthday gift in October 2019 extended because of Covid 19 and used on my birthday this year. Best afternoon tea I have experienced in a very relaxed atmosphere. Will definitely be going back.

  6. Caroline C.
    Caroline C.
    • one review
    10/10

    Beautiful venue just of the Royal Mile. Staff are amazing, very welcoming and friendly. Afternoon Tea was absolutely outstanding. We will definitely return.

  7. Fiona F.
    Fiona F.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    Everything about our afternoon tea at the Colonnades was wonderful. Thank you for a lovely afternoon with my mother , took our minds off COVID-19!

  8. Paul S.
    Paul S.
    • one review
    10/10

    The Signet Library is by far the best afternoon tea we've had anywhere - Gleneagles, The Old Course Hotel, The Balmoral etc. The standard of the offers are close to perfection with beautiful and detailed decorations. Its such a pleasurable 2 hours.

  9. Elaine N.
    Elaine N.
    • one review
    10/10

    Fabulous food in historic setting, excellent service.

  10. Aileen M.
    Aileen M.
    • one review
    10/10

    We felt well looked after by all staff who were friendly and professional in every way. Made the whole experience feel very special but relaxed enough to fully enjoy every minute. Note was taken that it was a birthday and a small candle in the dessert tray was a lovely touch. Loved the pastry items on the savoury tray the best where tasting experiences were unique. Sausage roll with haggis , pork and apple?. Was my favourite. Portion size was perfect including the sandwiches which usually fill you up in other eateries. Loved the celeriac amuse bouche starter as well as the scrumptious apple sorbet to finish. Our French Martini was made to perfection also. Can’t fault even 1 item. Before this afternoon tea my favourite one has been The Balmoral in Edinburgh but this one topped The Balmoral. Location made it special especially being in one of the book alcoves. We are book mad so this was a bonus to us. Thanks again and we will be back.

  11. Amy L.
    Amy L.
    • one review
    10/10

    Food was delicately prepared and delicious. It was beautiful to eat and to look at.

  12. Nabila K.
    Nabila K.
    • one review
    9.75/10

    Best cream tea in the city I’ve been to all of the top places !

  13. Louise E.
    Louise E.
    • one review
    10/10

    Fantastic food, refined sophisticated setting but not imposing so feel very relaxed. Service impeccable and overall a wonderful experience. Favourite nibble was the delightful little savoury tart and the refreshing elderflower sorbet that rounded off the meal was delicious.

  14. Alanda B.
    Alanda B.
    • one review
    10/10

    This was a wonderful experience to start our holiday. Very welcoming staff and wonderful service. The food was delicious. I love the way the savories were served first and then the desserts. Endless pots of wonderful tea.

  15. Carole B.
    Carole B.
    • one review
    10/10

    My husband and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary in your restaurant. The surroundings are very beautiful and we had a table in one of the alcoves. The waiting staff were very attentive and our food was excellent. We had three courses and I thought it was very good value.

  16. Michael K.
    Michael K.
    • one review
    10/10

    Best afternoon tea we ever had.

  17. Marie L.
    Marie L.
    • one review
    10/10

    Fantastic

  18. Margaret B.
    Margaret B.
    • one review
    10/10

    It was really lovely. The staff were excellent and gave a nice description of all delicacies!. The setting was a treat and the silver service greatly appreciated. I would definitely recommend as it was the best we have had.

  19. Rita M.
    Rita M.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Wonderful afternoon tea with great service and tasty food

  20. Poonnapa P.
    Poonnapa P.
    • one review
    9/10

    One of the best afternoon tea we’ve ever had!

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How to get to the restaurant

Parliament Square, EH1 1RF, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Directions to get there

Midlothian, , The Grass Market

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