Hey, gang! Last weekend I put on my fancy pants and headed to the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh (for locals also known as the Caledonian also known as the Caley – fanciest hotels always have lots of names) which is situated in the West End in Princes Street. It was my first time I’ve been in the building, I walked and drove past the hotel a gazillion times full of wonderment of what inside looked like.The interiors of the lobby of the hotel are beautiful alone I booked Afternoon Tea for my Mum, sister and me in the Peacock Alley Lounge and was full of excitement for the experience. We were taken to our table which was all set up and prepared for us with our Cups and saucers. We sat in big comfy chairs, perfect for taking your time and chatting away without getting a little uncomfortable, in fact the chair was so big I was almost taking a nap but I refrained.
The Peacock Lounge was elegant I loved the colour palette of the salmon – burnt orange chairs the brick walls and white trimmings of lamps etc…
There was also a lovely lady playing the harp quietly in the background, which was so beautiful and sounded so tranquil that I wish she could play everywhere I go (tell me your visit to Mcdonalds wouldn’t be made better having a harpist playing in the background).
We were given our menus and asked if there were any dietary requirements before being left to peruse the menu which included so many teas. I don’t drink tea so the many options of them were lost on me but you’re in for a treat if you’re a tea drinker. I chose fruits of summer and it was a perfect choice a novice like myself.
The first part of the tea was the savoury section which included two tiers of sandwiches and tarts. Sandwiches included caramelised apple, feta and rocket wrap, my Mums favourite was the Smoked Salmon Mousse on multi-seed bread, chicken and tarragon mayo, Connage Highland crowdie and cucumber on white bread (one for the cheese lovers). My favourite was the Prawn Marie Rose on a brioche bun and the little tarts had pancetta and hazelnut – another winner for me.
It was a great selection and very filling, the may appear miniature but they’re definitely hearty. We had our first taste of the desserts we loved the Popcorn and Vanilla Choux bun, the passion fruit and mango mousse was delicious!
The savoury tiers were replaced with plain and sultana scones with jam and clotted cream (this is what I come for). The warm scones were definitely the highlight of the afternoon they were delicious and the jam and clotted cream were the perfect accompaniment.
We were also graced with another tier of cakes! The Raspberry and Vanilla macarons were all you’d hope they would be and of course, I wasn’t disappointed with the Red Velvet Cupcakes, they were perfect and so big!
All throughout we were asked if we’d like to change Teas so you can try out so many of what they have to offer. It was such a lovely afternoon with a very chilled atmosphere, nothing felt rushed – delicious food and happy vibes. We also got to take home our leftover cakes and scones – which got devoured later that evening.
This Afternoon Tea costs £35 and £45 for the Prosecco option. There is also a Kids option and vegan and gluten-free menus!
All information is here!