Whilst in Ediburgh I visited the very posh Balmoral Hotel in the centre of town to partake in their highly regarded afternoon tea after being recommended it by Kelly from Around the world in 80 pairs of shoes (afternoon tea Queen).
So one cold, wet afternoon myself and my husband came to The Balmoral Hotel and had a quick nose around the grand lobby before being shown to our seats. We found out that the best Bond Sean Connery had re opened the hotel, how cool is that? Definitely worthy of a picture.
We were shown into the Palm Court room where afternoon tea is served and straight away we were impressed. The dome roof and palm trees decorated the light room and the room was also quite big so there was plenty of space you weren’t squashed in with the other guests.
I started with the peppermint tea and Dan went for the Balmoral blend. Both teas were brilliant and our lovely staff member talked us through many of the teas before we ordered. The Balmoral Hotel afternoon tea finally arrived after much anticipation (it was Dan’s very first afternoon tea) and on first glance it all looked delicious! Our staff member talked us through each section and we got stuck in.
First of all we were served a pea soup, they suggested we start with this to get our taste buds ready for the afternoon tea. It was creamy and a very interesting way to begin.
I must say I wasn’t overly impressed with the savoury section on first glance, there was essentially a cheesy bread roll stick and a wrap which were both very bland but they did make up for it with the coronation chicken tart and salmon sandwich.
The scones were warm, soft and delicious! I very much enjoyed them. There was plain and fruit scones but after seeing what was on offer I chose to have just one.
The sweets were by far the best part of the afternoon tea, there was a good selection and some really varied tastes. My favourite was the rhubarb and chocolate sweet, for my fellow kiwis it tasted like a jelly tip! I also loved the melt in your mouth chocolate sweet with mousse layers. I also adored the lemon meringue tart, so yum! There was also an interesting sweet which was like a yoghurt drink, it was a strange but nice addition.
For my second round of tea I chose the passion fruit and orange for something different and it was recommended by the staff member after we had a chat about what I liked. It was so fruity and refreshing and the colour was a gorgeous as well.
Then unexpectedly a cake stand came around and we could choose between chocolate mud cake or cheese cake. I of course went for the chocolate for the final indulgence, it was melt in your mouth goodness.
Just as we were getting ready to leave the afternoon tea at the Balmoral hotel gave us one last thing, a teeny tiny ice cream. Just when I thought I couldn’t eat anymore, I tucked in, it would be rude not to!
I loved our Balmoral Hotel afternoon tea and I would definitely recommend if you are in Edinburgh, it was especially good escaping the rain and wind for a few hours to indulge in tea and cake.
The staff were brilliant, very helpful and they never pushed us out even after two and a half hours.
Have you had afternoon tea at the Balmoral Hotel?
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