To try in style: Afternoon teas

February 24, 2013By 0 Comments

I’ve been lucky to have had the chance to go places as part of my job. But since I work for a magazine that covers the Asian markets, most of my travels are confined within the region. I do love Asia. There’s nothing like the heterogeneity, dynamism, colors and sounds, or dins, of its places. But I wish I had seen more of the world beyond the Asian shores in my old life, that is, my single life.

I can count on my fingers the places I’ve been to outside the region: Budapest, Amsterdam, Toronto, Dubai, and Rio de Janeiro. That’s really, really few. And the list, unfortunately, doesn’t include some the places I’ve been wishing to see – to walk their streets and parks, hear their buzz or hubbub, smell their scent or stench, feel their heat or cool (preferably no cold weather) or breeze or gale, watch their people and ways, buy their local pride products, and of course, nosh the best of their cuisines.

Now there’s one more thing I’ve realized I should also be doing, looking at how it has become a fad in a lot of places: trying their afternoon teas. I do get to try the afternoon teas of the places I travel to when attending events, but often only at conference halls. So it’s not really what you’d consider a “proper” afternoon tea.

Also, I think it’s something that’s still best done in places with a longstanding tradition of afternoon tea. And where else is it better to do it than in its birthplace, the UK?


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Afternoon tea in style.
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That’s why when I received a proposal for a guest post on the top places to have afternoon tea in Edinburgh, I didn’t shilly-shally about running it here. It gives an interesting list of choices where you can pamper yourself to an afternoon of teas, cakes, scones, patisseries, and charming views too. It has also given me an idea where to spend my next dream holiday – and to start saving for it ;) . Read on…

It’s the height of fashion nowadays – popping out for an afternoon tea with the girls. It may be cool now, but this British tradition has been happening for years and years – it’s really nothing new. The return of vintage has caused the popularity of an afternoon tea experience to boom, and rightly so. When it’s done right, it can be an absolutely fantastic experience, with wonderful teas, three tiered cakes and sandwiches and even a glass or two of bubbly. After all, why shouldn’t you treat yourself to some champers every now and again?

Spend an afternoon at one of the best venues in Edinburgh as part of your visit to the Scottish capital. There are ample hotels in Edinburgh city center which will put you in the heart of attractions and sights, as well as put you in prime location for an afternoon tea to remember.


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Rather than spend your days checking out the shops and finding a street cafe to enjoy a snack, treat yourself to something a little grandeur.


Homed in the prestigious Edinburgh Hilton, Pompadour not only provides beautiful fare for evening diners. It’s also a perfect place to enjoy an afternoon tea while gazing out at the spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle and the surrounding area.

With several choices available, including the Caley Afternoon Tea and the Celebration Afternoon Tea, it’s your call how far you push the boat out. Are you happy with a pot of your favourite leaves, or do you deserve a glass of bubbly?

Kids are also welcome, with a specially designed children’s afternoon tea – how cool is that?

The Drawing Room

Served between midday and 5:30pm, The Balmoral Tea in the Drawing Room is priced at £25 per person and provides a touch of elegance that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Treat yourself even more with a glass of Bollinger champagne for a true celebration.

The Dome

At £24 for two people, the afternoon tea experience at The Dome is at the cheaper end of the scale, but that doesn’t mean shirking in quality, by any means. Head for The Grill Room for the afternoon and enjoy a variety of finger sandwiches, scones and patisseries – available daily, between 2pm and 5pm.

Harvey Nichols

Head to the Fourth Floor Restaurant for an ultimate afternoon tea experience with fantastic views of this scenic city. Offering a more contemporary version of the traditional English tea, your nibbles will be served on a black slate, boasting a vast array of colour and intricacy. Be sure to book to avoid disappointment.

With plenty of hotels in Edinburgh city center providing you with a central location to explore the city and get the most out of your visit, you can sample the most appealing afternoon tea experience and not have to worry about walking too far to get back to your bed and rest if off.

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A hen living in a city away from her original nest. Lived 15 years of her life a stone’s throw away from the sea but swims worse than a cat. Almost named Maria Banana by her mother (yet to figure out if it was a joke). Proud promdee but loving the city. Making a living churning out pieces. Wondering if her day-to-day routine has started giving her some psychedelic effect (“Purple haze all in my eyes. Don’t know if it’s day or night”). Loving life nonetheless. Loving mudraxhood, loving her Cello, day and night!

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