During the chaos of the Edinburgh Fringe, there is a haven of peace and tranquility to be found at the Pommery Champagne Bar, rather conveniently located next to the most feverishly busy parts of the Royal Mile. Set amongst the beautiful surroundings of the Signet Library, it's open for three weeks during the festival (until 26 August) and is a fabulous opportunity to visit this elegant building which is only open for private events throughout the rest of the year. Books, polished marble and gilded cornicing sit next to giant magnums of champagne (one of the best accessories a room can have) and it's a super sophisticated place to escape the madness and indulge in one of our favourite things in the world - champagne. A few hours partaking a champagne afternoon tea was too good an opportunity to miss so we were thrilled to be invited by the Pommery Bar to do so.
Seated at one of their mirrored tables, we started with a lovely glass of Pommery Brut Royal bubbly and a pot of our choice of tea. The friendly waiting staff are dressed in whimsical Pop Your Cork and Let's Get Fizzical t-shirts which made us giggle (after all, who can resist an Olivia Newton John-themed pun) and brought out three resplendent tiers of food to us (with a side serving of greedy joy), letting us know what each layer consisted of.
Savouries include some fine sandwiches, including the traditional cucumber, cream cheese and mint with crusts removed (a timeless classic) and a rather wonderful cheese scone, topped with pesto, mozzarella, roasted courgette and drizzled with balsamic, which we agreed was a definite highlight.
The meringues were melt-in-the-mouth gorgeous and the lemon posset full of fresh lemon zest flavour although the star prize has to go to the brownie- decadently fudgy with a crispy top, it was perfectly formed.
So many wee sweet treats called for frequent and much needed cake breaks, but it was lovely to just to sit, chat and enjoy the atmosphere of the serenely grand room. For anyone looking for a little luxe Fringe respite - or indeed anyone looking to add a pinch of glamour to their afternoon - we recommend you get along to the Pommery Bar and do the same.