Monday, 8 September 2014

Edinburgh is Delicious: Scotsman Afternoon Tea

The Scotsman Hotel is an Edinburgh institution. It's part of the city's famous skyline, based in the original premises of the Scotsman newspaper and is one of Edinburgh's elite luxury five star hotels.  The traditional interior of the hotel is as beautiful as the classic exterior, with elegant marble a theme throughout (in keeping with the Scotsman Steps just outside). We were thrilled to be invited to try one of their own institutions, an afternoon tea in the Drawing Room as part of their Taste of Edinburgh - getting to know the hidden gems around Edinburgh that visitors to our city should discover. It's pretty obvious from our posts we have quite the sweet tooth so it was a pleasure to identify some of our favourite places for sweet treats for Taste of Edinburgh and we can happily confirm that their afternoon tea is definitely up there as a must-visit sweets destination!

Immediately impressive is the traditional white and blue Villeroy and Boch china at the table and we enjoyed a welcoming glass of fizz whilst deciding upon our tea-du-jour. There was a nice selection of classic black teas, and green, white and fruit infusions along with a Rooiboos red. The teas were brought out to us in generous sized teapots, with the loose leaf gently infusing as we sipped away on our bubbles and considered the tiers of afternoon tea joy we were presented with.

Starting with the savoury layer, there were some delicious sandwiches on offer (crustless, naturally) including cheese and pickle, ham and mustard and of course, the classic cucumber sandwich. The second layer had fruit scones, served with clotted cream and a choice of jams. These were freshly baked, large and fluffy with plump sultanas - the perfect scone.  The top layer of patisserie is the main event of any afternoon tea and there was much to enjoy - raspberry almond frangipane cake, brownie topped with rich chocolate mousse, chocolate topped flapjack, coffee panna cotta and carrot cake with an adorable teeny tiny slice of caramelised carrot atop it's cream cheese icing. Delightful! The star of the show was the panna cotta - topped with berry coulis and a half strawberry, it was sweet and creamy but not overly so, it was just right. Surprisingly, the humble flapjack also got it's fair share of mmmmm's at the table too.  We managed to finish nearly all of our tiers and anything left behind was nicely packaged up for us to take away.

Afternoon tea is a leisurely pursuit and the Scotsman Hotel is one of the finest places in Edinburgh that you can partake of it. We spent a good  few hours happily munching cakes and drinking tea there and would thoroughly recommend it as an afternoon tea experience. There is also a gluten-free version available too.  They run daily from 12-4:30pm at £19.95 per person, and upwards to £25.95 with a glass of Prosecco and £29.95 with a glass of champagne.


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