On my third day in Edinburgh, I was headed for my third afternoon tea. I wasn’t planning on having one every day… but I was in the birth country of afternoon tea, so I guess it had to happen. After a morning of walking around the city, I came back to the hotel I was staying at, the Radisson Collection Royal Mile for afternoon tea.
If you’re visiting Edinburgh, chances are you’ll head to the Royal Mile first or at least a few times during your visit.
Or, you can choose to stay right on the Royal Mile at the Radisson Collection Royal Mile. I stayed there for a weekend and had access to many of Edinburgh’s top attractions, all within walking distance.
Afternoon tea at the Radisson Collection Royal Mile is served at their bar, Epicurean on the first floor of the hotel. Right upon entering the hotel’s front doors, walk straight inside and you’ll find the doors of Epicurean.
It was a Sunday afternoon and there were many other tables with groups of afternoon tea goers.
You’ll find a selection of Damman Freres teas served at the Radisson Collection Royal Mile. I went with an earl grey.
You have a choice of a traditional afternoon tea with or without a cocktail.
The Savory (four varieties per person)
I love the Scottish touches. On the menu was a haggis scotch egg, mini cullen skink soup (Scottish haddock, potato and onion soup), Scottish smoked salmon and creme fraiche sandwich and chicken tarragon mayonnaise sandwich.
The Scone (two scones per person)
There was one plain and one fruit scone served with clotted cream and jam from Tiptree. You can’t go wrong with clotted cream at any afternoon tea venue in the UK. I’ve had many afternoon teas around the world, it’s only in the UK that it tastes right. It’s so good I’d eat it by the spoonful…
The Sweet – (five varieties per person)
On the top level was chocolate and passion fruit mousse cake, a lemon sponge and meringue, plums on a brioche, a custard, apples and pear tart and a macaron.
I’m all about traditional afternoon teas… but I like when a venue does something a little different. At the Radisson Collection Royal Mile, food is brought out on a three tiered wooden square box, with sections for each portion.
Service was fast and efficient. Everyone was friendly. No complaints.
Free WiFi is available through the hotel’s network. As a guest, I was already connected to the WiFi at Epicurean bar.
Social Media Aspect
The Radisson Collection Royal Mile is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow them on Instagram for frequent pictures of Edinburgh and around the hotel.
I find Edinburgh to be one of the most pedestrian friendly cities. I walked a ton while in Edinburgh and some time in the middle of the day, I found I needed to take a break and sit. There’s no better place to take a rest than somewhere for afternoon tea. If you’re close to the Royal Mile when you need a break from exploring, check out the Radisson Collection Royal Mile.
Cost: £22.50 (about $29 USD) per person for Traditional Afternoon Tea, £29.50 (about $38 USD) per person for Traditional Afternoon Tea with a choice of Cocktail (in this review)
Location: Epicurean bar on the first floor of The Radisson Collection Royal Mile
The Radisson Collection Royal Mile
1 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1AD
Note: A big thank you to The Radisson Colletion Royal Mile Edinburgh for providing the afternoon tea for this review. As always, all views and opinions are my own.