We were invited to try the Champagne Afternoon Tea – the full works at £45 per person. This includes lots of sandwiches, wraps, pastries, cakes, scones and teapots filled to the brim with your choice of tea (or coffee!). New to the menu? This summer, you can now also get access to a chocolate fountain with fruit and cake treats to dip in!
One of the most impressive parts of choosing Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh for afternoon tea is that it’s set in their Peacock Alley; a lobby lounge that is in every Waldorf Astoria in the world. Fun fact: Peacock Alley was originally set up as a connecting hall between the old Waldorf and Astoria buildings in their New York hotel, and the name stuck with the brand. So, today you’ll find one wherever you stay! The Peacock Alley in Edinburgh is especially lovely as it sits within what was formerly the platform and ticket offices from the hotel’s days as a railway station (not even too long ago – it closed in 1965!), so you have all those little quirks to take in as you look around whilst sipping your tea.
And, speaking of tea, they have a mind-boggling 30+ teas in their menu for you to deliberate over. I’d already been looking forward to a pot of English Breakfast tea all day, so I was a bit boring with my first tea choice – but I tried out the Vanilla Chai tea afterwards, and they were both fantastic. A few other people on my table opted for the Women’s Tea (promising to calm and relax), a summer berry tea and a Men’s Tea (to rejuvenate and energise). One thing I was a little sad to note is their lack of flowering teas like rose and jasmine, which I normally opt for, but that’s only a tiny niggle and it didn’t affect my overall enjoyment.
The afternoon tea itself is an outright feast. With smoked salmon and prawn marie rose in a brioche bun, cucumber sandwiches, tandoori chicken wraps, and much more as the savouries, you’re practically stuffed before you even get to the pastries! But, I mean, who is ever too full for dessert…? The sweet options are all in keeping with their summer berry-themed seasonal menu, so we have raspberry and blueberry cupcakes, redcurrant choux buns, strawberry tarts and a crowning glory white chocolate and strawberry dome, sitting pretty at the top of the cake stand. My favourites, though, were the blackberry and chocolate slice and the chocolate macaron… yum!
After all this, there’s still scones and the chocolate fountain! Both were excellent, and I recommend trying to leave room for the fountain, as I only managed one measly strawberry as I was so full. Do. Not. Eat. Anything. Else. That. Day!
The summer berries & chocolate afternoon tea is available until 31 August and is served from 12-5pm, Monday to Friday and 12-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Great for escaping the madness of the Fringe Festival too!
Prices start at £35 per person for the afternoon tea without champagne. To book a table, just call 0131 222 8945.
* I was invited by Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh to receive a complimentary champagne afternoon tea but, as ever, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own and I have not been sponsored to write this post.