Festive Afternoon Tea's

Afternoon tea has been around since 1840 when introduced in England by Anna Maria Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. Though British tea drinking has been around a few hundred years more! Today afternoon tea is an experience to enjoy at many of the 5* hotels, attractions including Edinburgh Castle or onboard a vintage routemaster bus. Did you know there is an art to tea? The tea house's in Japan still to this day, show you the art of making tea. You can also enjoy the art of tea pouring at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. Here are some festive afternoon teas not to be missed!


Edinburgh Castle Christmas Afternoon Tea © Historic Environment Scotland

Festive Afternoon Tea's Not To Be Missed in Scotland's Central Belt


Edinburgh Castle


Enjoy Christmas lunch or a festive afternoon tea in the opulent Queen Anne Room at Edinburgh Castle one of the most besieged places in Europe. Edinburgh Castle has been home to kings and queens for centuries and has been inhabited since the Iron Age, built on top of an extinct volcano dating back 350 million years. The festive teas are fit for royalty. These can be enjoyed with a glass of prosecco or the new Edinburgh Castle gin. As well as indulgent treats and festive sandwiches, the cost includes entrance to the castle. Anyone for Rudolph cake? Yum!


Book your Edinburgh Castle Festive Afternoon Tea here.



Festive Afternoon Tea at Edinburgh Castle © Historic Environment Scotland

Callendar House


Callendar House a 14th-century resembling French chateau, located in the town of Falkirk, is well worth a visit. Filled with informative exhibits including the Roman era to its refurbished Georgian kitchen, where many of the delicious delights are made, then served in the tearoom.


Between now and the end of December you can enjoy a festive afternoon tea at Callendar House, which includes the traditional scone, Christmas cake and much more! Book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Festive Afternoon Tea at Callendar House © Falkirk Community Trust

The Dome


One of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks, The Dome was once the site of the old Physicians Hall. The building you see today was built and designed in 1775 by James Craig, the celebrated planner of Edinburgh's New Town. Head office for the Commerical Bank of Scotland, today the A listed building is still widely recognised by its distinguished Roman column facade. Home to a bar, restaurant and nightclub.


I can highly recommend the Festive Morning Tea served in the opulent Club Room, though during busy times service can be a bit slow. The food and ambiance totally make up for it! A must visit when in Edinburgh, especially during the festive month when decorated. It is a-maz-ing.



One of the must see's when visiting Edinburgh during the festive season. This year over 1 million lights are on display!



Red Bus Bistro


I love touring around while enjoying the sights of Edinburgh including Greyfriars Bobby, The Grassmarket, Holyrood Palace and many more iconic locations. It's a great experience onboard a vintage red bus and the food is delicious too. Not only can you enjoy the afternoon tea but also a festive Christmas 3-course dinner! I know, hold on to your seat.


This fab experience can also be gifted. Are you still looking for something that little bit different for someone special? This is it. There are various gift voucher options available that can be used throughout the year and are valid for two years. Which one will you gift this Christmas?


Festive Gin Pot-tail onboard The Red Bus Bistro ©Red Bus Bistro

Discover what the Queen will be having on Christmas Day.


I hope you have enjoyed reading and are inspired to dive into one or more of the above festive afternoon teas. Would you like to discover more afternoon teas? If you missed it, read about the magical Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at Terrace at the Dilly.


Until next time..


Happy Holidays,

Michelle x

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