Afternoon Tea has to be the ultimate mid-day indulgence. (Well at least that’s my view). Recently friends and I spent the afternoon celebrating a special birthday at The Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh. We were treated to a wonderful Champagne Afternoon Tea. (Thank You, Pamela).
The Roxburghe is “a luxury 4-star hotel in Edinburgh city centre. Ideally located for short breaks in Edinburgh, the hotel is just two minutes’ walk from Princes Street and overlooks the magnificent Edinburgh Castle.”
The hotel is set in a smart inconspicuous terrace in Charlotte Square and only stands out because of the welcoming carpet at the main entrance. However, once inside the main doors you immediately see why it won Edinburgh Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2014.
The hotel has a special ambiance which makes you feel pampered as soon as you enter. The door staff are very welcoming. The friendly but professional attitudes of the staff continued as we were escorted to the Samovar Lounge,and seated at our table for tea.
We settled very quickly into our roles of ‘Ladies who take tea’. The very pleasant waitress explained our options, and once the decisions were made about the type of Twinnings tea to be digested, the service began.
We started our experience with a glass of Champagne and an Amuse Bouche ( an iced tea with fruit and mint) to cleanse the palette before we began our savoury/sweet experience.
The tea was served in individual pots and we were given what I can only describe as a ‘brew timer’ and told our teas would be ready to drink when our timer had emptied of sand.
The Afternoon Tea was served and did not disappoint. It consisted of the usual treats…four types of dainty sandwiches with various fillings;
Cucumber on white
Smoked Ham and chutney on brown
Roast beef and grain mustard open sandwich on crusty bread
Hot smoked salmon and Dill Creme Fraiche open sandwich on crusty bread
The scones were served with clotted cream and jam and YES of course we had the obligatory discussion about the etiquette for eating scones ( Does the jam or cream go onto the scone first?). Needless to say we couldn’t agree so we just did our own thing and enjoyed them anyway.
The top tier of cakes looked delectable, but I’m afraid we did have to take a short but well needed break before we attempted to eat more. Once rested we made short work of the fruit tart, mini meringue, choux bun and lemon drizzle cake.
Finished…….full tummy and feeling like the cat who got the cream,we were able to ‘sit and chat’ for a long while after finishing tea, without anyone rushing us out of the door.
If your heading up to Edinburgh give The Roxburghe Hotel and its Afternoon Tea a try. Overall an excellent experience.