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Cafe Portrait

1 QueenStreet, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

(((() Afternoon Tea
  •  - Edinburgh
  •  - Edinburgh
  •  - Edinburgh
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

Excellent afternoon tea, a little bit different. The cup of hot mushroom soup was very welcome on a cold wet afternoon.

Ann 22 November 2018
from Edinburgh

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Filled with stunning artwork and boasting dramatic gothic windows and styling, Cafe Portrait sits inside the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, offering homemade soups, sandwiches, light bites and afternoon teas. Gluten and dairy-free options are also available.

The Cafe Portrait menu offers a great selection of light meals, perfect for refuelling whilst visiting the gallery. There are flavourful soups that change frequently, as well as generously-filled sandwiches and ciabattas. Inventive mains use organic, seasonal produce, with recipes including seared chicken breast served with fennel and juicy orange slices.

Afternoon tea at Cafe Portrait Edinburgh is extremely popular, with loose leaf teas and an irresistible selections of freshly-baked treats served up every day, including options that are gluten-free and dairy-free.

Bringing elegant treats to one of Scotland's most famous art venues, Cafe Portrait is just 5 minutes' walk from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station.

Cafe Portrait

1 QueenStreet, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

Contact +44 1316246421

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4.5 (((() (based on 47 reviews)
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  • afternoon tea (43)
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  • ((((* 10 September 2019 by Beatrice from Dübendorf

    We enjoyed a lovely, delicious afternoon Tea. It was very nice:-)

  • ((((( 21 August 2019 by Anonymous from Manchester

    This is my fifth or sixth afternoon tea at Cafe Portrait and it's always been exceptional. Beautifully presented and imaginatively thought out, both the standard and the vegetarian options are excellent value for money and feel special. Highly recommended.

  • ((((( 30 July 2019 by Emma from Edinburgh

    Lovely place setting, beautiful presentation. Gorgeous food. Good at accommodating dietary requirements such as gluten free. Was a lovely afternoon tea!

  • ((((( 21 July 2019 by Elizabeth from London

    Had a lovely visit to the National Portrait Gallery with my sister. We topped it off with tea for two. The staff was helpful and cheerful. They even got us a container to take the sweets we couldn’t finish with us. They we enjoyed by my brother-in-law and my nephew. Would recommend their set tea as a lovely place for afternoon tea at a reasonable price if you are in London.

  • ((((* 3 May 2019 by Elizabeth from Edinburgh

    We had a lovely afternoon tea which served in the quiet room. I loved the little bowl of soup and the beautiful presentation of the dishes. Very nice cake selection and we had our first taste of edible flowers. The scones would be my least favourite part as think I would have expected 'different' scones from the usual there and they were rather dry. Also one jar of jam and cream were a bit small portion for the four scones however the black currant jam was delicious.

  • ((((* 26 February 2019 by Joan from Edinburgh

    Was given our afternoon tea as a gift.
    Lovely variety. Petite soup. Lemony posset. Dainty delicious cakes.

  • ((((( 28 December 2018 by Panicha from Glasgow

    It was one of impressive experiences for my first visit to the city of Edinburgh. Our table were nicely arranged for three persons in the coziest cornor of the tea room. The staff were rather busy that day but trying their best to render us timely service with friendly faces. Everything being served on the table, from tea cups, teapot, and the dessert tier, was pleasant and so was the taste of food. My friends and I were particulary impressed about the side dish of assorted tiny sandwiches with soup. They were absulotely delicious and really filled up our stomach. For the dessert, we all agreed with each other that the chocolate cake and the one that taste like soft creamy yogurt were the best. Overall, we really enjoyed our tea time at Cafe Gallery and we would love to recommend this place for those who are looking for a proper afternoon tea experience for a very reasonable price.

  • ((((* 21 December 2018 by Yuxuan from Edinburgh

    Both drinks and food are amazing and the service is great.

  • ((((( 11 December 2018 by Amanda from North shields

    We had an afternoon tea. Which I can honestly say was exceptional value for money. Especially when you look at the prices of other venues in the city. We were shown straight to our table even though we were slightly early and our food was brought out within minutes. The food was beautifully served and delicious and the waiting staff looked after us extremely well. Worth worth every penny and I wouldn't hesitate going there again.

  • ((((( 22 November 2018 by Ann from Edinburgh

    Excellent afternoon tea, a little bit different. The cup of hot mushroom soup was very welcome on a cold wet afternoon.

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