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Cafe Portrait

1 QueenStreet, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

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

Lovely afternoon tea in a very relaxed atmosphere

Joan Ritchie 22 August 2017
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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Customer reviews for Cafe Portrait

4.3 (((() (based on 28 reviews)
89% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (25)
  • value (11)
  • lunch (10)
  • child friendly (3)
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  • ((*** 28 December 2017 by AG from Edinburgh

    I booked an afternoon tea for 4. Booking in itself was relatively seamless online, although I was misled in believing that the £30 for 2 price was a special offer online, instead of just being the normal price i.e. I didn't need to buy vouchers to secure that price. Afternoon teas are served in a separate room, which on the plus side was quieter than the main café sitting area, but on the negative side was terribly spartan and cold. We came for a treat and some festive cheer, it felt a lot more festive in the lushly decorated main hall of the gallery and the main café area, than the storeroom they put us in!!

  • ((((( 7 November 2017 by Sheila Easton from West Calder

    First time in Gallery and first time in cafe where we had afternoon tea. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole team. To start with the small cup of soup on a cold day was great. Sandwiches, scones and cakes were excellenthe and as much tea as we liked it been made from tea leaves only added to our enjoyment what a difference instead of tea bags. All staff were very nice and looked after us well. Would definitely go again.

  • ((((( 22 August 2017 by Joan Ritchie from edinburgh

    Lovely afternoon tea in a very relaxed atmosphere

  • ((((( 3 August 2017 by Maureen Mcintyre from Edinburgh

    We arrived early - not a problem. We were seated and asked for our preferred tea and our food arrived soon after. Staff were attentive and lovely, food was wonderful and my gluten free cakes were the same as the non gluten free. Delicious.

  • ((((( 24 July 2017 by Amy Devereux from Edinburgh

    I treated my Mum and I to afternoon tea and we were not disappointed. We both had plenty of delicious cakes, sandwiches and desserts to eat as well as an endless supply of tea/coffee. The staff were helpful and friendly and we were placed in the 'Snug' which was next to the busy restaurant, so it made the experience relaxing and altogether really enjoyable. Thank you for also catering for Coeliacs!

  • ((((( 15 July 2017 by Paulien Depreter from Edinburgh

    I have severe food intolerances but this was no problem at all for the Café. They made a vegetarian glutenfree afternoon tea for myself and a lactosefree afternoon tea for my partner. The food was very tasty and the service was friendly and quick.

  • ((((( 18 June 2017 by Carole Rogers from Edinburgh

    We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea in the beautiful surroundings of Cafe Portrait. The service was very friendly and attentive and staff were keen to ensure we had everything we needed. The afternoon tea was superb and there were so many delicious treats to enjoy. One of our party is Coeliac and this was easily catered for with impressive gluten free substitutes. We would highly recommend a visit and we'll definitely be back very soon.

  • (**** 23 May 2017 by Glasgow Family from Glasgow

    Afternoon tea for 4 people. Surroundings were nice, food not at all value for money at nearly £18 per person. The cream for the scones was NOT clotted and had gone sour!! When mentioned to staff I was told "well there have been 12 afternoon teas today and this is the first I've heard!" No apology or sympathy at all! Very disappointed indeed.

  • (((** 16 May 2017 by Alison Singleton from Edinburgh

    The good was average. Scone felt dry. Salmon sandwich was too lemony for our taste.

    All other food was good.

    We felt the service could've been better. No one came to see if we wanted any more drinks etc. The staff member who asked for our voucher was seemed a little curt, however this might have been due to language differences. Overall we enjoyed the day and very grateful to office staff for extending voucher end date.

  • (((** 10 May 2017 by Mary Aitken from Edinburgh

    Visited here for Afternoon Tea which was delicious, very well presented and it all tasted as good as it looked!

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