Colonnades at the Signet Library

(209 Reviews)
The Signet Library West Parliament Square, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1RF
Afternoon Tea
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Opening hours

Thursday to Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00.

Restaurant description

Housed within the historic Signet Library, away from the bustle of the Edinburgh's Royal Mile, the venue is a quiet retreat where guests can enjoy an afternoon tea or a drink.

The Colonnades tea salon is located at the Lower Library and the interior is decked out with tall fluted Corinthian columns and neo-classical balustrades in the gallery. A list of classic and champagne cocktails, wines, beer and spirits are also offered.

Set in the heart of Edinburgh, Colonnades at the Signet Library is a 9-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station. Popular attractions like Edinburgh Castle and Scottish National Gallery are an 8-minute walk away.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Colonnades at the Signet Library
(based on 209 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (172)
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  • child friendly (8)
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  • large parties (14)
  • lunch (108)
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  • private dining (38)
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  • By Johan W from Edinburgh
    27 September 2020

    Found the whole experience of afternoon tea at the Colonnades at the Signet Library quite delightful. The atmosphere in the library is very pleasant and the service and quality of food was excellent.

  • By Elaine N from Edinburgh
    5 November 2019

    Fabulous food in historic setting, excellent service.

  • By Aileen M from Glenfinnan
    20 October 2019

    We felt well looked after by all staff who were friendly and professional in every way. Made the whole experience feel very special but relaxed enough to fully enjoy every minute. Note was taken that it was a birthday and a small candle in the dessert tray was a lovely touch. Loved the pastry items on the savoury tray the best where tasting experiences were unique. Sausage roll with haggis , pork and apple?. Was my favourite. Portion size was perfect including the sandwiches which usually fill you up in other eateries. Loved the celeriac amuse bouche starter as well as the scrumptious apple sorbet to finish. Our French Martini was made to perfection also. Can’t fault even 1 item. Before this afternoon tea my favourite one has been The Balmoral in Edinburgh but this one topped The Balmoral. Location made it special especially being in one of the book alcoves. We are book mad so this was a bonus to us. Thanks again and we will be back.

  • By Thomas N from Helsinki
    15 September 2019

    Very nice afternoon tea. Exellent service.

  • By Nabila K from Edinburgh
    23 August 2019

    Best cream tea in the city I’ve been to all of the top places !

  • By Amy L from Edinburgh
    23 August 2019

    Food was delicately prepared and delicious. It was beautiful to eat and to look at.

  • By Louise E from Walton-on-Thames
    22 August 2019

    Fantastic food, refined sophisticated setting but not imposing so feel very relaxed. Service impeccable and overall a wonderful experience. Favourite nibble was the delightful little savoury tart and the refreshing elderflower sorbet that rounded off the meal was delicious.

  • By Darren R from Edinburgh
    6 August 2019

    A great experience at the Signet Library. Great ambience and the staff were very friendly and attentive.

  • By Alanda B from Perth Western Australia
    5 August 2019

    This was a wonderful experience to start our holiday. Very welcoming staff and wonderful service. The food was delicious. I love the way the savories were served first and then the desserts. Endless pots of wonderful tea.

  • By Carole B from Edinburgh
    12 July 2019

    My husband and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary in your restaurant. The surroundings are very beautiful and we had a table in one of the alcoves. The waiting staff were very attentive and our food was excellent. We had three courses and I thought it was very good value.

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Colonnades at the Signet Library
The Signet Library West Parliament Square, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1RF