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Peacock Alley

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

(((() Afternoon Tea
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  • Peacock Alley - Edinburgh
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  • Peacock Alley - Edinburgh
  • Peacock Alley - Edinburgh
  • Peacock Alley - Edinburgh
  • Peacock Alley - Edinburgh
  • Peacock Alley - Edinburgh
  •  - Edinburgh
  • Peacock Alley - Edinburgh
  •  - Edinburgh
  •  - Edinburgh
  • Peacock Alley - Edinburgh
  •  - Edinburgh
Main course: £34
Food spend: £34
Opening hours
Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 23:00.

Lovely afternoon tea, attentive staff and beautiful relaxed setting

Ruth 31 December 2018
from Bonnyrigg

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A luxury breakfast and afternoon tea lounge, Peacock Alley evokes the glamour and finesse of the original Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. The epitome of chic, guests can enjoy tempting mixes at the ‘cocktail hour’.

Offering one of Edinburgh’s finest afternoon teas, the Peacock Alley menu offers goods made fresh by gifted pastry chefs, and champagne teas offer extra-special indulgence. Fresh fingers sandwiches, miniature dainties and fine teas are served, as well as a selection exclusively for children.

Housed within a majestic conversion of the old train station concourse and ticket office, sample exquisitely crafted indulgences surrounded by towering sandstone walls, hefty pillars, and plush furnishings. Using only the finest spirits and freshest ingredients, the experienced team craft classic and exclusive Waldorf Astoria cocktails.

An iconic retreat in one of Edinburgh’s finest hotels, Peacock Alley offers luxury dining from morning until late. The cosmopolitan buzz of Princes Street sits just 2 minutes’ walk from Peacock Alley restaurant.

Peacock Alley

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

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Customer reviews for Peacock Alley

4.3 (((() (based on 110 reviews)
88% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (89)
  • luxury (31)
  • lunch (11)
  • business (10)
  • romantic (10)
  • value (10)
  • dinner (6)
  • child friendly (4)
  • entertainment (4)
  • breakfast (3)
  • private dining (3)
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  • large parties (1)
  • (((** 22 July 2019 by Natalie from London

    We had afternoon tea on Saturday 20th july. Excellent tea, amazing cocktails, but food quality needs to improve. Savoury dishes: bread with tomatoes and mozarella had been prepared hours in advance and bread was soaked through, combination of blue cheese and chocolate was not good, prawn and salmon sandwich needs to decide on one of the two ingredients as both together do not work. Sweet dishes: macarons were soft with no crunch on the outer layer proving they were not fresh, similarly the cheesecake had a spot of cream which was hardened again proving it was not fresh. I understand that afternoon tea is now a bit of a production and items will be prepared in advance. However I expect that a hotel at the level of the Waldorf Astoria knows better than to serve softened macrons, cream that isn't fresh, and soggy bread.

  • ((((( 4 June 2019 by Ruth from Edinburgh

    Very comfortable and classy surroundings. All the staff were friendly, attentive and helpful. Our savoury afternoon tea included a small amuse-bouche of fine butternut squash soup to accompany a warm mini pork pie and filo pastry roll stuffed with haggis. The middle tier included a cheese and deli selection - the salami and chorizo prettily rolled into tiny cones to form a rosette - very impressive. We could not do justice to the sandwiches that followed nor the scones which were kindly boxed up for us to take away. My friend and I have a lovely afternoon and I would definitely recommend.

  • ((((( 31 December 2018 by Ruth from Bonnyrigg

    Lovely afternoon tea, attentive staff and beautiful relaxed setting

  • ((((( 22 November 2018 by Belinda from Preston

    Food was excellent
    Sandwiches lovely
    Cakes and scones divine
    Plenty to eat and drink coffee was just right.
    We took cakes home in 2 lovely little boxes .
    The harp and piano was played beautifully.
    Only downside was being left to wait for 10/15 mins but a quick phone call soon got it sorted.
    Not the cheapest but worth every penny.

  • (((** 16 September 2018 by Naomi from London

    After requesting the vegan afternoon tea, I was very disappointed with how some members of staff behaved after the chef accidentally gave me clotted cream (and I'm severely allergic to dairy). After I notified them about the error, they avoided me and didn't even ask if I was ok. I wish the printed vegan menu matched what I was served on the day as it would have prevented me having an allergic reaction. My friend who had the traditional afternoon tea was very pleased with the food but agreed the staff shouldn't have avoided me.

  • ((((( 9 September 2018 by Margaret from Edinburgh

    Surroundings were very calm, comfortable & pleasant. The service from our waiter was friendly, attentive & accommodating.
    The selection of food was varied, very tasty & unusual. There was a good choice of teas & coffees with as much as we wanted.

  • ((((( 24 July 2018 by Annemarie from Hellerup

    Very cozy. Great sandwiches and cakes, just a little too much white chocolate.

  • ((((( 18 October 2017 by Linda from Edinburgh

    Standard of afternoon tea was very high especially the pastry , cakes & scones. The ambience was just perfect & the staff were amazing.

  • ((((( 27 August 2017 by Kath from Edinburgh

    We booked afternon tea..a really elegant setting & spacious layout.a mix of low lounge chairs with coffee tables or traditional height table & chair - your preference might depend on accessability (my guest was my mother who prefers to eat at a "proper" table!).Very welcoming staff who worked hard to please all the guests.i have a healthy appetite & was definately sated by the quantity of the food.quality was of the high standard you would expect from the Caledonians as a 5* hotel. A great selection of savoury & sweet options, with a pause then 2 tiers of the cakestand get replenished! Standout pastries were the scones and the Strawberry mousse tart.Really exquisite pastry skills on all offerings i hasten to add.we have now tried afternon tea in a few establishments in edinburgh - yes this was the dearest but i felt it delivered fully on both quality & quanity so i do think it was good value.we both said we would most definately do it again.

  • ((((( 25 August 2017 by Kenneth from Musselburgh

    Very welcoming and great selection of food - including chocolate fountain. Service exemplary

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