The Café at the Palace, Palace of Holyroodhouse

(70 Reviews)
Canongate The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 8DX
Afternoon Tea, Scottish
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Afternoon tea with Gin Cocktail £30 pp

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Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

Restaurant description

In a striking setting at the end of the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh, The Café at the Palace is one of the ultimate afternoon tea destinations. Its outdoor terrace in the historic Mews Courtyard gives diners views over Arthur's Seat, and the tea is served in specially commissioned chinaware.

The Café at The Palace are dedicated to using only the very finest of local ingredients and produce, as demonstrated by their Visit Scotland Taste our Best accreditation. By sourcing all of their ingredients locally you can be assured that only the freshest and tastiest of Scottish delights go into creating their award-winning afternoon teas.

A wide selection of Tea Palace loose leaf teas are served and you can indulge in a crisp glass of Pannier Brut champagne or refreshing Edinburgh Gin cocktail. Fully gluten free, dairy free and vegan afternoon teas are available. Great care is taken in providing for all guests, even the little ones aren’t forgotten about with a special Children’s afternoon tea.

The Cafe at the Palace was awarded a Highly Commended certificate at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2018 in recognition of its high quality Afternoon Tea service. Boasting a stunning location and contemporary terrace, The Café is 15 minutes' walk from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station.

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

Customer reviews for The Café at the Palace, Palace of Holyroodhouse
(based on 70 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (68)
  • al fresco (5)
  • breakfast (7)
  • child friendly (8)
  • dinner (2)
  • entertainment (3)
  • large parties (1)
  • lunch (19)
  • luxury (6)
  • private dining (2)
  • romantic (5)
  • trendy (1)
  • value (11)
  • views (5)
  • By Nancy M from Dublin
    25 February 2018

    Everything was very good!!! I loved it!

  • By Lilian K from Konstanz
    21 February 2018

    The place looked super nice and we just loved how they arrenged already everything at our table with fancy plates and flowers, which we booked for teatime. We could choose our tes by smelling different ones and every step was explained to us: how long the tea should stand, what we have on our tray and what we should eat first. We felt really special and maybe a bit royal as well. We skipped lunch for teatime, which was a good choice because there was a lot of food. We really loved the sandwiches and scones, the cakes have been a Little to sweet for us but as we are Germans we in General don't like to eat too sweet. Overall it was a great experience worth every Pound, which we would recommend to everyone visting Edinburgh.

  • By Sophie Z from Edinburgh
    26 August 2017

    This was a very enjoyable afternoon tea. Sofia was excellent and very attentive. The carrot cake was absolutely amazing, and the scones were great as well. The selection of teas was great and clearly of a high quality. The service was impeccable and the atmosphere in the Café was great. Having been to a few Afternoon Teas in various locations, I would definitely say this was one of the best.

  • By Siobhan W from Fallbrook, CA
    26 August 2017

    Sophia was an excellent server and gave us gracious, friendly attention. The outdoor seating was perfect, and the selection of teas, sandwiches and pastries exceeded our expectations. We even ordered a gluten-free selection for one member of our party and she loved the selection she was offered. For the price, the experience was a good value for the cost. The only enhancement might have been to be offered a top-off of our champagne, rather than just one glass.

  • By Charlene M from Knoxville, TN, USA
    20 August 2017

    We had an amazing visit! It was the first stop during our short visit to Edinburgh and it set a wonderful tone for the entire visit. We had afternoon tea and the food was excellent, but it was our server Jane (MacLardy) who really made the visit exceptional. She made us feel like visiting royalty and all in the friendliest way. We would definitely do it again.

  • By Ian F from Linlithgow
    9 August 2017

    Excellent afternoon tea. Nicely presented. Excellent service. Good food, and relaxed atmosphere.

  • By Donald R from PENICUIK
    3 August 2017

    Everything was absolutely fabulous

  • By Lauren R from Edinburgh
    29 July 2017

    The tea options were splendid and had something for everyone in my group. The vegetarian platter was a wonderful addition. Much of my party particularly enjoyed the sponge cakes and scones, but all of the food was absolutely delicious. It did take a little while for the food to come to the table, but other than that there were no issues with the service

  • By Simon M from Edinburgh
    26 July 2017

    Excellent afternoon tea

  • By Fiona C from Hong Kong
    18 July 2017

    The staff was very friendly and patient despite being very busy.

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The Café at the Palace, Palace of Holyroodhouse
Canongate The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 8DX

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