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 Alison C from Edinburgh
    15 July 2017

    Lovely afternoon tea. Service excellent and food good. Flexible with timings.

  • By Kim T from Edinburgh
    13 July 2017

    I had a lovely afternoon tea I would definitely go back

  • By Lauren F from Los Angeles
    11 July 2017

    We had a great time! Our waitress Patrycja was instrumental to our experience. She was very kind and helpful. I will recommend the Café at the Palace to anyone I know visiting Edinburgh!

  • By Barbara C from Edinburgh
    18 June 2017

    Lovely champagne tea -- excellent service

  • By liz johnston J from glasgow
    15 June 2017

    i truly enjoyed the afternoon tea.the table was all set with lovely tea dishes.THe girl who served us ,Sophia was so nice.One of the best teas we have had and really pretty surroundings ,

  • By susanne P from Germany
    12 June 2017

    Service perfekt. Champagne tea delicious. We enjoyed it very much

  • By Ashlea W from Dunfermline
    10 June 2017

    Really nice introduction to the teas. The food was delicious, but as we were there for our lunch it seemed like not enough of the sandwiches for two. Would have preferred two plates of savoury instead of sweet. Patricia was lovely.

  • By Katherine M from Texas, USA
    8 June 2017

    We came for Afternoon Tea. My sister and I enjoyed it very much. We especially liked the sandwiches and the carrot cake. The staff was friendly and attentive. We loved the assortment of teas to select. The only disappointment was the physical location of the area where tea was served. Our expectation was that it would be in a special room with a lovely view of the gardens or the like; instead, it was just in an open, public eating area with zero charm or views.

  • By Cindy H from Edinburgh
    8 June 2017

    We arrived early and they graciously got us seated. It was pouring rain. So we were very happy. The tea was lovely and the food was great. I have been trying to get the recipe for the plain scones we had there and also the clotted cream. Is there any way you would send the recipes to me? Thank you very much. We loved it so much we went back for lunch another day.

  • By Christine I from Edinburgh
    7 June 2017

    Excellent day, staff were excellent and the food was lovely. Had such a nice day and was such a lovely gift to be given.

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

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