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 Karin K from Marken
    23 June 2016

    We had a nice afternoon tea in the garden!

  • By Andrew W from Edinburgh
    19 June 2016

    I thought the experience they provided was great for Afternoon tea and the staff were very attentive

  • By Kam kuen L from Hong Kong
    15 June 2016


  • By Hanah A from Canada
    4 June 2016

    It was our first Afternoon tea anywhere and it's what we expected. The food was great and filling. The tea was good and our tea lady was awesome. Thanks for a great experience!

  • By Heather P from Ednburgh
    30 May 2016

    This was a birthday treat - high tea- for daughters 30th birthday with family from 18 months to over 80. Every one well catered for including the children and vegetarian. nothing was too much trouble, extra cheese sandwiches for kids was quickly supplied. Laura, our hostess was lovely, could not do enough for us all. No pressure to be done by a certain time, overall a brilliant experience and a perfect venue for the birthday party!!! We will back. The food being all Scottish made it even more special.

  • By Sarah M from Edinburgh
    26 May 2016

    We had afternoon tea on the 26.5.16. It was a birthday treat. Food was bite size, varied, very fresh, plentiful and extremely tasty. Earl grey tea was strong, just as we like it. Staff were very professional and friendly, making sure we had everything we needed, lots of refills of tea etc. Venue is large and airy, my only issue would be with the sound echo, you'd have to pick your seating spot if you wear an hearing aid. At £16.95 it was on the pricey end of afternoon tea, but the whole afternoon was great. Would we go again, that's a big yes.

  • By Cath P from Cumbria
    21 May 2016

    Food was fantastic and service we received was excellent, really efficient and friendly. Couldn't have wanted more. Will definitely go again when next in Edinburgh.

  • By Mary F from Lochgelly
    7 May 2016

    Daughter and son in law came for champagne afternoon tea as birthday treat for him .They had a lovely afternoon delighted by whole experience thank you for the complimentary glass of bubbles for Mark .

  • By Sandra T from Dundee
    4 April 2016

    Afternoon Tea was a lovely treat. The food was delicious and the service superb.

  • By Margaret R from Edinburgh
    6 March 2016

    Lovely afternoon tea. Food was great. Service superb - wee treat for my mum and she loved it!!

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

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