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6 spots for afternoon tea in Scotland

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Afternoon tea is the treat we all deserve this year – sitting down with a friend to sumptuous cakes, a glass of fizz, gallons of Scottish tea in a beautiful setting. Bliss! Take some time out for yourself or treat a friend or family member to an afternoon to remember. Here’s just a few places where you can enjoy an afternoon tea in Scotland – but share your favourite spots with us in the iKnow Scotland community?


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Find out what level each area is under and read more about the 5-level Covid-19 restrictions to plan and book ahead when considering your trip. You can search for businesses that are open, and Good to Go, where they have a Covid-19 risk assessment.

Mimi’s Bakehouse, Edinburgh

With multiple locations to choose from near you, enjoy a festive afternoon tea from Mimi’s Bakehouse with spiced cranberry scones, mixed berry jam and oven roast chipolatas. You can even order online and enjoy your afternoon tea at home!

Carlton George Hotel, Glasgow (closed until Dec 11)

Enjoy your afternoon tea in the Windows Restaurant, which sits on the 7th floor of the hotel, looking out across the city streets of Glasgow. Using local produce, your afternoon tea may include choux buns, strawberry tarts and brioche rolls.

Maryculter House Hotel, Aberdeen

Take your afternoon tea at Maryculter House Hotel in Aberdeen and you’ll enjoy it in one of the most famous and historic hotels in the city, all sat on the banks of the River Dee. Tear your eyes away from the cakes to admire the original features, dating back to the Order of the Knights Templar in 1227.

Lodge on Loch Lomond

Not just delicious afternoon tea, but a gorgeous surrounding awaits you at the Lodge on Loch Lomond. Enjoy a savoury section with haggis bon bons and sweets including vanilla cheesecake and carrot cake.

Hub Café, Edinburgh Technopole

Not just afternoon tea, but a Christmas-themed afternoon tea with sausage and cranberry rolls, Turkish delight cheesecakes and Christmas pudding truffles! A delight for the eyes as well as the body! Contact the Hub Café to book.

Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar

Retire to the Drawing Room of the Fife Arms for your afternoon tea, a space designed specially for the hotel with Scottish art and antiques. Admire the ceiling by Chinese artist, Zhang Enli, as you tuck into roast beef sandwiches, scones and a glass of champagne.

Find other ways to enjoy the delicious food & drink produce of Scotland.