Tea Tasting at Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company
Edinburgh © Scottish Food and Drink Trails

Tea, Smugglers and the Queen

From £130 per adult

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May — October

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Scotland has had a long association with Tea. From smuggling the best Tea in Europe to creating a blend fit for a Queen. Come and see behind the scenes. Learn about Tea smuggling.Taste Kombucha in a Georgian dining room . Blend your own Tea.


  • Travel from Edinburgh to Eyemouth “The Smugglers Town” on the rugged Berwickshire Coast in the morning.
  • Visit the Georgian Mansion Gunsgreen House, built in 1753. Hear and see how the smugglers hid contraband Tea in the house, from the prying eyes of the Excisemen.
  • Taste the handcrafted, award-winning Kombucha made in Eyemouth by Left Field.
  • Hear the story of how Left Field Kombucha was born.
  • Lunch provided and time to wander around the harbour of Eyemouth.
  • Visit in the afternoon the Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company founded in 1812 by Andrew Melrose, a famous Scottish Tea Merchant.
  • Hear the history of Tea in Scotland and how the world famous Scottish Breakfast Tea was born with the help of Queen Victoria.
  • Blend your own brew to take home with you.
  •  History, foodie facts, secrets and surprises along the way.

Contact details

Scottish Food and Drink Trails
16 Milton Bridge
EH26 0RD
Edinburgh & The Lothians
Driver guide
Bespoke Private
Food and drink History Landscapes

Tour prices


  • £130 Per Adult
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Tour company information

Scottish Food and Drink Trails

Unique Food and Drink tours and experiences, highlighting Scottish food and drink producers, throughout Scotland leaving from Edinburgh. We take you to meet Scottish food and drink heroes who make their products with a lot of passion. On our tours you will get to taste and saviour food and drink made by them. You will also see beautiful scenery and come up close with history too. Our tours and experiences are small and can be bespoke. We like it that way as our presence will not disturb our much-loved producers’ life or impact on the landscape we love and want to share with you.

Opening times

We currently only offer private tours up to 4 people. Friday to Sunday. If you wish a day outwith this please phone to book.

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