Our top picks to luxury afternoon tea in Scotland. Afternoon tea has become increasingly popular across Scotland, with people gathering together to sip tea from china cups, Champagne in crystal flutes and nibble treats from vintage cake stands. If you’re looking to indulge in luxurious afternoon tea, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Scotland. We’ve selected our favourites for you to try.
Dalhousie Castle- Edinburgh
With panoramic views overlooking the castle estate makes for the perfect spot to enjoy Dalhousie’s very popular Afternoon Tea, available with Champagne, selection of finger sandwiches, scones with preserves, clotted cream and butter and a presentation of cream cakes and dainties and loose leaf tea or coffee.
The Royal Afternoon Tea includes a Laurent Perrier Champagne flight; three of Dalhousie’s favourite Champagnes matched to each course. A real regal affair.
Castle Afternoon Tea, £18.50 Per Person
Royal Afternoon Tea, £39.50 Per Person
Afternoon Tea is served, daily, in the Orangery or the Library from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.
Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, EH19 3JB | 01875 808525 | www.dalhousiecastle.co.uk
Fonab Castle – Pitlochry
The indulgent past-time of Afternoon Tea is ever more sweeter at Fonab Castle and is eclipsed only by the view across to Ben Vrackie. The tranquil waters of Loch Faskally unfold from your unique spot in the Lounge which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows.
Add some sparkle to the occasion with a glass of bubbly or a G&T created from the finest gins.
The Fonab Cream Tea – £10.95 pp
The Fonab Afternoon Tea – £19.50 pp
The Hendricks Afternoon Tea – £24.50 pp
The Indulgent Afternoon Tea – £29.50 pp
Old Course Hotel – St Andrews
An amazing afternoon tea experience with views overlooking the world-famous golf course. Served in the Conservatory during the week and at the weekends in Sands Grill Restaurant. Enjoy a selection of delicate pastries and cakes, created by the hotel’s Pastry Chef, including homemade plain and fruit scones and lemon pancakes with clotted cream and strawberry and pink Champagne preserve, served daily 2pm till 4pm.
Afternoon Tea – £25pp
Champagne Afternoon Tea – £36 pp (includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne)
Nira Caledonia – Edinburgh
Enjoy afternoon tea at Nira Caledonia, a boutique hotel in Edinburgh and part of the Small Luxury Hotel (SLH) collection. Afternoon tea with traditional sweet and savoury treats served in the plush lounge.
Nira Caledonia Afternoon Tea – £14pp
Champagne Afternoon Tea – £18pp
10 Gloucester PlaceEdinburgh, EH3 6EF |
+44 131 225 2720| www.niracaledonia.com
The Royal Yacht Britannia Champagne Afternoon Tea
Relax in the Royal Deck Tea Room with its panoramic views across the Forth, as you are served a choice of speciality teased drinks, including Britannia’s own label fizz. Delicious home-made scones, soups and sandwiches, all made freshly every day in the original Royal Galley. A selection of gluten or wheat-free cakes and sweet treats are available. Please ask your waiter.
Ocean Terminal, Ocean Drive, EH6 6JJ |
0131 555 5566 | www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk
Ardanaiseig Hotel – Argyll
With a country house feel, this hotel is perfectly positioned by Loch Awe. Ardanaiseig is one of Scotland’s hidden gems, the hotel maybe slightly off the beaten track but well worth the visit. The views across the gardens, Loch Awe and beyond are just outstanding.
Full Afternoon Tea starts at £17pp.
Kilchrenan, by Taynuilt, Argyll, PA35 1HE |
+44 (0)1866 833 333 | www.ardanaiseig.com
Knock Castle – Crieff
Situated on the outskirts of Crieff, Knock Castle Hotel, gives a warm Scottish welcome, with panoramic views across the perthshire hills. The staff are very attentive and all dietary requirements are catered for. Afternoon tea is served throughout the year.
Please be advised when booking, that 24 hour notice is required, as all food is prepared freshly on the day.
Afternoon Tea – £15pp
Drummond Terrace, Crief, Perthshire PH7 4AN |
01764 650088 | www.knockcastle.com
Lochside House Hotel & Spa – Ayrshire
Set within 20 acres of land, overlooking The Loch of the Lowes, in the heart of ‘Burns’ country. The Lochside House hotel has amazing views across the Ayrshire countryside. Afternoon Tea is served daily from 2pm – 5pm.
Afternoon Tea – from £45
New Cumnock, Cumnock, Ayrshire, KA18 4PN |
+44 (0)1290 333000 | www.lochside-hotel.com
Glenapp Castle- Ayrshire
A Scottish Baronial castle, hidden in 36 acres of glorious garden and woodland on the rugged and beautiful Ayrshire coast. Glenapp Castle has spectacular views across the Irish Sea to the island of Arran and the massive granite rock of Ailsa Craig. Enjoy your luxury afternoon tea in regal surroundings. All guests who have afternoon tea reservations are invited to walk in the castle gardens either before or after their afternoon tea.
Please note that the hotel grounds are accessed via automatic gates, so a reservation is essential for both resident and non-resident guests.
Hendricks Afternoon Tea – from £27.50
Luxury Afternoon Tea – please call to enquire
Ballantrae, Ayrshire, KA26 0NZ |
+44 (0)1465 831212 | www.glenappcastle.com