Afternoon tea at the Colonnades, the Signet Library
Colonnades at the Signet Library, Edinburgh
Drinks and nibbles, Colonnades at the Signet Library
Afternoon Tea,Colonnades at the Signet Library, Edinburgh
Cream tea, Colonnades at the Signet Library, Edinburgh

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The Signet Library
Parliament Square

Telephone No.

0131 226 1064

Opening Times

Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 4.30pm


Edinburgh's Finest Afternoon Tea 

Located in the historic splendour of The Signet Library in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, close to St Giles Cathedral, Colonnades is a truly unique destination, enticing in-the-know city-dwellers and visitors wanting an authentic taste of British heritage.

The Signet Library is known as one of Edinburgh’s finest Georgian buildings, and the ornate columns, elaborate soaring ceiling and incomparably elegant interior make this a wonderful setting for our version of the classic European tea salon.

Here you will experience the grandeur of times gone by, with all the ceremony you’d expect: beautifully set tables with fine porcelain, impeccable service from our charming waiting staff; we even have a tea sommelier who will expertly guide you through our dazzling array of teas (we call it the Char Chat for short) – and fascinating it is too.

And tea (or champagne – or both!) it must be, to accompany our piece de resistance – the magnificent Colonnades Afternoon Tea. Already voted the best in town by a number of besotted customers, the towering tiers of savoury delicacies, intricate sweet delights and our much-loved scones – all made by our resident pastry chef - are a feast for the eyes and sumptuous to eat. Make an afternoon of it and indulge. . .

It doesn’t have to be tea though. At Colonnades we serve delicious lunches as well as the full Afternoon Tea extravaganza (for which we recommend you book).  In August, Edinburgh’s finest afternoon tea destination will expand the menu to include a delicious chef tasting dinner menu. Cocktails created by our very own mixologist are a decadent, delicious way to spend time with friends – it’s sort of Downton Abbey meets Sex in the City. Discover Colonnades and you’ll feel thoroughly spoilt, whatever you order. Book your table now



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