About Peacock Alley - Waldorf Astoria
A warm welcome on a wet, cold afternoon
We were welcomed and shown to a comfortable table. We were ready for the cocktails before we chose our tea. Real leaf teas makes all the difference, thank you. Tasty interesting sandwiches before excellent scones, the marmalade was inspired. Finished off with coffee and cakes. How to spend a wet Tuesday afternoon in Edinburgh!
Afternoon tea for 60th birthday was lovely, although would have liked waitress to ask if sandwich fillings suitable as done at other venues. Some fillings a little fancy however we did get to change a couple when we asked. Scones excellent and good selection of cakes. Staff very attentive nothing to much trouble.
5-star hotel lounge in Central Edinburgh
Based in the landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel, Peacock Alley is a genteel, Manhattan-style lounge serving breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails. In fact, it is formerly the Caledonian station concourse and the historic railway clock is still a feature of the space. Decorated in soft creams and browns with stone columns and marble floors, this is a restful, elegant spot for a catch-up with friends.
High-end afternoon tea selection
Afternoon tea at Peacock Alley is a very polished affair. As well as fine loose leaf tea or speciality coffee, you will begin with a selection of sandwiches and savouries. This might include crispy duck, rocket, cucumber & coriander wrap; chickpea & feta wrap; avocado, tomato & mozzarella finger; tuna, red pepper & goats’ cheese finger; smoked salmon & prawn Marie Rose finger, and bitter chocolate, blue cheese & asparagus tart.
You will also be served freshly baked scones (plain for traditional types and triple chocolate for cocoa-holics) accompanied by clotted cream and homemade jam. Sweet treats are artistically presented, and might feature dainty delights like redcurrant macaron; white chocolate & coconut blondie; blueberry baked cheesecake; raspberry meringue tart, trio of chocolate dome, and strawberry choux.
Want to make your afternoon tea extra special? Then you can also add on refreshing cocktails or fizz.
Attractions close to Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria
Based on Princes Street with the castle as its backdrop, Peacock Alley is ideal for combining with a shopping trip to House of Fraser, a show at Usher Hall or just a wander around Edinburgh. Both Waverley and Haymarket stations are a 15-minute walk away, and you can find pay parking close by on Castle Terrace.