How does one solve the mystery of afternoon tea in Edinburgh?
Elementary, my dear Big Deal fan. Simply head along to Turquoise Thistle Bar, Lounge and Restaurant on York Place.
There you will discover a choice of two intriguing afternoon teas. One named after the great detective Sherlock Holmes and the other after his able companion, Dr Watson.
Both are delicious and both take their theme from Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes books, who was born at the adjacent Picardy Place in the capital.
Turquoise Thistle is part of Hotel Indigo on York Place.
Blending Georgian architecture with eye-catching modern design, it’s the perfect spot to relax over fine food, drink and a catch-up.
Sherlock Holmes afternoon tea
Option one is for two people to enjoy the Sherlock Holmes afternoon tea at Turquoise Thistle.
As well as tea or coffee, the menu will include savouries such as smoked salmon and crème fraiche on a potato scone; honey roast ham and brie in a croissant; and minted cucumber and crowdie on toasted ciabatta (v).
The sweet treats will feature scones with Chantilly cream and jam; a white chocolate and almond truffle; Victoria sponge cake; macaroons and a seasonal fruit filo tartlet.
Dr Watson Option
As well as some different menu items such as cider cake, the Dr Watson option is similar to the Sherlock Holmes but also features a cocktail for each guest.
For medicinal purposes, you understand.
7 days a week
Both options are available seven days a week with afternoon tea served from 2pm to 4.30pm.
Turquoise Thistle has won lots of fans among 5pm users. Edited from a longer review, this is what one recent guest thought of her experience:
‘Lovely afternoon tea in a very nice setting. We’ve been for afternoon tea here a number of times and it is simply one of the best places we’ve been in Edinburgh… The lovely savouries are to die for and the sweets are delightful… With excellent service and a lovely atmosphere (there were lots of happy people in for afternoon tea the day we were there) it is a lovely venue for a girly trip or a date day special treat.’ Rating 4.6/5
The York Place hotel is handy for the cute arts and crafts boutiques of Broughton Street while the shopping opportunities at John Lewis, Mulberry Walk and George Street are just a short walk away.
The Playhouse is no more than a leisurely five minute saunter. Handy if you are going to see Jesus Christ Superstar or Abba Mania in the next few weeks.
Wearing a deerstalker is optional.