In many ancient worlds, turquoise gemstones were said to bring good luck.
Today’s Big Deal with the Turquoise Thistle Bar and Lounge probably won’t help your Lotto chances but we can guarantee that you will hit the gastronomic jackpot when you enjoy a fantastic afternoon tea for two at the new hotel.
Is there a more sophisticated way to enjoy a summer afternoon than to take tea? We think not.
Step into the luxurious lounge in Hotel Indigo on York Place and the staff promise pure indulgence.
Blending Georgian architecture with eye-catching modern design, it’s the perfect spot to relax over fine food, drink and a catch-up.
A selection of hand cut sandwiches, traditional Scottish cakes, biscuits and homemade scones will give you plenty to nibble on while the wide selection of speciality coffees and especially teas means that you won’t be thirsty.
From 1951 to 1963, the building used to be the headquarters of the tea merchants William MacLeod & Company.
The tea merchants have long gone but beautiful teas are still very much in evidence. The delicate Thistle tea comes heartily recommended.
Delightful as tea is, the intensity of the gossip sometimes requires something a little stronger to accompany your treat.
Option 2 of today’s Big Deal means that you can enhance your afternoon tea and both enjoy a drink from Turquoise Thistle’s cocktail list.
Shop & drop
Available 2pm-7pm, seven days a week, this afternoon tea deal would be perfect for a pick-me-up during a shopping expedition. The St James Centre and John Lewis is just around the corner; Broughton Street’s quirky arts and crafts boutiques are two minutes away and the clothes shops of George Street are only a little further.
The Playhouse is a very short stroll away which means that this Big Deal would also be handy for anyone in town to catch a show. Hotel Indigo is a ten minute walk from Waverley Station so it wouldn’t be a huge detour to pop in for afternoon tea before catching a performance of Oliver!
Alternatively, many of us will be enjoying an extended bank holiday this weekend courtesy of the Queen’s Jubilee. This Big Deal is the perfect excuse to raise a pinkie, take a sip of Darjeeling and say ‘Thanks for the extra day off, Ma’am’.