Legend has it that the custom of taking afternoon tea was started by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford.
She took afternoon tea to counter the ‘sinking feeling’ she often experienced in the late afternoon.
Avoid sinking and send your spirits soaring with today’s Big Deal on a sparkling afternoon tea for two at the charming No 11 Brunswick Street in Edinburgh.
Just ten minutes from Princes Street, this welcoming hotel is set in a gorgeous Georgian townhouse – a very elegant spot for a delicious afternoon tea.
It is also just five minutes from Edinburgh Playhouse – handy if you fancy a pre-show bite.
Afternoon tea is served from 2pm, Tuesday to Sunday, in your choice of the art-lined Brasserie or the cosy guest lounge. The last reservation time is 3.30pm.
This offer is for two people to have a luxury afternoon tea with a glass of sparkling wine each.
The food is splendid. All of the baking items are handmade at the hotel as are the finger sandwiches.
Here’s the menu:
Manna House Bakery bread with herb marinated olives and balsamic oil.
Fresh fruit or plain scones with flavours ranging from cranberry and orange or dark chocolate and cherry to apricot and ginger. Served with Isabella’s Preserves strawberry and Champagne Jam plus clotted cream.
Sandwich selection includes mini croissants filled with smoked salmon, dill and soft cheese or egg salad with chive and cracked black pepper. There will also be your choice of brown or white bread filled with Broon Coo brie and cranberry; sliced pastrami with horseradish cream or honey roast ham with Dijon mustard.
Created each day by the pastry chefs, the sweet selection may include cinnamon carrot cake with cream cheese icing; chocolate éclairs filled with vanilla whipped cream; lemon drizzle cake; summer berry Victoria sponge cake or mini cupcakes in a variety of flavours.
No 11 has welcomed lots of guests to their Brunswick Street townhouse. May have left glowing reviews like this recent, five star one from TripAdvisor:
‘Visited today with my Mum for afternoon tea… Staff were friendly and the selection of sandwiches and cakes were delicious. My mum had a glass of Prosecco and I had a soft drink and tea for two. All in all, a great time in lovely surroundings.’
‘A great time in lovely surroundings’ is just the thing to stop those pesky ‘sinking feelings’.
Take up today’s Big Deal and enjoy a reviving afternoon tea for two at No 11.