Back in the Eighties and Nineties, the landmark Hilton hotel on the North Bridge often played host to bands performing at the nearby Playhouse.
Rock and punk legends such as The Stranglers and Alice Cooper were among the visitors.
Unfortunately, history has not recorded whether or not Mr Cooper, AKA the Godfather of Shock Rock, ever took afternoon tea during a stay.
Make your own sweet music with today’s Big Deal on afternoon tea with an Edinburgh Gin ‘n’ tonic or glass of Champagne in the Nineteen Hundred Bar and Lounge at Hilton Edinburgh Carlton.
Valid from the start of May until end of June, this offer would also make a wonderful gift.
Gin or Champagne? (decisions, decisions)
Available from noon to 5pm, seven days a week, this offer is for two or four people to have afternoon tea with an Edinburgh Gin & tonic or glass of Champagne for each guest.
At afternoon tea, guests will be served dainty sandwiches such as salmon and cucumber; ham and sweet chilli; chicken and tomato chutney and egg mayonnaise with pumpkin seeds – all served on a mixture of brown and white bread.
The fruit and plain scones are served with clotted cream and strawberry jam while the cake selection will include a mini Victoria sponge, lemon tart, chocolate brownie and a carrot cake with a walnut topping.
Please note that hot drinks are not included in this deal (but who needs tea when you can have a cheeky G&T or Champagne?).
Multi-million pound refurbishment
Centrally located just off the Royal Mile, the hotel last year benefited from a multi-million pound make-over and it looks very stylish.
In particular, the Nineteen Hundred Bar and Lounge with its striking marble bar is a sophisticated place for an afternoon treat.
Taken from longer reviews, these TripAdvisor comments are typical:
‘Was treated to afternoon tea… Sandwiches were varied very tasty and def freshly made. The scones with cream and jam were yummy and the cake selection terrific… our waiter was very attentive helpful and friendly but not intrusive. Would highly recommend.’
‘Treated my daughter, friend and mother to afternoon tea… service was outstanding. Fast, friendly staff who really went out their way to be helpful. Food was amazing great selection… had a lovely afternoon tea. Happy atmosphere, not rushed in the slightest. Very relaxed with attentive staff… Would definitely recommend & am considering booking again.’
‘Lovely afternoon tea. Great service, beautiful surroundings and a lovely afternoon tea in a very relaxing atmosphere. Highly recommend if you are looking for a relaxing afternoon treat in central Edinburgh. Well worth a visit.’
Make a day of it
This deal would be ideal as part of a day out in Edinburgh, as Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is handy for city centre shops such as Harvey Nichols.
It’s also within easy walking distance of the castle and the National Museum of Scotland.
So make a day of it with today’s Big Deal on afternoon tea with an Edinburgh Gin & tonic or glass of Champagne from the Nineteen Hundred Bar and Lounge at Hilton Edinburgh Carlton.