Café at the Palace

Café at the Palace
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
  • Telephone 0131 652 3685
  • Opening times Daily: 9.30am–4.30pm.
  • Seasonal times Mon–Sun 9.30am–4.30pm (winter).
  • Food served Mon–Sun 9.30am–6.30pm.
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Café at the Palace

Impeccably tasteful afternoon teas and lunches, royally stamped by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s marketing department.

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Amid the Palace of Holyroodhouse’s streams of tourists, a restful sense of calm awaits in the back room of the Café at the Palace. Muted soft green walls, light wood and gentle blue and white crockery set the scene for an excellent afternoon tea. The choosing of the tea is a royal ceremony in itself. Six loose leaf varieties are brought to the table to be sniffed and examined, the exotic green tea with pineapple and organic rooibos a match for more traditional English breakfast or Earl Grey. A classic three-tiered stand has the time-honoured selection of oven-fresh scones with generous jars of whipped cream and homemade summer fruits jam, plus sandwiches, mini broccoli quiche and smoked salmon on soft oatcakes, not to mention a plateful of sweet and sticky cakes; Ecclefechan tart is especially treacly. Add a glass of champagne and a special occasion is complete.

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Carol Main visited Café at the Palace on 24 March 2018
  • High point: Also serves a good selection of lunches
  • Low point: A challenge to eat all of the cakes
  • Notable dish: Ecclefechan tart
  • Average price: £18.95 for afternoon tea (set lunch)

A magnificent presence at the end of the Royal mile The Palace of Holyroodhouse plays host to the café, where afternoon tea is served daily between 12.00 and 16.00. Enjoy a delicious selection of home-made cakes, pastries and sandwiches all made with the finest of Scottish ingredients. A choice of Tea Palace loose leaf tea served in specially commissioned chinaware makes a perfect accompaniment to such a mouth-watering selection. For a touch of luxury to match the surroundings add a glass of Pannier Brut champagne.

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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: usually jazz/classical; wasn't any at all on day of visit
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
  • House wine: £18.95 per bottle