Café at the Palace

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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

Elegantly served lunches and afternoon tea, royally stamped by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's marketing department.

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Set in the courtyard of the stately Holyrood Palace at the end of the Royal Mile, this café offers an array of lunchtime and hot drinks, but it’s their afternoon tea that is the real draw. As well as unlimited tea (and optional champagne), the experience includes a three-tier stand with finger sandwiches, cakes, and scones. Cucumber sandwiches are notably absent, but the egg mayonnaise, roast beef, and cheese and chutney are perfectly serviceable, if a little lacking in freshness. The sweet options fare better: the chocolate éclair is delightfully moreish while scones come with their own clotted cream and jam. Overall, this is an event for those interested in the details of the experience rather than simply the food: the tableware is delicate and charming, and a selection of loose-leaf teas are brought to your table for perusal at the beginning of the meal, which is a lovely touch.

The List's rating






Anahit Behrooz visited Café at the Palace on 26 January 2019
  • High point: The tea selection
  • Low point: The quality of the baking
  • Notable dish: Afternoon tea
  • Average price: £19 (afternoon tea)

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 high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Capacity: 100 (120 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
  • House wine: £17 per bottle