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–6pm (summer).
  • Average price £12.50 (lunch)
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Café at the Palace

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

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On a sunny morning, the small café lawn at Holyrood Palace provides a serene spot for coffee with views across to the crags. In warmer months, a courtyard within the scenic grounds of Her Majesty’s residence also offers ample room for al fresco eating. Hungry tourists are well-catered for with a nod to Scottish produce and a lineup of sandwiches in the fridge. Mains are sturdy dependable choices such as lasagne or a vegetarian crêpe. An afternoon tea will no doubt please international visitors in all its traditional tiered finery. Pastries are baked in-house and professionally turned out. Though the more seasoned afternoon tea connoisseur may find the general spread lacking a little in terms of creativity and contemporary refinement, elements such as a sticky sweet Ecclefechan tart are a notable treat and staff endeavour to add a sense of occasion.

  • High point: Sunny dining in the orangerie
  • Low point: The trip across the courtyard to the toilets
  • Notable dish: Afternoon Tea £35

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: Jazz and lounge music
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle