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. Closed during the Queen's residence in Holyrood Week
  • Seasonal times Mon–Sun 9.30am–4.30pm (winter).
  • Food served Mon–Sun 9.30am–6pm (summer).
  • Average price £10.95 for Soup & Sandwich, Tea & Shortbread or £16.95 for starter and main courses (set lunch)
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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If you want to experience a bit of the Royal Family brand in Scotland, you could do far worse than Holyrood’s Café at the Palace: a bright, glass orangery, with views to Salisbury Crags, in the mews courtyard where Her Majesty parks her Bentleys on her annual week-long summer visit to Edinburgh. Everything is proper and tasteful: the crockery is delicate, the service kind, the dainties tasty. The menu heralds the Queen’s Scottish subjects who produce food and drink, and parades her dominion’s classics like haggis, neeps and tatties and Perthshire jacket potatoes, as well as luxurious Royal tarts and Holyrood cakes crested by chocolate crowns, and daily specials from cock-a-leekie chicken to lamb rogan josh. But the main attraction is afternoon tea at the palace: loose-leaf tea brewed to perfection in warmed teapots, with elegant tiers of smoked salmon and Aberdeen Angus canapés, triangular de-crusted sandwiches, masterful Ecclefechan tart, eclairs and Victoria sponge, and cheese scones with vanilla cream and rich jam.

  • High point: The Ecclefechan tart is the work of a master craftsman
  • Low point: Doubt the Queen likes her scones small and crunchy
  • Notable dish: 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: 120 (30 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle