This restaurant has ceased trading.

17 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JH
  • Telephone 0131 667 8466
  • Seasonal times Festival: extended hours and days
  • Food served Fri–Sun 11am–7pm. Closed Mon–Thu.
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A treasure of a spot for tea lovers; part tea house, part antique shop, serving and selling 80 fine teas in charming surroundings.

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A treasure of a spot for tea lovers – with a time-travelling feel and amazing attention to detail. Don’t expect to log on to the wifi here, or find them on Facebook for that matter; their dedication to creating an old-timey haven is as refreshing as the teas they offer. There are 80 to choose from, including organic manuka mint, chilli chai, raw pu erh, Turkish apple and Scottish breakfast, and the staff (dressed in prim waistcoats and pinafores) are very knowledgeable and helpful if you need a hand choosing one. A fruit scone or slice of Japanese matcha tea cake is recommended as an accompaniment – it arrives on a chintzy cake stand, and looks beautiful next to the glass tea pots and silverware dotted over white linen tablecloths. It’s an antique shop as well as a teahouse, so the curios decorating the room are available to purchase, as are their delicious rose petal and violet jams, and a selection of chocolate quails eggs and dainty truffles. Bits of specialist tea making kit can be bought too; if you're urgently in need of a new matcha whisk or tea sock, they’ve got you covered. A special spot for a memorable cup of char.

  • High point: A step back in time, with very fine teas and jams
  • Low point: No toilets, and limited opening hours
  • Notable dish: Fruit scone with clotted cream and rose petal jam
  • Private dining: Up to 8 covers
  • Provides: Wheelchair access
  • Capacity: 14
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: 2008

Reviews & features

Time for tea, at last - the best tea rooms

23 Jul 2009

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