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Review: Balmoral Afternoon Tea Edinburgh
The Balmoral hotel flanks one end of the Princes Street Gardens, just below the Edinburgh Castle, and is the epitome of 5 star regality. We didn’t stay at the Balmoral, but the hotel just makes you feel like you’ve arrived and that you are truly their guest. If I’m ever back in Edinburgh I’d love to stay here, even for a night, just to experience it fully. If the tea is any indication…it’s pimp. I MEAN look at our server pouring that tea! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! After a dreadfully disappointing high tea at The Caledonian we didn’t really have high expectations going into Balmoral Afternoon Tea, but OH MY GOODNESS, was it incredible! Review: Balmoral Afternoon Tea Edinburgh:
What is Afternoon Tea/High Tea?
I mean…Look at this bad boy: The Balmoral
The Balmoral Afternoon Tea review is part of the NFL in London, Scotland, and Dublin Trip Report:
- British Airways Club World A380 LAX- LHR
- London Edition – A Ritz Carlton Hotel is SOHO SEXY
- Marriott Park Lane, London
- Intercontinental Park Lane, London
- Virgin Train First Class Lounge King’s Cross
- Virgin Train First Class King’s Cross London to Edinburgh
- Caledonian Edinburgh, A Waldorf Astoria Property
- Caledonian Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alley
- Balmoral Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court
- No. 1 Lounge at Edinburgh Airport
- Aspire Lounge at Edinburgh Airport
- Intercontinental Dublin
- Lufthansa First Class Ground Services Frankfurt
- Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Terminal 1
- Lufthansa First Class 747-8 FRA-LAX
The Balmoral Afternoon Tea is served in Palm Court
Go straight through the lobby and at the back you’ll find Palm Court. You’ll laugh, you’ll sip fine teas, and you’ll do it all seated in the round, under a gorgeous vaulted ceiling
The Palm Court
It’s a circular room, not large, but feels luxurious, and the staff are extremely well trained. This is the type of service I’d expect if dining at a Michelin starred restaurant.
We ended up in a corner booth with a great view of the room. I’d highly recommend requesting a corner table vs the center purely because of the view.
The Balmoral Afternoon Tea menu and Deets
- Served from Noon to 5pm
- £35 per person – alcohol is separate
The Balmoral Afternoon Tea is one of the best I’ve ever had. This isn’t hyperbole, it’s really that good. From the moment you are greeted you just know you’re in for a treat. You can see from the Featured Image of the post, also seen below, it’s just an incredible experience. I always choose the tea associated with the establishment I’m trying out, and The Balmoral KILLED it with their Royal Scottish Balmoral blend. In fact, it’s so good that they have to pour it from feet above the pots because anything less baller wouldn’t do it justice.
The Tea starts out with an Amuse Bouche – this is very rare and it was outstanding. A tomato based consommé.
We had requested vegetarian options
Unlike the Caledonian, The Balmoral was incredibly inventive with their vegetarian options. You can see a felafel, cream cheese filled puff pastry, egg salad, cheese and chutney, etc. The sandwiches were outstanding. I also really appreciated the serving order. A lot of Afternoon Teas will serve sweets, scones, and sandwiches at the same time, which is fine, but this was more akin to a multi course meal. So smart.
The Service was impeccable. I find the biggest differences between 5 star and 4 star is anticipation and execution. The Balmoral staff could anticipate what you MAY need before you even knew you needed it. They also executed their job with discretion, blending into the environment rather than making you aware of their constant presence. That is a very fine line and they walked it to perfection.
The Scones – some of the best I’ve ever had
I also loved how they had Palm Court butter coverings.
I love the experience of Afternoon Tea, more so than probably the tea, and certainly more than the desserts. I often find the desserts to be overwhelmingly sweet. The Balmoral doesn’t hit you over the head with their desserts. They were perfect. This is the first afternoon tea I’ve ever had where I actually finished everything. These were by far the best desserts I’ve ever had at High Tea.
And then to top it off
We each got a mini ice cream cone, piece of chocolate, and collectible Balmoral tin filled with Royal Scottish Balmoral blend tea. CAHMON! This is RIDICS! I was in love with this experience and it was amazing to share it with my parents. It’s been almost a month since we enjoyed this tea and we’ve brought it up so many times. My parents are crazy for Afternoon Tea, and I think they did half dozen on this trip and the Balmoral couldn’t even be mentioned with the others…it was just in a league of its own.
I would highly highly highly recommend going here for Afternoon Tea if you’re in Edinburgh