You might have seen our recent post about our overnight stay at The Caledonian, if not check it out here. This time we’re going to tell you all about the delightful afternoon tea Mrs E had the chance to check out. The Caledonian launched their new afternoon tea with Perrier-Jouët back in November but with the Christmas sneaking up on us we’re only just getting around to telling you about it now. I’ve previously been to The Caledonian before for afternoon with my sister and on a Saturday afternoon it was a calm, relaxing hideaway from the busy Edinburgh streets.
Situated in Peacock Alley you find yourself looking around and up at the beautiful interior. Peacock Alley was once the station concourse and ticket office and around the room you can find the old station clock and other beautiful items. As Mr E was working, I was treated to afternoon tea with Emma from Foodie Explorers and who I’ve borrowed a picture from as mine ended up blurry, think I was keen to get tucked into the cakes and bubbles.
Picture Courtesy of Foodie Explorers – Thank you!
As we settled down and caught up on the latest news, we were asked to select our tea. We looked over the menu and couldn’t wait to see it arrive. We didn’t have long to wait and before we knew it were tucking into lovely freshly made sandwiches on fresh bread. The fillings on offer were egg and cress, smoked salmon and dill crème fraiche, honey roast ham and mustard mayonnaise and Connage Highland crowdie and cucumber. My favourite was the roast ham and mustard. Along with our sandwiches we were also treated to a number of little savoury treats such as crab mayonnaise, avocado and lime, brioche bun and a pancetta and hazelnut tart. The brioche was delicious, well seasoned and very tasty. I could easily have eaten another 2 or 3 of these little beauties.
When we finished our sandwiches and savouries two more plates arrived with our freshly Baked Scones Selection of plain and sultana Served with homemade preserve & clotted cream. On the top layer there were white chocolate and raspberry macaroon, Edinburgh fog and caramel apple mousse & macadamia Breton. And if that wasn’t enough there was another layer with a red velvet cupcake, orange and Pimm’s curd meringue tart and a Popcorn and vanilla choux bun.
Each layer of cakes and savouries was delicious. It is hard to single out any single item but if I had to it would be the Edinburgh Fog, a lovely raspberry mousse like cake. It is for sharing which initially I think both Emma and I thought it would be a war as to who would be getting it but our lovely server halved it to save any disagreements.
Priced at £35 per person for afternoon tea and £45 per person for champagne afternoon tea it is definitely worth the money. Not only do you get beautiful cakes, finger sandwiches and tea you also are eating it all in beautiful surroundings with excellent service. We just need to find another reason to visit!
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian | Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 2AB | T: 0131 2228888|