Signet Library cakes on silver tray

Afternoon Tea at The Signet Library

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Sun 29 Jul 2018

For my birthday present this year, my husband got me a voucher for afternoon tea at The Signet Library. I have wanted to go there for ages, as I have heard such great things about it. And finally, last Friday, we went.

Interior of The Signet Library in Edinburgh

The Signet Library is in a beautiful classical building on the Royal Mile, which was built for the WS Society (a prestigious body of lawyers) in 1822. The library is now Colonnades, a fine dining restaurant, serving lunches and afternoon teas.

It’s all very grand, with ornate balconies, tall pillars and wall-to-wall books. It has a lovely, calm atmosphere and very polite staff. They sat us in a little alcove between bookcases.

savoury and sweet trays afternoon tea

First they brought us our choice of teas, and then the first course, which was an amuse bouche of onion and apple cider soup. Next came the savoury tray filled with lots of mini treats – ham, pea and truffle pie, sweetcorn and chorizo quiche, summer vegetable wellington, salmon and beetroot meringue, mozzarella panna cotta, kofta with harissa grains and tzatziki, thai green chicken sandwiches and smoked applewood cheese and chutney sandwiches. Then the sweets tray containing – warm scones with cream and jam, lime posset, mango macaron, bramble mousse, strawberry tart, apricot and pistachio pin wheels and macha tea battenburg. Finally, there was a raspberry sorbet to cleanse the pallet.

We couldn’t believe how many different things there were to try. We loved almost everything. Every item was perfectly formed and full of flavour. So it was by far the best afternoon tea we’ve ever had.

Afternoon tea at The Signet Library is an absolute treat! It certainly deserves its title of “Edinburgh’s finest afternoon tea”. You can check out the current menu and book online on the Signet Library website.

The Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF