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Afternoon Tea at The Dome, Edinburgh

I recently visited the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh. Whilst my visit was only for three nights, my time in one of my favourite cities was well spent. You can read more about my Edinburgh adventures here.

One of the highlights of the trip for me was having afternoon tea for my mum’s birthday at The Dome. We discovered the magnificence of The Dome by accident on a rainy Friday evening spent seeking out somewhere to have cocktails. With the Grill Room being our hideout of choice it wasn’t until returning from the bathroom that I noticed a menu for afternoon tea in The Georgian Tea Room, and with that our Saturday afternoon was sorted. 

The actual dome…
Cocktail seeking

Open seven days a week, afternoon tea is served from 12pm until 5pm. Booking online for a late afternoon tea at 5pm, it is safe to say that this is probably the best afternoon tea I have ever sampled – and that is not an over exaggeration or hyperbole.

The Georgian Tea Room is located on the first floor of the The Dome on George Street in the heart of Edinburgh, just behind Prince’s Street. With elaborate crystal chandeliers, crisp linens and plush decor, afternoon tea is available from £18.50 per person with a vast array of loose leaf teas or coffee to choose from as well as champagne and prosecco options available.


My pictures were limited because I really wanted to start eating

With finger sandwich options including egg mayonnaise and mustard cress, ham and mustard or roast beef with horseradish chutney, and savoury morsels including a choux bun filled with smoked salmon cream, afternoon tea at The Dome provides everything you need for that quintessential experience. Any afternoon tea of course would not be complete without scones. I am never usually a fan of scones, but these were, to put it simply, delightful. There were fruit and plain scones available and I opted for the plain variety as I do not like dead-fly-esque raisins. Served with clotted cream and a berry jam, you can restart the diet next week. The top layer of this alluring assortment were the chef’s selection of the finest cakes you could ask for.

The fruit counts as one of your five a day

In the opulent splendour of the Georgian Suite, all of this is served on bespoke Chardonnay Pattern Dudson Fine Bone China with a splendid silver tea service to complement each bite. It really is the afternoon tea you just never want to finish. Needless to say it sets the standards extremely high for my boyfriend who was losing his afternoon tea virginity that day. 

I feel like such a high quality afternoon tea in such a grand environment would be double the price in London, which makes me love it even more. The quality of everything was outstanding and the service provided was superb. If you are ever visiting Edinburgh I cannot recommend The Georgian Tea Room at The Dome enough. For more information on it you can visit their website, but it may make you want to drop everything and book immediately, so you have been warned.

Are you a fan of afternoon tea? Do you like champagne with yours or do you keep it classic?


23 thoughts on “Afternoon Tea at The Dome, Edinburgh”

    1. Trust! When it’s good, it’s amazing. When it’s bad, 🤔 I think it’s still pretty good! I hope you enjoy your afternoon tea! 🥰 Thank you for reading 😎


  1. This afternoon tea looks so yummy and the venue is beautiful.
    I hope you had a wonderful time!

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  2. Delicious cakes and scones warm from the oven….attentive staff and a very nice young man who had a birthday the same day as me serving….go… was fab U lous🎂🍰🥂🍓

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  3. This sounds lovely! I haven’t been for afternoon tea in ages and to think I’m a short train journey away from the dome and I’ve not sampled it!! That will be a must now that I’ve read this. Afternoon tea in The Dome will happen this summer! Thank you for sharing it with us!! Xx

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  4. I’m jealous. We just don’t have anything comparable in the deep South (USA) to what you are describing. My only ‘high tea’ experience was on a cruise ship and we LOVED it. Even the 18-year-old boy who tried it all.

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    1. Here, there’s even Deep South themed afternoon teas at some bars which include bourbon instead of tea! I hope you get to experience a traditional afternoon tea soon 😁 thank you for reading ❤️


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