Friday 14 February 2014

Afternoon Tea At Caldonian Hotel, Edinburgh

Sorry once again for my late blog posts! I should have blogged about this afternoon tea a couple of months ago oops! December last year, I made a little trip up to Scotland to attend my lovely aunts surprise 50th birthday celebration, so this was a lovely chance to try a afternoon tea in Edinburgh town centre. My cousin have already tried the Caldonian Hotel and she did say it was lovely and that she really didn't mind paying another visit with me.

Afternoon tea is served at stylish Peacock Alley at the heart of the hotel.

The hotel have also be awarded The Tea guild Special Award of Excellence 2013!

Starting off with my favourite, scones! Freshly baked fruit and plain scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Still warm when they arrived, lovely and soft.

Finger sandwiches includes, honey roasted ham with onion chutney, egg and black pepper mayonnaise, cucumber with sea salt cream cheese and Scottish smoked salmon with lemon dill. Loved all the fillings especially the roasted ham with chutney, perfect size too.

Moving onto the cakes and desserts. Such a lovely selection which includes, a Orange Lavender cake, Creamed Raspberry Financier, both cakes were soft, light and moist,. A Hazelnut & Mocha macaroon which actually tasted like a rich brownie to me but still very yummy. A Strawberry tart with a lovely creme patissiere filling. The one I was most intrigued by was the Earl Grey Shortbread Trifle, my cousin tried  one spoonful and she was not impressed, she couldn't wait for me to try it and see what I thought of it! But surprisingly, I really enjoyed it! The Earl Grey jelly wasn't too strong and having each spoon with the layers of custard and cream I thought it was quite unusual.

A perfectly made Choux Pastry Swan. Pastry was crisp, will definitely have to attempt making theses one day.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon tea. The hotel itself is absolutely stunning and sophisticated, atmosphere was warm and welcoming and the food was beautiful. I do recommend this place if your taking a trip to Edinburgh.
The Caledonian Hotel is definitely one of the finest hotels in Scotland.