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Take afternoon tea at The Balmoral – in a Palm Court with Venetian chandeliers and a glass-domed ceiling with the accompaniment of a live harpist. Spreads include just-baked scones and trolleys full of cakes.

You can take afternoon tea at the Queen’s official Scottish residence in Edinburgh – at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Drink and dine in regal style on a tower of home-made cakes, pastries and sandwiches, with loose-leaf tea and the option to add Champagne.

Many cups of tea would no doubt have been enjoyed by Her Majesty while sailing all over the world, and you can enjoy your own cup in style at the Royal Deck Tea Room aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, moored at Edinburgh’s waterside.

One of Edinburgh’s leading gastropubs, The Scran & Scallie is the more relaxed offering from the Michelin-starred chefs behind 2 of the city’s top restaurants. The menu is a tryst of modern dishes and much-loved traditional mains.

In a striking, converted whisky bonded warehouse in Leith, Edinburgh’s old dock area, you can find Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin. Kitchin has a highly seasonal ‘nature to plate’ philosophy and works closely with carefully selected local suppliers.

How about a Scottish castle for tea? Carberry Tower (7 miles (11km) from Edinburgh) serves amuse bouches, crustless sandwiches and macaroons in a cosy, log-fire lounge whose windows face glorious parkland.

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