6 top spots for food and drink in Edinburgh

As both the capital city of Scotland and home to the Queen's official Scottish residence, Edinburgh is steeped in rich culture and history. Nowadays, it's also home to a range of high quality restaurants, offering everything from afternoon tea to traditional Sunday roasts.

1. The Balmoral



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Take afternoon tea at The Balmoral, and enjoy a unique atmosphere in Palm Court with Venetian chandeliers and a glass-domed ceiling, topped off by the subtle accompaniment of a live harpist. Spreads include freshly baked scones and trolleys full of sumptuous cakes.

The Balmoral

2. Palace of Holyroodhouse



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Take afternoon tea like royalty at the Queen’s official Scottish residence – 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.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

3. Royal Yacht Britannia



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No doubt Her Majesty would have enjoyed many cups of tea while sailing all over the world in this spectacular yacht. Enjoy your own cup in style at the Royal Deck Tea Room aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, permanently moored at Edinburgh’s waterside.

Royal Yacht Britannia

4. The Scran & Scallie



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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.

The Scran & Scallie

5. Kitchin



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


6. Carberry Tower



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How about a Scottish castle for tea? Carberry Tower (7 miles outside Edinburgh) serves amuse bouches, crustless sandwiches and macaroons in a cosy, log-fire lounge overlooking lush parkland.

Carberry Tower
09 Apr 2019(last updated)