The Balmoral (which means “majestic dwelling” in Gaelic) is for me THE hotel in Edinburgh. Located in the city centre, its majestic turret clock defines the city’s skyline. The five star Rocco Forte hotel is situated on No.1 Princes Street, where the New Town begins and the Old Town stops. It is therefore nearly inevitable to halt for a tea time during a shopping spree or sightseeing.
The award-winning afternoon tea is served in the “Palm court”. It is beautifully decorated with black and white wallpaper, cosy arm-chairs and sofas (which make it easy for you to stay there several hours) and, my favourite piece in the room, a white vitreous chandelier.
The peaceful atmosphere of the room is underlined by a harpist playing classical music on the balcony of the Palm court. Whilst we were there the musician played several times “Happy birthday”, which I found was a very nice touch for the revellers celebrating with an afternoon tea.
Accompanied by our loose leaf teas, we enjoyed the wide range of delicacies the afternoon tea had to offer: sandwiches and savouries, homemade scones with clotted cream, a selection of pastries and treats from the trolley.
My tip: don’t eat lunch or don’t plan dinner on that day. The servings are very generous and it would be a shame to waste them. If you still don’t manage to finish, the waiters kindly offer you a “doggy bag”.
As you can see above, I had to use a picture taken by The Balmoral. I was so busy enjoying the afternoon tea that I completely forgot to take one myself!
The afternoon tea costs £35 per person and is worth every penny.