My Mum was visiting last week and I decided to treat her to a lovely Afternoon Tea. Now Edinburgh is definitely not short of places for Afternoon Tea, but I settled on Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria for a bit of decadence!
As we entered we were greeted by the lovely maître ‘d and shown to our table. A pianist was playing old tunes on the piano which Mum liked and embarrassingly started to sing and dance along too! Peacock Alley is a spacious Atrium set in the centre of the hotel, its light and airy but with a nice atmosphere – they also do good cocktails!
A waiter soon appeared at our side with a vast menu of teas and coffees, being creatures of habit Mum went for the House Blend and I settled on a Darjeeling – both nice cuppas! We were also asked to check the menu in case there was anything on the Afternoon Tea which we didn’t like, they kindly swapped out our Smoked Salmon sandwiches for more egg ones!
Then arrived the main event, the stand of goodies! Starting at the bottom we had 4 sandwiches each :- Egg and Black Pepper Mayonnaise, Honey Roast Ham and Onion Chutney, Sliced Cucumber and Cream Cheese and if we hadn’t have swapped them Smoked Salmon with Lemon and Dill. All were fresh and flavoursome, just the right amount!
The Middle layer had the scones – plain and cinnamon with the usual accompaniment of cream and jam, along with a coffee and walnut Swiss roll.
Finally there was the top plate of patisserie goodness, a Pistachio Macaron, Chocolate and Forest Berry Tart, Carrot Cake with a Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting, a Raspberry and Milk chocolate delice, Yogurt mousse with a Rhubarb Crumble topping, Traditional Fruit Tea Cake and a Pecan Nut Cookie – a cake fuelled feast for sure!
We made a valiant attempt to eat it all, but sadly we were defeated – but kindly we were given a little box to take what we couldn’t eat home, which we did and enjoyed about 2 hours later with a cup of tea!
We both really loved the Afternoon Tea at Peacock Alley and would thoroughly recommend it – I can’t wait to go again!