10 of the best Scottish afternoon teas to enjoy this week

Raise a cup (and a scone) to this year's afternoon tea week

Published 16th Aug 2017
Updated 12 th Sep 2023

It's afternoon tea week, so it'd be rude not to book into a swanky hotel and enjoy finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and a variety of cakes.

Here's our pick of the sweetest offers available to celebrate this glorious time...


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Probably one of the best know Scottish hotels, Gleneagles is an ideal location for a decadent afternoon tea.

Theirs is served in the Glendevon Room, a peaceful oasis where diners can indulge in the great British tradition while enjoying views over the gardens and toward the Ochil hills.

The menu features a selection of  sweet and savoury items that can be enjoyed alongside a selection of teas by Newby of London.

Guests feeling in a decadent mood can upgrade to include a glass of Rose Champagne, and anyone with dietary requirements don't despair, as vegetarian and gluten free menus are available.

Blythswood Square Hotel

(11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4AD)


Picture: Blythswood Square Hotel Facebook

The 5 star Blythswood Square, is a Georgian terrace commanding one side of Blythswood Square in the centre of Glasgow.

The Afternoon Tea menu consists of a variety of sandwiches and savouries accompanied with the likes of a salted caramel chocolate tart and a beautiful lemon meringue cone.

Served in the immaculately designed Salon overlooking the square, Champagne can also be served along with the tea.

For those looking for a bargain, the Midweek Tea for Two consists of the usual afternoon tea offering for £35 instead of £29 per person, from Mon-Fri, 12pm-5pm.

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Waldorf Astoria The Caledonia

(Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 2AB)


Enjoying a superb location in the heart of Edinburgh, The Caledonian is situated at the west end of Princes Street with stunning views up to the imposing castle that dominates the city.

The hotel recently underwent a £24 million refurbishment to become Scotland’s only Waldorf Astoria.

Once the Caledonian, or Caley as it is fondly known by locals, is now the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh but has been at the heart of Scottish hospitality for over 100 years.

The former Victorian railway hotel has, as with all Waldorf's, its own take on the iconic Peacock Alley, which is where afternoon tea is served.

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With a red-brick façade lining one wall and traditional detailing above the windows, Peacock Alley is also home to the historic Caledonian station clock – another homage to the hotels’ past and in keeping with the Waldorf’s traditional of a signature clock in each hotel.

To celebrate afternoon tea week, the hotel has a special deal - afternoon tea and prosecco for £30 per person, available throughout August.

Red Bus Bistro

(Princes St, Edinburgh EH2)


Picture: Red Bus Bistro Facebook

See the sights of Edinburgh whilst enjoying afternoon tea on a Red Bus Bistro tour.

Indulge in a selection of pastries, cakes and warm home baked scones with traditional james and fresh locally produced clotted cream.

The tour, which lasts from 70-90 minutes, explores all the main attractions in Edinburgh, including the historic Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyrood House and the Old Town.

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There's also gin tours, and tours of Glasgow available. And, if you're quick, you can still treat yourself to a special price with this 5pm.co.uk deal

Malmaison Hotels


Spend a stylish afternoon in one of the Malmaison hotels and tuck into their afternoon tea offering.

From traditional to cream tea or if you're feeling like a drink or a two, Champagne, gin or cocktails, there's something for all occasions and budget.

If you are looking for a deal then the Glasgow Malmaison currently has a special price for its Hendricks afternoon tea for two.

Dunstane Houses

(4 West Coates, Edinburgh EH12 5JQ)


Set at the gateway to the Old Town of Edinburgh, The Dunstane Houses, split into two historic buildings, form two halves of a boutique hotel.

Offering an oasis of calm, away from the busy rush of the capital, this is a relaxing retreat which blends the history of the buildings with stylish and contemporary Scottish décor.

With a fantastic new refurbishment in their gorgeous rooms and their brilliant Ba’Bar, a traditional afternoon tea here is the perfect way to treat yourself during a day of shopping or exploring the sights of the capital.

For this month, the hotel has a two for one offer on their afternoon teas, so get booking now!

Hotel du Vin


Picture: Hotel du Vin Twitter

Enjoy an afternoon tea with a twist (yes that's candy floss) at one of the Hotel du Vin's Scottish locations that include Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews.

Treat yourself and a friend to a special offer in St Andrews with an afternoon tea and prosecco each for £45.

With a fantastic location overlooking the beautiful St Andrews bay, Hotel du Vin boasts 40 beautiful bedrooms, a lovely bistro with sea views and fantastic lounge areas making it a perfect location for a day trip or weekend stay.

Fairfield House

(12 Fairfield Rd, Ayr KA7 2AS)


Gin lovers will enjoy this Hendricks afternoon tea in the lovely surroundings of the 4* Fairfield House Hotel.

Serving the traditional fare with a gin twist, plus a Henricks G&T served in a cute teacup, the afternoon offering is available for £14,95 per person.

Or, if you're quick, check out this bargain buy from itison. Cheers!

Doubletree by Hilton

(Kingsway West, Dundee, DD2 5JT)


Picture: Doubletree by Hilton Dundee

Set among six acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, this modern hotel enjoys a quiet suburban location, a short drive from Dundee city centre.

Take afternoon tea in the quiet lounge or Italian Gardens if the weather is good.

The tea is a traditional affair and includes a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, cakes and pastries and a pot of tea each, all from £10 per person.

Carmelite Bar & Grill

(Stirling Street, Merchant Quarter, AB11 6JU)


Picture: the Mad Hatters Tea Party, itison

Go down the rabbit hole with a group of friends thanks to this special Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea party.

Located in the Chair Library, which has floor to ceiling windows, lavish décor, funky seating and atmospheric lighting.

Available to book at a special price from itison, the tea party includes fizz, cocktails, afternoon tea, Alice in Wonderland themed decorations

, use of the AV system screen to watch films during your party and set your own theme tune with an iPod dock


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