Luxury Edinburgh restaurant teams up with Pickerings for festive afternoon tea

Fingal, Leith's lighthouse liner turned hotel, bar and restaurant, is offering gin fans a treat this festive season.

Published 29th Nov 2019
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Commissioned by the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) in 1963 and built in Glasgow, Fingal was stationed in Oban for 30 years and six years in Stromness, transporting lighthouse keepers, bringing supplies and undertaking repairs.

After a dramatic transformation, Fingal opened to the public in January 2019 as a floating hotel, bar and restaurant - which can be visited by those not staying on board.

This Christmas, the team at the Lighthouse bar are serving up a festive afternoon tea which has seasonal and Scottish items alongside the traditional finger sandwiches and cakes.

Menu items include: Haggis ball, tarragon mayonnaise, Welsh rarebit tart, balsamic red onions, Truffled white bean velouté and festive cakes such as Mulled fruit and plain buttermilk scones, Gingerbread chocolate delice and Eggnog macaron.

Anyone that treats themselves to a mid-week festive afternoon tea can take home a Pickering's gin bauble.

These gin-filled Christmas decorations have been sell-out hit since they launched in 2016, with this year's range filled with flavoured gins including a Brussels sprout creation.

The Fingal festive afternoon tea, priced at £40 per person, is served from 12-4pm daily from 2-23 December and the gin bauble gift will be available while stocks last.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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