The Principal Edinburgh is set to reinvent traditional afternoon tea by launching the city’s first Twilight Tea, offering locals and visitors the chance to indulge in a twist on afternoon tea, served in The Garden from midday until late into the night.

From this Friday (9th February), guests can sample a collection of sweet and savoury treats, served alongside tea or coffee, with prices from £22.50 per person.

As well as extending the hours of traditional tea, The Garden has introduced further twists, such as savoury and sweet tapas dishes served noon until night. The menu includes Smoked haddock and leek fishcakes, Smoked salmon, cream cheese and caviar, and Dukkah sausage rolls. Those with a sweet tooth will also be able to enjoy a collection of fancies including Chocolate and tahini brownies, crystalised ginger loaf, and pistachio and pumpkin seed granola bars.

For those in the mood for something a little stronger, the Twilight Tea menu will also include a choice of hot toddies, Scottish slings, and Champagne by the glass.

The Principal team confirmed there will also be a vegan and vegetarian version of the Twilight Tea, offering something for everyone with meat- and dairy-free dishes, including Eggs florentine, Veggie haggis fritters, Hummus served with crudité and onion crumb, Ginger loaf, and Lemon and blueberry drizzle.

The Twilight Tea will be served seven days a week between midday and 10pm in The Garden, at the hub of The Principal Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh. In the evening, the space is described as taking on “a whimsical feel”, thanks to the twinkling lighting and unique interiors.

Johan Scheepers, general manager, said: “At Principal, we recognise that afternoon tea has long been a quintessentially British tradition, but our modern lifestyles mean that our working days and weekends have changed. We wanted to offer visitors, hotel guests and our neighbours the chance to enjoy afternoon tea both day and night. Whether you’re looking for a light bite after a long day in the office, or just want to relax and catch up with friends, our Twilight Tea is the perfect choice.”

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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