Afternoon tea at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Afternoon tea is such a lovely thing to do. I love the entirely civilised nature of eating crustless sandwiches and devouring one-too-many cakes over endless pots of tea and glasses of fizz.

Last Saturday, I was invited to sample afternoon tea at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. Never one to turn down the chance to spend the afternoon in this most British of ways, my friend and I indulged in a truly impressive afternoon tea.

Served in the Snug of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s café, we were very impressed not just by the selection presented to us, but by the quality of the food we ate. The sandwich platter included sandwiches filled with parma ham, which is a far cry from the run of the mill ham option. There was also mini goat’s cheese and caramelised onion tarts and espresso cups filled with broccoli and Stilton soup. It was a great start to the afternoon.

We then moved onto the cake tower, and wow what a cake tower it was. There was so much on offer, from lemon possets and pink macarons to millionaire’s shortbread, empire biscuits, brownies and freshly baked scones, served with cream and a homemade winter fruit compote.

I would thoroughly recommend afternoon tea at the portrait gallery. The Snug is quiet and cosy, the staff are friendly and attentive and the food was utterly delicious. I can’t wait to go back!

Disclosure: I was invited to review afternoon tea at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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  • Lisa

    Those cakes! I’m hungry looking at my screen now :-)

    • chiara

      Thanks Lisa! They were really good x

  • https://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni W.

    I literally said “Ooooo” when I saw your first picture, which promptly became “Oh my god” when I saw every picture that followed. This afternoon tea looks amazing!!!

    • chiara

      It was amazing, Gianni. If you do ever come up to Edinburgh, you should definitely go there for afternoon tea x

  • http://the.pyreflies.org Jessica

    Everything looks so yummy! The pink macarons are my favorite for sure! :D

    • chiara

      They were so good, Jessica. I love macarons too, they are so delicious!x

  • http://summerviolets.blogspot.co.uk/ Laura

    ooh, this looks good! i wish i had had the chance to go to the national portrait gallery, but it was closed when i was in the area, haha! i seriously need to revisit edinburgh:-) x

    • chiara

      I would always advocate a visit to Edinburgh, Laura :-)

  • http://www.mellowyellowblog.com Melanie

    Looking so yummy!!


    • chiara

      Thanks Melanie, it tasted just as good x

  • http://www.katgotthecream.com/ Kathryn (@KatGotTheCream)

    Oh this looks delicious. Some afternoon teas look the part but don’t deliver on taste but I bet this one tastes as good as it looks! x

    • chiara

      It did indeed Kathryn, it was delicious!x

  • http://mirandasnotebook.com/ Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    That looks a fantastic afternoon tea! I love all the pretty colours. I agree, afternoon tea is always a good idea!

    • chiara

      Always a good idea, Miranda, always :-)

  • http://www.birchjuiceblog.com Kasi

    I’d love to have tea there, because all of the treats looks so tasty!

    • chiara

      They were super tasty, Kasi! If you ever get the chance you should definitely go for afternoon tea there x

  • http://meandmr.com melanie

    Yum! That all looks great!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • chiara

      Thanks Melanie!x

  • http://www.laurajaneatelier.com Laura Mitbrodt

    yummy this looks amazing

    • chiara

      It was amazing Laura. I hope I get the chance to go back soon x

  • http://www.incaseofneedblog.com In Case Of Need

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!
    This looks sooo delicous!!


    • chiara

      It was delicious, thanks!x

  • http://www.wanderlyn.com Lynsey @ Eternally Wanderlyn

    I love afternoon tea! I would be all over that cake tower. :)

    • chiara

      The cake tower was something special, Lynsey!x

  • http://www.erikafromamerica.com Erika

    I’ve never been a fancy person, but I love a good high tea! This looks fantastic!!! What a cool experience! :)