Thursday, 26 February 2015

Sunday Afternoon Tea at The Scotsman

I love when Sunday comes round and I have lots of nice things planned with my family. This Sunday I had a particularly lovely day planned. It started with pancakes in bed (made by me and Paige) followed by Paige's first ever trip to the cinema, to see the Peppa Pig movie. She loved it although, between you and I, I think I loved it more!! We then ate like little piggies in Pizza Hut for an early lunch. And this makes me a very big piggy as I promptly went from Pizza Hut to The Scotsman Hotel (no difference eh?!) for afternoon tea with my mum. 





Being completely inappropriately dressed for the horrible wet and windy day it was,  I arrived early so went to the North Street Brasserie for a coffee to wait on mum and warm up. I love it in there. It's cosy and comfy and you can just pop in for a nice coffee in lovely surroundings. The building is beautiful.



So, enough about my Sunday, you really just want to know what the afternoon tea was like right?! We were shown through to a beautiful warm room and were given the choice of tables and our tea menu. I went for the jasmine green tea and a cheeky glass of prosecco seeing as I had a driver (aka mum!) 


It soon got very busy. We were firsty given the savouries which consisted of a brioche roll with truffled egg mayonnaise, Cajun chicken, tomato salsa and sour cream wrap, smoked salmon and cream cheese on rye bread and Parma ham and pesto palmier. There was also a cheddar and herb scone with beetroot butter. 



I have to admit, personally I prefer to have all the savoury and sweet food displayed together as I like to dip between the two and take a rest! I also like the wow factor of being presented with a tower of food that I know I have all afternoon to nibble my way through. But maybe that's just me. All the food was lovely, especially the truffled egg brioche rolls which was quite decedent. I found the savoury scone too heavy so I just had a taste.  

After quite a long wait, we received our sweet treats (as I said, it was busy). This consisted of a fruit scone with clotted cream and a selection of jams, and a selection of cakes which included an amazing brownie, macaroon, lemon meringue tart, a chocolate truffle lollipop and a cheescakey type thing! 


The scones were huge, which for a cream tea would have been great, but I found them too big for an afternoon tea. Again, I just had room for a taste by the time I'd devoured all the other delicious treats. But I always love a massive dollop of clotted cream...heaven! 


If you're looking for a reasonably priced afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings then this hits the spot perfectly. The staff were friendly and did a great job considering how stretched they were. 

Afternoon Tea at The Scotsman is £19.95 (Prosecco costs extra). 

Thank you to The Scotsman for inviting me to try out your lovely afternoon tea! 




Sunday, 1 February 2015

Tempting Tempus

Just a quick post. Hubby and I had a long overdue date night at Tempus in the George Hotel a few weeks back and had a lovely meal. I love the surroundings of The George. For me it has a classic old Edinburgh elegance and I always enjoy going there for either evening drinks or coffee during the day. On this occasion though we were there for dinner.

I had the pate and brioche to start which was a meal in itself. Very generous portion sizes but maybe a bit too big for me!


For main I chose the filet steak which came with a huge stack of chips and crispy onion rings. I opted for my usual (and predictable some might say!) peppercorn sauce which was creamy and firey just how I like it, and my steak was lovely and tender.


As if I hadn't already had enough to eat I left room for a trio of ice cream and shortbread. 


The food was really nice, and the service was excellent so Tempus is therefore somewhere I would recommend for a nice meal out.