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The Tea Room

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Midwest City, Oklahoma
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

After two hours touring the castle grounds, we could not pass up the opportunity for tea on the castle grounds. After a wait of about 20 minutes, during which we perused the menu and the baked goods table (no prices), we were seated in the front room near the bar, though there is a covered courtyard as well. We ordered... More 

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Thank WISHerAnne
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

A family visit group of 8. After viewing castle. We were in need of refreshment. Saw the The tea rooms and waited a few minutes and we're seated. Noticed as I walked in a selection on cakes .which looked nice. Once seated we looked on menu and could find teas and drinks but no cakes listed ,only for cream teas.... More 

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Thank Rachel E
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Against all odds, having followed my parents and my boyfriend inside the tea room to cut our long visit of the Caslte, I am finally happy. Sitting in a pretty interior patio, not listening to the exterior noise, sharing afternoon tea with very good small sandwiches and scones :) pretty medieval and picturesque environment, clean restrooms, nice staff

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LaPorte, Indiana, United States
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Part way through our Edinburgh Castle tour we were excited to stop here for afternoon tea. We were seated quickly and placed our order, which was about the end of our good experience! Over the course of our meal we asked 5 times for a glass of tap water (in addition to our purchased drinks) and only received it after... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Worst coffee I've had in many a long time. A weak watery near tasteless mess made by machine not human. Service was poor too. They made us wait a while and went to serve people before us who had come in later. I also ordered a strong cappuccino and they bought the aforesaid as a criminally weak latte. New management... More 

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Thank TwoSheds57
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

We spent so many hours touring Edinburgh Castle that we got hungry and thirsty. Luckily, we found the Tea Room. I had wanted to do high tea while in the UK, so this ticked both boxes. For 16 pounds, we shared the tower of scones with clotted cream, finger sandwiches, and sweets along with tea. Nice atmosphere with rock walls... More 

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Thank M K
Doncaster
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Tucked away in the upper quadrangle of Edinburgh castle, and not very well advertised, the Tea Room was a great find. We were actually on our way to the cafe - am sure this was a far superior choice. We choose the afternoon tea as we had a voucher from one of the many leaflets available (I believe this was... More 

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Pulloxhill, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

The three of us stopped in here on a wet Saturday afternoon, looking forward to something nice. We waited to be seated (as requested by the sign at the entrance) and someone grudgingly found us a table. We sat and waited...and waited...and waited. Some new guests took the table next to us. Within 3 minutes someone had taken their order.... More 

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Thank chrissw
Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

I enjoyed my afternoon tea sitting in part of the Castle. It was like going back in time looking at the worn old stone window! Reflecting on the stories and life back in time! The service and staff were good and the food was very nice too!

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Thank T D
Bristol, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

This is the epitome of the traditional tea room. Situated in what used to be one of the barrack buildings in the upper part of Edinburgh Castle, you will be treated to a delicious cup of tea or coffee while you browse their impressive selection of home-made cakes. Cream teas are also available and the staff are extremely friendly. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$31
Cuisine
Cafe, British
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Cowgate
  • Neighbourhood: Cowgate

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?