Afternoon Tea at The Sheraton Grand

After a very busy week I was looking for a very chilled Sunday afternoon and what could have been better than a nice swim followed by high tea. AVM took little persuading and to be honest I think she likes her new found fame!

The Exchange Bar

I love ‘The Sheraton’s main bar area, The Exchange, it takes me back in time to an old fashioned yet glamorous era, I imagine elegant film stars with furs and cigars hanging out in a place like this. It’s instantly calming and the white tablecloths and napkins and well uniformed staff are reassuring in an understated way. A gentlemen in the corner is ‘caressing the ivories’ (he actually is, not part of my movie star vision in case you were wondering!) and all is well with the world.

Champagne Afternoon Tea for 2 please!

There are several different Afternoon Teas to choose from ranging in price from £17.95 pp – £23.95 (for the Champagne one). Anyone who knows me or AVM will guess which one we opted for, bubbles all the way please!

The tea menu

I love the ritual where the tea menu is brought to you, the tea menu is actually a wooden box with a number of little glass jars in it containing a mixture of black, white and green teas strapped in by little leather braces. You can take them out and smell them and touch them, before making your selection. While this is happening the Champagne is brought.

 

The Tea Trolley

On choosing your tea, I went for the Jasmine Pearls and AVM the 2nd Flush Darjeeling, the next part of the ritual takes place as a trolley filled with different kinds of teapots, teas and hot water is brought to your table and the various teas are made in front of you. You’re then given a timer to let you know when to stop the infusing.

Our appetisers

A delicious appetiser of smoked salmon with a pea fondant is served in shot glasses and is the first of what proved to be a bit of an overindulgence. Once again I think we were slightly optimistic in the fortitude of our constitutions.

The 3 tiered stand arrives and looks heavenly, on the bottom a range of beautifully presented finger sandwiches, prawn, beef, smoked salmon and egg mayonnaise. The next tier comprises of moist ginger slices, tangy lemon and pistachio cake and a bowl of Devonshire (of course!) Clotted Cream. The top displays a number of delicate and pretty patisserie bites.

Afternoon Tea

Not only that but we are told that when we have finished this carbohydrate mountain that our scones would be brought out, yikes! We did well, although that may have something to do with the fact we started taking half portions of each little morsel to try and spare ourselves and despite regular water top ups in our tea we were fairly running out of steam by the time the last course appeared. A lovely plate of miniature scones, warm from the oven and with interesting flavours including chocolate & beetroot and treacle & champagne were deposited and although pretty full, I couldn’t let you lot down so I valiantly battled on trying each and every one of the four flavours on offer.

The Exchange Bar

I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth so this probably isn’t my ideal type of meal but the elegance of the surroundings, the total Britishness of afternoon tea and the rituals surrounding it are thoroughly enjoyable. Afternoon tea is served daily between 14.00-17.00 and they are also a member of The Tea Guild

The scores, the bathrooms were seriously let down by a number of blocked sinks, despite the beautiful art deco style and only got a 6/10. The service was friendly but we did have to wait to be seated and some extra cream when the scones arrived & perhaps some butter would have been good 7/10 and the overall score a 7/10. It could have been a lot better with some very simple touches.

The Exchange Bar The Sheraton, 1 Exchange Place, Edinburgh, EH13 9SR

0131 229 9131

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4 Responses to “Afternoon Tea at The Sheraton Grand”

  1. September 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    My sister and I took my Mum to the Sheraton for a Champagne afternoon tea for her 60th birthday and it was absolutely perfect. We struggled to finish everything as well but thankfully they let us take what was left away in a doggy bag! 🙂

    • September 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

      It really does have a feeling of old fashioned luxury about it doesn’t it, a really nice treat!

  2. October 20, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    ohhhh afternoon tea, I’ve yet to go and indulge myself in this treat, but I’m desperate to do so. There are so many places to go in Edinburgh, so I may have to sample more than one.

    • October 20, 2010 at 9:23 am #

      I have a guest blog post on Afternoon Tea at The Balmoral to go up anon so you can compare them! I’m still to try Loopy Lorna’s but have heard good things

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