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Forsyth's Tea Room

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81 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
0131-557 5150
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
a great 19th century visit

My wife and I visited this tea room on the High St and it was like going back in time. you have to go in a "close" and down some stairs to go to the most delightful little tea room in Edinburgh. The owner is a wonderful lady with a rich history and she made us feel as if we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My wife and I visited this tea room on the High St and it was like going back in time. you have to go in a "close" and down some stairs to go to the most delightful little tea room in Edinburgh. The owner is a wonderful lady with a rich history and she made us feel as if we... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We visited this little tea room on a Saturday it was like stepping back in time with the teapots and sugar bowl covers. All the food was cooked to order and was very tasty and the lady who served us was a real treasure. We will definitely be visiting again on our next trip to Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I love that everything is mismatched, in a sunken room, down one of the many closes. It's adorable! Definitely letting my friends who come here in the future know about this place. Also, although I didn't try it because I was already full (I just went for a pot of tea), the chocolate cake there looked AMAZING!

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Erskine, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The atmosphere. Food not amazing but nice to get out of the cold and have a hot cuppa in quaint surroundings as a change from trendy cafes

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a very quaint cafe The lady who owns it is lovely. Unfortunately it ends there. I had a full breakfast my wife had porridge. The porridge was made with water and looked disgusting. My food was burnt to say the least. I think it had been cooked the previous day and flash fried. I am not at all... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

At the end of our week in Edinburgh and after walking along the "Royal Mile" many times stumbled across the "Forsyth's Tea Room" down a side close. What a find! only wish we had known about it sooner, we had a very nice afternoon tea, with a nice conversation, in a spotless environment. Summing up if you are looking for... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We had a delicious breakfast in this lovely little tea room to get out of the cold, very very friendly lady who made us feel very welcome, good honest prices, well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

This little place is tucked down an alley but was a great little find the lady that runs and owns was fantastic and so welcoming. It's worth a visit if you need a cuppa after all the site seeing would definitely go back xx xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Christina must have one of the quaintest tea rooms to be found in the UK. Our first visit was on Christmas Morning 2013 during a lousy Christmas package deal at a local hotel (The Carlton). It was the most definitely the highlight of our mini break, finding such a little gem of a place AND open on Christmas Day. Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Why is it you find the quaintest place on your last day of vacation?! It was located in the close near where we were staying and happened upon it on our last day. We spent about an hour sitting enjoying our tea and scones and listening to Christina talking with one of her friends. It's like stepping back in time.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 81 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 0131-557 5150

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Tea Room

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Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.