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Forsyth's Tea Room

Cowgate
Tea Room
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81 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
0131-557 5150
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very disappointed

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... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Trebor2707
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Co Durham
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Ann Arbor
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6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Auckland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My daughter and I visited here recently while staying at the Jurys Inn in Edinburgh. This endearing tearoom is on a small alleyway running between the Jurys Inn hotel (Jeffrey St) and the Royal Mile. It was our second visit. We were immediately struck by the homely setting with a very Scottish design. This was only surpassed by the very... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I think the main reason you go to this tea room is for the experience. From the moment you walk through the door, it's like stepping back in time. I was greeted by the owner Christina with her purple locks. She started the Tea Room 19 years ago, and she still absolutely loves it. She's a wonderful cheerful lovely person... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Tucked off Edinburgh's Royal Mile and opposite the Museum of Childhood is Forsyth's Tearoom managed and run by Christina Forsyth, a brilliant ambassador for Edinburgh. Not a fast food outlet in any shape or form; Christina enjoys a chat and the food is made to order not just re-heated but nice quality in a great central location. Enjoy!

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Dallas, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Stumbled across this little place along the Royal Mile. Lovely tea. Great pies and the bacon sandwiches were awesome. Very friendly caring owner

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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>  > Cowgate
  • Neighborhood: Cowgate
  • Phone Number: 0131-557 5150

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Tea Room

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