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Forsyth's Tea Room

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Old Town
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81 High Street | Chalmers Close, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
0131-557 5150
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating

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Best tea room in Edinburgh!

We first stumbled upon in the middle of a down pour! It was a great place to have a warm pot of tea along with shortbread. Ever since we have been making sure we stop when we are in town.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kirsten R
Liberty Lake, Washington
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Liberty Lake, Washington
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We first stumbled upon in the middle of a down pour! It was a great place to have a warm pot of tea along with shortbread. Ever since we have been making sure we stop when we are in town.

Thank Kirsten R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first-ever visit to a tea room. We didn't seek it out, but rather happened upon it while wandering down a close. We were unsure of the protocol, but the owner suggested taking a menu to our table and then coming up to the counter to order. She was just getting set up after having returned from church... More 

Thank ElCheapster
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Lovely wee place run by a lovely lady. Plenty of options to chose from. If you are looking for a bite to eat in the Old Town take time to find this lovely wee tea room. We had a toasted sandwich followed by a slice of cake. She does lovely cream teas too and nothing is too much touble. We... More 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Walked our feet off in Edinburgh and called in for a tea and jam butter scone. Charming lovely lady owner, very welcoming offering breakfast, scones, cream teas, sandwiches, salads etc. Just up from back of Jurys inn. Well worth a visit.

Thank ian d
Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Nice looking little place off the main track, chosen for its name, association thereof. A well presented little café, but the food was very average, good pot of tea.

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Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Such a quaint little tearoom. Our first visit yet we were greeted like long lost friends. A great find. We will definitely visit again.

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cardiff uk
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

After walking up and down the Royal mile we needed a rest and some refreshment, we found this nice tea room tucked away just on a alley way, greeted by a nice lady that made us feel most welcome, we had afternoon tea with a scone and ham sandwich, in what I would describe as my aunties front room it... More 

Thank danny c
Crowborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Fabulous, have tea with the charming proprietress who has bee not in business for over twenty years. "Shall I be after putting the kettle on?" A welcome question from a very welcoming lady. Ask for the Scottish Oaties, coffee cream filled oat cookies - simply divine!

Thank Adam E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Come here to meet the sweetest lady! Super cosy and friendly prices. I had an organic carrot cake wich was great and my wife had a organic lemon meringue pie, both were delicious. They serve breakfast all day and also different hot rolls, cakes, salads, soups, toasted tea-cakes and cream tea and so on and so on. I'll definately come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We found the tea rooms, by chance, cutting through the alleyway, back to the Royal Mile. What a great find. Christina made us very welcome, she is a charming lady. My wife had a baked potato with tuna, sweet corn & salad. I had the all day breakfast - delicious. Two bacon, 2 eggs, lorn sausage, beans tomato, 2 rounds... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

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  • Cuisine: British


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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.
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