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Forsyth's Tea Room

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81 High Street | Chalmers Close, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
0131-557 5150
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, 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
MUST GO!!!

You've got to check this place out. It's cute and cozy. And Christina is a very sweet lady. The chocolate cake is TO DIE FOR!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

You've got to check this place out. It's cute and cozy. And Christina is a very sweet lady. The chocolate cake is TO DIE FOR!!!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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28 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

It was just round the corner from where we stayed so we had to try this one out. The lady was ever so charming and polite. The cakes and pasties were yummy! It is a nice little place to start your mornings!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I absolutely loved this place and the owner Christina! Went with a group for tea and it was delicious. The place is very quaint, felt like I was going to my Grandma's place. Christina is so sweet!!

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

If you like homemade cakes and tea in old china come here. Great experience, loved it would come again. Highly recommend the key lime pie!

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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
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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

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.