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Forsyth's Tea Room

81 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland (Cowgate)
0131-557 5150
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Ranked #595 of 1,826 restaurants in Edinburgh
Cuisines: Tea Room
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Cowgate
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Cowgate
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

I was visiting Edinburgh with a friend, and we were looking for a tea room to sit down for a while before my friend had to board her train. We found this tea room purely by chance, but I daresay it was one of the most pleasant places I have ever been in the whole of Edinburgh. The owner, Christine,... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I am rating Forsyth's as 5 stars as it is one of the most entertaining places I have ever visited. On entering, your eyes are treated to a veritable feast of tea house kitsch. It is the only establishment I know of that places doyleys over the sugar bowls, on the walls - in fact, every available space is adorned... More

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Purmerend, The Netherlands
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

During our stay in Edinburgh we had tea at the lovely Forsyth's Tea Room. Tucked away in the Chalmers Close off the Royal Mile. Whilst enjoying our tea and shortbread cookie we chatted away with the purple haired lady owner. A charming place for a tea break!

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Cape May, New Jersey
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I was very excited about visiting a traditional Scottish teahouse but got ripped off very badly at Forsyths. Ordered a muffin and porridge and some pie, not only did the old lady forget about the cake order but still add it to the bill, the scones and porridge were all "microwave" made and tiny, tiny, tiny portions. Not to mention... More

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Milan, Italy
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I was just recently visiting Edinburgh and decided on a whim to go and have afternoon tea at Forsyth's. I had seen the sign off of the Royal Mile and the spot looked rather quaint. While the decor at first glance may deter prospective customers, the owner (Christine) is delightful. I came about an hour and a half before the... More

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Just got back from breakfast in forsyths...what can I say- Such a negative experience..asked for the three item breakfast and instead of the bread roll, we had brown bread...the food was absolutely vile- so greasy and fatty...we only ate the egg and toast and left as quickly as possible...total rip off when we went to the till, the old lady... More

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Faenza, Italy
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12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

It's an old style tea room, serves normal scottih breakfast tea and a few kinds of cakes. I have been there for breakfast and I have had a toast jam and butter: just two slices of flat white bread toasted with margarine and jam, not so good but not bad.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Forsyth's is one of those unique, distinctly Scottish "tea rooms" that you think don't exist any more. It has it all: crocheted doilies, brass plaques on the wall, steam coming from whistling kettles etc. Stephen Hawking wrote about the possibilities of wormholes in the space time continuum and travelling back in time. Well, I think there must be a wormhole... More

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Fleetwood
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9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

My wife and I stayed in Edinburgh for three nights and aimed to have breakfast in a different place each day; this was day 2. I should have been wary when asked to pay up-front - I usually would have refused to do so, but the woman running the place seemed so sincere. We had the all day breakfast at... More

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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36 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Exiting the Jury’s Inn hotel there are 2 sets of steps to climb and you find yourself on the Royal Mile, however on route we found this tea room and decided it was time for a quick lunchtime snack. The tea room was quiet and the decorations of tea towels, tea cosies gave it a homely feeling. The owner, a... More

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