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Forsyth's Tea Room

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Old Town
Cafe, British, Scottish
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81 High Street | Chalmers Close, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
+44 131 557 5150
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely little tearoom in Chalmers Close, just off the Royal Mile. Lady proprietor very nice/helpful. We had a cake & tea stop and the home-made cakes ~ particularly the lemon drizzle cake (best I've ever tasted!) were excellent, real good quality! Will certainly call in again when we next visit the city. Tearoom itself is very quaint and nicely done... More 

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Thank dave241151
Grover Beach, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I've been there a few times when in Edinburgh. Absolutely LOVE going in & talking. Found out that a friend of Forsyth's works in a tea room in Cambria, CA near where I live and where I go often. PS the date wouldn't let me pick earlier dates also.

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Thank Charlayne H
St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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245 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This tearoom, down a little lane opposite the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile, is an absolute delight. The lady running the tearoom said she had been there for 22 years. She told us that the room was 14th century. It was delightfully decorated in a very pretty old-fashioned style. The plates, cups etc were all old-fashioned not matching... More 

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Thank Edmund R
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was looking for somewhere to rest my feet when I stumbled across this little tea room just off The Royal Mile. I sat and had my lunch with the owner and we had a good gnatter about all sorts of things. She was so lovely and great company! The food was nice as well but I'll be going back... More 

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Thank Rebekah-May T
Guildford, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were searching for an independent place to have breakfast and spied the sign for Forsyth's tearoom down a small side alley. We walked in and were instantly transported into a world of chintz, doilies, tam o'shanter tea cosies and generally a feeling of being at your grandma's house. Then we spotted Grandma (aka the owner). She was sitting and... More 

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Thank Carras1982
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131 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is run by a very sweet and helpful older lady. We instantly felt welcome and the service was very personal. The tea room has lots of character and we almost felt like we were sitting in her front room. We had the all day breakfast and while it wasn't the best breakfast we'd ever had it was certainly worth... More 

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Thank AnnaNickB
Belfast, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

What a lovely little shop. Everyone should have a coffee stop here! Down a little Close and a lovely lady serving. Also toasty inside.

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Thank scaffolder2016
London
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

Did a quick google search for a cup of tea after a morning shopping on the high street. So glad this place was the closest one! A hidden gem just of the high street. The lady running it was extremely friendly, and happy to chat! We were the only ones at the time, so she sat down to have a... More 

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Thank Chad B
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Lovely little place, the owner is very friendly and the selection of food and cakes to a good standard. Would recommend for something different and traditional!

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Thank Reshma K
South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

We had a coffee on day 1 and enjoyed the atmosphere so much we came back on day 2 for a coffee and a buttered scone and that was lovely. We did come back for breakfast on day 3 but unfortunately we were too early. The lady who owns the café was very informative regarding the history of the building... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, British, Scottish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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: +44 131 557 5150

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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.
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