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Cafe at the Palace

$$ - $$$Cafe, British,
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
+44 131 652 3685
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good43%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“scones” (39 reviews)
“cake” (16 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to have tea while at Holyrood Palace. It wasn’t inexpensive but the server couldn’t have been more accommodating or delightful. We had several pots of tea and goodies. Our hostess packed up our leftovers and added additional cookies for the road. I only wish...More

Thank Maddox1000
Reviewed January 6, 2018

We warmed up in the cafe after our visit through Holyrood (it was a snowy December morning) and enjoyed some Christmas Scones with clotted cream washed down with a frothy flat white. Staff is friendly and facility is clean. I saw adverts for afternoon tea;...More

Thank Andrea G
Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

We booked with friends for Champagne afternoon tea, as it was the weekend before Valentine's it was served with a sweet Valentine's theme. We were offered a choice of 5 teas and Patryca our server was delightful - nothing was too much trouble. The selection...More

Thank honey_pammy
Reviewed January 2, 2018

After touring the Palace of Holyroodhouse, we decided to have afternoon tea at the Café. It was a windy and rainy October day so this was nice place to relax before our walk back up the Royal Mile. Service was pleasant and timely. We had...More

Thank Trainbook
Reviewed December 30, 2017

We called into the cafe after visiting Holyrood Palace. The staff were very friendly and the food was good. It's a little bit more expensive than you're everyday cafe but it was in the grounds of a Royal residence. If we're in Edinburgh again we...More

Thank Karl S
Reviewed December 29, 2017 via mobile

We called into the cafe after visiting Holyrood Palace, staff was very friendly and the food was good, a little bit more expensive than a standard cafe but it was in the grounds of a royal residence. If in Edinburgh again we would call again.

Thank karl s
Reviewed December 2, 2017 via mobile

We decided to have afternoon tea here. Asked what was included, was given a copy of the menu then when we asked for it were told they were fully booked. However we then checked online that clearly showed spaces. We’ve always enjoyed visiting here but...More

Thank CJh88
Reviewed November 30, 2017

Had a lovely warm cup of chai and a very filling scone , just what I needed after a walk all the way to and from Arthurs Seat. absolutely delicious check it out

Reviewed November 28, 2017

Scones, jam, cream, Xmas flavoured tea with a glass of champagne all served by a lovely Greek waitress - what a treat!

Thank thefooddood
Reviewed November 15, 2017

I asked for a hot chocolate and should have sued under the trade descriptions act as what I got was a luke warm chocolate. Quite literally, drank it down in one as it was so luke warm. The sandwiches were all mixed up and did...More

Thank Andy M
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around
university buildings in Southside, the sort of
neighborhood that supports a long string of
second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for
just a few pounds. In August the student population is
replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here
for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and
arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking
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October 10, 2017|
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Response from Gtravelgirl | Reviewed this property |
Our reservation was lost, so it took some time for them to set up and prepare our tea. I think we were there for over and hour. You have to order your tea, let it seep, let it cool, wait for your food. I think you would... More
Norene N
May 18, 2015|
Response from Ievutė K |
The china is specially made for the cafe and not available to buy anywhere else.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 652 3685
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