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0.2 miles from Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Clarinda’s seven years ago and just HAD to make it a stop on our trip to Edinburgh this year. It is the quintessential tea room! My family and I weren’t able to get in for lunch the first time we stopped by. So...I went the next day by myself. The space is small but so lovely, the food is delicious and their dessert display is a feast for the eyes as well as tastebuds! One of the best tea rooms I’ve ever been to. When in Edinburgh, you MUST visit Clarinda’s.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 28, 2022

This was our second visit to Clarinda's in 6yrs, and it was as delightful as our first time. Pretty as a picture, old fashioned home made cakes, and its towards the end of the Royal Mile, which is a delightful walk in itself. Highly recommended,...its the quintessential teahouse if ever we've seen one. Until next time :)More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 10, 2022 via mobile

Such a cute little place with yummy deserts/ breakfast pastries. We had a scone and cinnamon toast, did not disappoint! Loved how the tea was served in old fashioned cups and teapot! Table even had doilies to make the aesthetic more authentic! The only thing...I was upset about was that I didn’t have time to go back more than once!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 9, 2022 via mobile

Great choice of cakes and drinks. I've been a few times now when visiting Edinburgh. Very quaint tea room and friendly staff. I haven't been since Coronavirus but I look forward to returning.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 20, 2022

When in Edinburgh, we rarely miss to visit clarindas. Excellent cream tea and lovely lunches. Such a cost space in the busy royal mile

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed December 23, 2021

Stopped in here for a spot of tea, and ended up staying for lunch. Very quaint and enjoyable. Good gluten free options too.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 19, 2021 via mobile

A quick lunchtime Snack in a quaint tearoom very near the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood. Great menu of snacks, full Scottish breakfast, and a first class range of cakes. Thoroughly recommended

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed September 2, 2021 via mobile

Quaint little tearoom with traditional cups and saucers and decor which just adds to the charm. We had the cream tea with scones just out of the oven which were a true delight, so crumbly just melted in the mouth! Priced very reasonably, we paid...£11 for 2 cream teas with a pot of tea with 5/6 cups in. Staff very friendly and efficient too!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 14, 2021

Went for lunch and boy was it fresh and tasty. Soup and sandwich was really really good. Super selection of home baking and a fair decent slice of cake with great coffee. Don’t usually drink two mugs but it was so good with my cake...I just had to have another. Great service from welcoming staff and the ambiance is old tearoom style which is very nice and homely. Definitely be going there when visiting Edinburgh again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 30, 2021

In Edinburgh for a couple of days and popped in here for coffee and a bite to eat. Great coffee, the best apple crumble I’ve ever tried (with a very generous jug of cream supplies) and fantastic service. On top of that, it has a...great outdoor seating area in a quiet courtyard at the back. It’s obvious that these owners take a great deal of pride in their business, which makes all the difference. So unusual to find good food, coffee and service in such a busy tourist area. Would DEFINITELY go back. Loved itMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 26, 2021

After well over a year Clarinda’s has reopened. We have peered anxiously through the windows so many times during lockdown, but it has returned unscathed. It looks exactly the same, but I believe it has actually been repainted. The welcome and teashop ambience are perfect....And the baking! Other places go for eye catching, and the taste disappoints. Clarinda’s is lower key, but the focus is on the taste. As the lady on the next table spontaneously remarked - “that was the best scone I ever tasted”. Weekends only at the moment.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed September 14, 2020 via mobile

I was here in mid September 2020 and Clarinda's is not yet open (it is a very small place). My last actual visit was in October 2018 but I've been every time I visit Edinburgh. The lunches are tasty and homemade and the atmosphere of...the place is cutesy but the reason I return is the carrot cake, which is, hands down, the best carrot cake I have ever had. Not kidding, I plan my Edinburgh trips around visits to Clarinda's. I had to check out other places this time but none compare. So next time I'm here I'll be checking whether my favourite cafe is open again. Never stop making that carrot cake!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 22, 2020

Lovely bakes and really enjoyed having tea and cake in a traditional tea room. Located a short distance from Arthurs Seat, it's a nice way to end a walk.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed June 23, 2020

Highly recommended, we've had such a pleasure to eat a breakfast, even a lunch, and even a brunch. The service is nice, people are lovely there and the food is prepared on the go, they do deliveries and the place is so warm and welcoming!...We've had some soup, haggis, breakfast, tea, cakes, and nothing wrong to say, I can't wait to go back to Edinburgh to eat in this place again! Not very busy, you feel like you're at your grandma's lounge and I loved it, this is everything you're looking for a tea party of a quiet lunch with your partner, of your mother. The price was totally fine, you have a large pot of Tea, your plate is full, even if sandwiches could be expansive, it's fresh food and really tasty, be sure that you're gonna be well served and happy. Romain.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed March 25, 2020

It was cute, the service was good. I had the Cream Tea and it was spot on. I visited with 3 other friends and we enjoyed a short break there.

Date of visit: March 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5