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Clarinda's Tea Room

69 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BS, Scotland
+44 131 557 1888
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“scones” (141 reviews)
“cake” (47 reviews)
“bakewell tart” (10 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
69 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BS, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a regular place for me to have an early lunch when I visit Edinburgh and this city is my favorite on earth! No cheap but very consistent with loads of atmosphere. Food is excellent and I really go for the scones and tea....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Brenda J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fabulous place! A real gem on the Royal Mile. Vintage decor and a calm, classical music soundtrack give the place a lovely oldy-worldy feel; we could have stayed all day. The cakes and bakes on offer were truly delicious and there was a...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Laura U
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here this afternoon for cream tea and disappointingly I would not call this a traditional cream tea. The scones were dry and more like a shortbread biscuit. So crumbly it wouldn't cut nicely in two and just broke apart easily. It was not fresh...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jodiec774
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely, quaint tea room. Delicious food and treats, speedy service and many tasty teas! Might have to share a table but its not the end of world and you can still be private if you need to. Bring cash only! ☆Wonderful experience☆

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Seanpaddy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the day of our visit, service was prompt and friendly. Although small, our party of five were comfortably seated to the rear of the tearoom and enjoyed buttery scones, tea and coffee. This was a welcome reprise from the grey, cold streets outside. The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank FlyingTheCoop
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this tea room which is very congested . You have to share your table with others. There is limited staffing so be prepared to wait. Cakes and scones are displayed on dresser in the middle of the cafe, not covered over so are...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jacquio-9
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great cooking, cosy place, not to expensive, a little bit of history. Very, very, very good soups and cakes. And i like this idea of shearing a table when is busy. I visit every time when I go to Edinburgh.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Małgorzata S
Reviewed December 13, 2018

Stopped in here for a small snack with my friend after walking back for Hollyrood Castle. A nice little room. Found it very chilly even when sitting by the radiator. Also found it hard to get the attention of the girls doing the serving and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank al97936
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Had a blast with great teas and wonderful scones, salmon sandwich and cakes at this old fashioned place. Recommend highly and about half the price of those fancy places.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Marwie
Reviewed December 11, 2018

An olde worldly feel with lots of atmosphere. A great selection of cakes and treats. My carrot cake was absolutely delicious. But my coffee was lukewarm so watch out for that!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank John P
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
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Mir M
June 10, 2018|
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Response from centralpamom | Reviewed this property |
I don't know, I stopped in on a Friday early afternoon, and was easily able to get a seat.
Liana B
June 11, 2017|
Response from Dawn L |
The hours I found are 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with breakfast from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
james w
June 10, 2017|
Response from nwoodo | Reviewed this property |
We were there today and expected afternoon tea. As far as I could tell they have tea, they have scones, but they do not have what in my mind is afternoon tea.... three tiered service with little sandwiches, scones, etc.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 69 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BS, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 557 1888
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