They say drinking tea is a British obsession. Well, it certainly is an obsession of mine.
As autumn weather blows into the city, I can think of nothing better than taking shelter in a teashop and lovingly wrapping myhands around a good old mug of tea. And I’ve found a new tea-shop, and what a cracker it is too.
Eteaket is hidden just minutes from the busy Princes Street but provides a welcome relief from the chains that dominate the high street.
This ‘tea boutique’ is quirky and charming - and there’s not a teabag in sight. Hand-picked tea leaves and more types of tea than you could ever dream up – this quaint yet funky tea room also does a fine range in accompanying cakes.
The etiquette here is to sit back and enjoy your cuppa, so why not give a try. The earl grey comes highly recommended. As does the scone and jam now you come to mention it.
41 Frederick St, Edinburgh EH2 1EP
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Tea rooms with extensive range of unusual teas served by the pot.
Just off George Street in the centre of the New Town. Eteaket also does free tea-tastings on Wednesday mornings. A great place for proper afternoon tea, as well as light lunches.
41 Frederick Street, New Town
A great place to stop for tea and excellent scones.
Slightly out of the city centre, but worth the stroll across the Meadows or a bus ride to the well-heeled suburb Of Morningside. There are plenty of independent shops along Morningside Road for a pleasant browse.
370 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10
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