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Forsyth's Tea Room

81 High Street | Chalmers Close, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
+44 131 557 5150
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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81 High Street | Chalmers Close, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful historical little gem. We found the lovely lady owner to be very approachable and warming. She is celebrating 23 years there. Great memories and experience. Enjoy!

Thank Angelina T
Reviewed 5 January 2018

Happened to walk down one of the many closes on the Royal Mile and found this hidden gem. A small tea room with lovely woman who was open on Boxing Day - a rarity. We had nice tea with scones and sandwiches. The scones and...More

Thank Stephanie W
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Found this place just by chance and it was a very welcome discovery compared with all the soulless places nearby. The inside is clean and wonderfully quirky and the owner is incredibly welcoming. Loved the crockery!!

Thank HarmonyDawn86
Reviewed 12 October 2017

The Lady/owner/cook was DELIGHTFUL .. wonderful to listen to her local Scottish brogue :D CUTE and quaint place down Chalmer's Close off High Street (The Royal Mile) near Evangelist John Knox's House .. (down the close away from the crowds). Wonderful decor .. good eats...More

Thank Pastor F
Reviewed 4 September 2017

I was really looking forward to a cream tea break during the Fringe Festival and as soon as we'd sat down and I was greeted by the curt lady serving regretted it. She ignored me to help with another local and then promptly to my...More

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

I remember when tearooms were all like this. It made me feel nostalgic, and I left with a warm fuzzy feeling. The tea was served in a proper china cup, and the sugar bowls had quaint crocheted doilies keeping them free from flies and debris....More

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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Absolutely horrible. Scones we're out of a plastic package and heated in the microwave! The cream that accompanied the scone was whip cream out of the can. The jam was from a larger bottle and tasted like fast food quality. The ham sandwich was dismal...More

Thank Timmy P
Reviewed 1 August 2017

A charming tea room, classic stylish and headed by a adorable Lady. Nice apple pie and tea. I loved it

Thank Sandoval-lage
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

We happened on this place as it was right on the Close between our hotel and the Royal Mile. The woman owner is just lovely as is her friend helper. They are proud of their 20+ years in business and rightfully so! We went there...More

Thank Dianespence
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This quaint little tea Room is worth a visit. Everything is home made by the lady owner, who herself is so welcoming and would definately entice you to visit again and again

Thank ElaineMoloney
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-flavoured 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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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 81 High Street | Chalmers Close, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 557 5150
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