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Clarinda's Tea Room

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Old Town
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69 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BS, Scotland
+44 131 557 1888
09:00 - 16:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice experience, the team is lovely, very welcoming and smiling ; food (soup and cakes) homemade and delicious and room so cosy and charming ! We'll come back for sure if we come back to edinburgh !

Thank Aude V
Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here for lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Had to wait a little bit for a table, but it was worth it. I had the homemade soup, which was delicious. My daughter had a sandwich and my husband had the ploughman's plate, both of which were good. We wished we had stopped by here for tea and cake, rather than... More 

Thank VZAtl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was good to find this lovely little tea room after walking the length of the Royal Mile with one tourist restaurant after another. Real homemade food in a calm and quiet setting. My lentil soup was delicious, as was my husband's quiche, and the tea and cakes were yummy. Excellent service. All in all a great choice.

Thank KentMaya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a cold wintersday it's lovely (yeah, let's use that word ;-) ) to be here. The food is excellent and the tea delicious. One thing they could improve (and that's for tourists) is making a setmenu that includes tea and food.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This was exactly what I thought a tea room would look like😊Quaint and the bakery items, especially the scones with clotted cream and jam were amazing! Great service and tea in a convenient location along the Royal Mile. Don't miss this tea room for breakfast or lunch❤

Thank Liz A
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

even though the decoration and unique details takes you into a different universe , the food is rather average !

Thank Andreia Q
Detroit, Michigan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Lovely staff, amazing food! Cakes are the best I had in my life! The most charming place to go when in Edinburgh!

Thank barbaraann5691
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We found this tearoom while walking down the royal mile towards Hollywood. This is such a treat and perfect for afternoon tea. The cakes are just fantastic and decor to match.

Thank 2017Helen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Loved it! The decor, the staff, the tea, the scones! It was all so lovely. A great place to take a break while seeing The Royal Mile.

Thank Kerrie E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Excellent traditional wee tea shop!amazing carrot cake and great service, would highly recommend for a visit.

Thank Caitriona B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Cash Only, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 69 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BS, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 557 1888

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old Town

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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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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