As a treat for my sister’s 30th birthday I booked a girly afternoon tea for my mum, sister and I at the Georgian Tea Room within The Dome in Edinburgh.
I was pleasantly surprised that they offered not only a vegan afternoon tea, but also a gluten-free option in addition to their standard menu, so we could all enjoy sandwiches, scones and cake with endless tea to celebrate on a Monday afternoon!
The Dome is an Edinburgh institution, standing proudly on central George Street, famous not only for its Christmas lights and decor but for what lies within – a beautiful bar, restaurant and nightclub. When we arrived we were welcomed and shown up the staircase to the tearoom, a traditional and majestic high-ceiling-ed room filled with light, one not too pretentious or fancy, but special enough you felt comfortable in.
We were given an extensive list of loose leaf teas to choose from, everything from the fruity, exotic and fresh to the more traditional, while waiters moseyed around us serving other customers with grace. After ordering our own teas and my vegan menu, we chatted and took in the surroundings, a room surprisingly busy for what we expected to be a quiet Monday. What was everyone else celebrating we tried to guess? Or did we even need an excuse to treat ourselves at the start of the week?
Shiny silver teapots and china teacups arrived swiftly and we stirred and poured our different teas through our strainers, adding milk and lemon as we liked. Then the main event arrived on tiered stands. Intricate, colourful cakes upon fluffy scones upon bite-size sandwiches.
The standard menu included three filled sandwiches, a vol-au-vent, savoury and sweet scones and a selection of cakes and macarons. My vegan menu delivered an inspiring range of sandwich fillings, my favourite was the artichoke, pea and mint salad, so summery! These were followed by a little savoury mouthful of a baby potato topped with delicious walnut pesto, a great sultana scone complete with jam and coconut cream to slather on in any order you wish (jam then cream is my preferred way) and a trio of mini desserts – a simple lemon tart, a sticky strawberry tart and the showstopper, a light mille-feuille.
I didn’t manage to finish my puddings so of course the lovely waiters packed up my leftovers and Nige enjoyed them later that day. Go hungry and I’m sure you’ll still be unable to finish everything, maybe we just overdosed on the tea as the waiters kept topping up our teapots with fresh hot water.
The afternoon tea experience in the beautiful Georgian tea rooms of The Dome is a great indulgence or special gift for any celebration, and as their menus cater for almost all everyone can enjoy it! Vegan afternoon teas are few and far between in Edinburgh so this was hopefully the first of a few I can test and review! It’s a hard life!