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Palm Court at The Balmoral

1 Princes Street | The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland
+44 131 556 2414
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good15%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sandwiches” (186 reviews)
“cake” (56 reviews)
“clotted cream” (15 reviews)
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9:00 am - 7:00 pm Hours
European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1 Princes Street | The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very little I did know about afternoon tea. My wife said that we have to go to proper afternoon tea and from our hotel they recommended Balmoral. We did not reserve table and just went and asked if they have free table. Consierge handled situation...More

Thank KTM67
Reviewed 1 week ago

First time for afternoon tea, as a treat for my sister's birthday. What a beautiful room and what fantastic service. Delightful from start to finish. I would have no hesitation in recommending the afternoon tea. Every aspect of it was explained. We had vegetarian amuse...More

Thank Naz68
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

1st time to Edinburgh and decided to book afternoon tea at the Balmoral Palm Court as a novel treat after the 4&1/2 hour journey up here and we weren’t disappointed, turned up 1/2 hour early but this was no trouble for the staff as our...More

Thank R90R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delightful from start to finish. A friendly welcome, very pleasant atmosphere, the staff were lovely. I had a gluten free afternoon tea, my husband the 'ordinary' although I hesitate to use that term. An amuse bouche of carrot and ginger broth - delicious, pastries, sandwiches-...More

Thank Lindalook
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

having booked the afternoon tea two months in advance we walked out of the snow and into the Palm Court. friendly staff, stunning room and a delicious afternoon tea which let no wishes open. we did enjoy ourselves for more than 2 hours. highly recommended....More

Thank Frank W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic afternoon tea! So much food and lovely gift at the end. Beautiful room also and friendly staff. Definitely recommend!

Thank Georgie G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went there in a rainy winter Saturday to enjoy afternoon tea as my birthday treatment . It’s a very relaxing place, elegant decoration, warm lights, good soft music background, A VARIETY OF NICE TEA, came together cakes and sandwiches. Fixed price...More

Thank zhirong
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't get me wrong the afternoon tea was still lovely, but in comparison to other visits I felt that this visit on March 17thwas a little below what I have come to expect from Palm Court It was lovely, but something was off. It was...More

1  Thank Lwalker361
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

It seems that we picked the worse weather in March,18 to visit Edinburgh. But we are enjoying every minute of it. We had 12:30 afternoon tea. I recommend to have early breakfast if you go at the same time as there is enough to eat....More

Thank Lyuba K
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

My friend treated me to the Afternoon Tea here, and we enjoyed the day. The staff were lovely, friendly and took care of everything. There was a harpist playing most of the time that made it relaxing until a wedding party arrived and they went...More

3  Thank Scottishperson
Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street
is only half one, since buildings only line one side.
But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views
are from Princes Street as a result. From here you
look onto expansive and decorative public gardens
beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s
Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old
town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look
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12 June 2017|
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Response from JanKo52 | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend to buy a bottle separately. Enjoy!
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7 March 2017|
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Response from BalmoralEdinburgh | Property representative |
Dear jillian99 Thank you for your question. We do have a 'Kids Afternoon Tea' £20. Please do not hesitate to contact us on the number below if you require any further information. Kind Regards The Balmoral +44 (0) 131... More
13 November 2016|
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Response from BalmoralEdinburgh | Property representative |
Dear Tracy Thank you for your question. It would be a pleasure to welcome you and your family to Palm Court. Advanced booking for Afternoon Tea is highly recommended. Please feel free to call the hotel on the number below... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Princes Street | The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, Scotland (Formerly The Bollinger Bar at Palm Court)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Princes Street and Gardens
  • Neighbourhood: Princes Street and Gardens
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 2414
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at The Balmoral Hotel
Palm Court is an Edinburgh institution that's as glittering as its glass dome and Venetian chandelier. Sip vintage champagne or sample our award-winning Afternoon Tea with a wide selection of loose leaf teas, coffee, classic and contemporary sandwiches and savouries, pastries and sweet treats. A harpist provides the perfect accompaniment. Palm Court Opening Times: Monday to Thursday 8am to 7pm Friday 8am to 8pm Saturday 8am to 9pm Sunday 9am to 7pm Afternoon Tea: £40
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