REVIEW – Afternoon tea at The Hub, Royal Mile

*****
Beautiful building

Beautiful building

The Hub is a magnificent building that sits at the top of the Royal Mile. Converted from its previous use as a church by the Edinburgh International Festival, it was opened to the public in 1999.

Today I visited the Cafe Hub for a birthday afternoon tea for my friend and was seriously impressed.  It is open all year round and is completely accessible and pushchair friendly.

We were seated immediately by the staff who were alert and courteous as we ordered our afternoon tea.  The surroundings were pleasant with a mixture of people, young and old – all enjoying refreshments in the warm building on such a cold day.

The current price for for tea for two is £10, and is served between 3pm and 5pm.  I was concerned that the price may influence the quality, but I am pleased to report that this has to be one of the best value and delicious afternoon teas on offer in Edinburgh just now.

We were served a large pot of tea, which gave us two full cups each.   This was served a few minutes before we were presented with two plates of food.  The first one was the savoury selection of sandwiches, which were arranged perfectly and consisted of tuna salad on brown bread and chicken with sweetcorn mayonnaise on white.  There were eight small triangular sandwiches in total, all of which were fresh and left no room for complaint.

Excellent afternoon tea

The sweet plate looked too good to eat when first presented to us and much discussion ensued about how rare Victoria sponge appears in cafes these days.  We wolfed down our sandwiches to get to the stars of the show.

I started with the scone in an effort to fill me up and slow down the speed of eating the other two treats.  It was served with butter, jam and cream and was warm to touch, so had either been freshly baked or heated for serving.  Either way, it tasted incredibly fresh and I devoured every crumb.

Next up was the Victoria sponge, which was light in texture with enough filling to work well with the cake to produce a perfect combination of flavour and consistency.

The brownie was an exquisitely baked slice of chocolate perfection.  I can honestly say that I haven’t tasted a better brownie in Edinburgh.  What made it more of a perfect experience is that my friend had given up chocolate for lent and passed her slice to me.  Not one to leave a plate with half-eaten food, I enjoyed my brownie experience all over again.

It was a calorie-laden hour but since The Hub sits at the top of a big hill, I am sure I burned off enough calories to justify my intake 😉   For the price of £10, I urge you to pay a visit as soon as you can, but even if the price increases in the future, the quality still far outweighs its competitors in the area.

I have dined in The Hub before as part of a function dinner and was equally impressed with their savoury menus.  Sunday 14th March sees the return of their Sunday carvery for Mothers Day.  £12.95 for two courses/£14.95 for three  (reduced prices for children).  Book a table for six and mum eats free!  See all their current promotions on the  offers page.

Suitable for disabled?    Yes, on level access, as are the fully accessible toilets.

Inside The Hub

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