REVIEW – Forsyth’s Tea Room, Chalmers Close


Forsyth's Tea Room

Forsyth’s Tea Room (no website) is situated off the Royal Mile and is a must for tourists and residents alike.  Once you enter, you are immediately transported back in time to this Edwardian parlour.  The staff are even dressed from olden times and are happy to pose for photographs.  The lady who runs this place has been doing so for years and is very friendly.  She will talk you through the menu and recommend all kinds of dishes for you to try as well as giving you advice on what to see in Edinburgh.
You can start the day with an all day breakfast, or have soup home made soup or a sandwich for lunch.  One thing you should not miss is one of the homemade cakes or scones.   All the food is reasonably priced considering the location.   The staff here have been carefully chosen by the owner and are either suffering from mild learning difficulties or have less fortunate backgrounds.  The training in customer service is always ‘on going’ here, but with a little patience and encouragement from the customers, they will pick things up quicker.
The decor is also from years ago, but this adds to the atmosphere as you can stare at the interesting walls whilst you eat!  It’s a cosy little place at the best of times and doesn’t have much natural light flowing in through the windows.  A visit to this place is worth a short spell of artificial light to experience this old fashioned tea parlour. 

Inside Forsyth's

My review covers a recent visit where I sampled a big mug of tea and a slab of lemon meringue pie.   My friend had a coffee and a scone and I am pleased to say that none of them came with matching plates or cups!

Delicious home baking

The lemon meringue pie was just perfect served cold, but you can have it served warm if you prefer.  The scone was deliciously moist with ample portions of butter and jam provided. 

I love this place in any weather, but on a rainy day, you can transport yourself back in time by paying it a visit and eat some basic but good fodder alongside delicious home baking.  

This place is not known that well by locals, so is well worth the adventure to find it.  You can enter via Jeffrey Street at the side of Jury’s Inn, or down Chalmers Close which is beside this gift shop.  

Forsyth's is down here

Suitable for disabled ?  The path is sloped down the close, but there is two steps into the Tea Room.  Once inside, everything is on one level. 

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