REVIEW – Anteaques, South Clerk Street, Edinburgh


Edinburgh Spotlight Recommended!

Open Thursday - Sunday only

Step back in time to enjoy tea and cake at Anteaques.

I have pondered for some time whether or not to share one of my ultimate Edinburgh hideaways – Anteaques in Newington.

Step back in time and enter this magical shop full of antiques and astonishing range of teas.  I have lost count of how many times I have been here for  tea and cake, but I can’t hold onto this Edinburgh secret any longer.

I took a friend who has lived in Edinburgh for years, but did had never experienced the delight of Anteaques before.  Her reaction was ‘wow’ as we entered and took a table at the rear of the shop amongst chandeliers and bagatelle boards.

One of the staff members handed us the extensive tea menu and we set about choosing our pots.  There is only a small selection of cakes, but what they do have is exquisite and most definitely home-baked.  A selection of the Chocolate Tree’s truffles are also available to accompany your tea choice.

Afternoon delight

My friend opted for a pot of almond tea with a couple of truffles, whilst I plumped for a pot of cherry chocolate tea and a fruit scone with lashings of raspberry jam and clotted cream.  A large pot of tea is £2.90 and the scone, a bargain at £1.60.

Our cups and saucers were delicate china the cutlery ornate alongside the 3-tier stand on which our food arrived.

We took in the wonderful aroma of the teas before tasting and soon melted into the moment as we relaxed to the classical music playing.  No ‘antique shop’ smells here, despite literally rubbing shoulders with racks of coats, vintage tea seats and other curios.

The scone was nothing short of perfection with the jam and clotted cream hitting the mark.  The Chocolate Tree truffles were savoured with the tea as we relaxed with some good conversation – there is never a need to rush in Anteaques.

We stocked up on some loose leaf teas as we settled the bill.  Excellent advice is available with all of the teas in sample pots so that you can smell them for yourself.  Past visits has seen the staff recommend me some teas such as white pomegranate and genmaicha which I would never have thought trying myself.

There is no hard-sell here, just an abundance of tea advice from friendly staff.

A wonderful place to relax for an hour and enjoy one of the most unique tea experiences to be found in Edinburgh.

Opening hours

There are only a handful of tables inside, so book ahead or be prepared to come back.  Unfortunately there are no bathrooms in the shop, so time your visit well!

Anteaques appears in our Edinburgh Cake Trail.

Suitable for disabled? Yes, it’s on ground floor and there is enough access to the tables as you enter the shop.

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