REVIEW – Tealicious Edinburgh


Tealicious afternoon tea

Tealicious Edinburgh – an afternoon tea to remember

As soon as we heard the words ‘secret location’ and ‘cake’, we knew we just had to get a ticket to the latest addition to Edinburgh’s pop-up dining scene – Tealicious Edinburgh.

Run by a trio of ladies – Katey Lee, Michelle Holden and Sarah Bell – it’s clear the minute you step through the door that their afternoon tea will be something to remember.

Using a lovely location in Leith (we daren’t spoil the surprise), the tables are set, the candles are lit and there are fresh roses on each table amidst the quirky decor and vintage crockery.

Delicious savoury options

The menu is displayed in a picture frame, but our eyes are quickly distracted to the goods in front of us. Not only is each table laden with cakes, but there are savoury options consisting of basil marinated mozzarella skewers, grape focaccia and beetroot and walnut muffins.

Lashings of tea are immediately served up with the additional option of purchasing a cocktail from the specially created drinks menu. Using a licensed venue is a clever move and allows for a tipple or two if you so desire.

Another great idea was the plate of fruit which acted as an excellent palate cleanser.

Tucking into the sweet treats in front of us, it’s clear that each cake has been made with love by the talented Tealicious trio. They’re presented beautifully and the taste of each one exceeds their good looks.

A highlight for us was the violet and berry eclairs on offer, but the elderflower and lemon loaf was another clever combination of flavours.

Also particularly noteworthy was the lavender and lemon shortbread, an interesting twist on the classic Scottish treat.

There were no traditional sandwiches on offer: but then this was no ordinary afternoon tea.

Completely full to the seams, we were then offered even more delights to try – this time orange blossom macarons. The quality was equal to that of any we have tried in Edinburgh and that includes French patisseries.

Violet and berry eclair

A plate of hand-made chocolates (with the choice of rose cream or salted caramel) was handed around the room.

Never one to refuse anything, we sampled one of each and the chocolate finale was seriously impressive.

At £15 per person, this exquisite afternoon tea is extremely good value and the quality of food more than exceeded our expectations.

The hostesses encouraged us to take away any leftovers in boxes (supplied).

If there’s one thing you do this year, get yourself a ticket for Tealicious Edinburgh – it is an utterly delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.


Look on the Tealicious website for details of upcoming events and you can find them on twitter and on facebook.

Tickets for a Tealicious event are £15. A deposit of £10 is payable in advance and a recommended donation of £5 is made on the day.

The chocolate finale

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