REVIEW – Tea at 94, Buccleuch Street


Situated on Buccleuch Street

A warm welcome and great home-cooking at Tea at 94

We’ve popped into Tea at 94 a few times this year and can’t get enough of this eatery for the good quality food at very reasonable prices. Situated at 94 Buccleuch Street, this is a place well worth seeking out.

It’s an old-fashioned tea room with embroidered table cloths and mis-matched crockery and a warm welcome is given to every customer that walks through the doors.

Huge bowls of porridge are offered for breakfast (£1.40), filled rolls (£1.65) and scrambled eggs on toast (£2.50).

The menu changes at lunchtime to delicious home-made soups (large bowl, £2.90 with bread and butter) and  sandwiches with all sorts of soup and half sandwich combos available. There’s also a savoury tart of the day and oatcakes with cheese on the menu. We loved the yellow split-pea soup today, but knew to leave room for the excellent sweet choices.

The owner makes the cakes and scones cakes on the premises and are a force to be reckoned with. We’ve tucked into too many slices to declare in public and recently attended the tea-tasting event that was held by one of the staff to encourage customers to appreciate the different teas on offer.

Yellow split pea soup with home-made bread

Scones are fluffy and there is normally about six choices of cake to choose from including chocolate brownies, plum tarts, raspberry delight (a twist on the Victoria Sponge),  Today’s choice for us was a mixed berry cake which was perfectly light and fluffy and extremely tasty.  Prices range from £1.50 – £3.50 per slice.

There are gluten-free cake choices available which made and supplied by the excellent Love Pure Cakes.

A full afternoon tea is available for £7.95 (pot of tea, sandwich, scone and cupcake or piece of cake) which is a steal at that price for the quality delivered.

An Americano will cost you £1.75 and a latte £1.95. Pots of tea are from the Edinburgh Tea and Coffee company and start at £1.80 (small pot/2 cups) to £2.70 (large pot/4 cups). There’s a good selection to choose from that will keep tea-lovers happy including Assam, Darjeeling and Lapsang Souchong.

Children well catered for

Handily situated around the corner from the popular Meadows play park, kids are well catered for at tea at 94.  They have their own menu featuring options that kids genuinely love: beans on toast, scrambled eggs, pancakes and smaller bowls of soup or the option of half a panini. These are served at ‘smaller prices’ as well, keeping the parents happy.

To keep little ones amused whilst the food is prepared, there are pictures supplied to colour in with crayons that are then placed on display on the wall, alongside the beautiful art work. The current exhibition is By the skin of my teeth by Katie Rowland.

Picnics can also be supplied if you want a day in the park and everything on the menu can be taken away.

Mixed berry cake

We’ll be popping back to Tea at 94 anytime we’re in the area and continue to support this independent cafe.

The cafe is only a short stroll from the newly opened Commonwealth Pool, so this can perhaps be the new ‘Bratisani’s’ for a post-swim eat!


Tea at 94
94 Buccleuch Street,

You can cut through Gifford Park at South Clerk Street and arrive at Tea at 94.

You can find Tea at 94 on Facebook and follow them on twitter @Teaat94 . Future tea-tasting events will be announced via social media. You can reserve tables for small groups and meetings.

Opening hours:  Monday 0900-1700 Tuesday – Saturday  0830-1700 and now open Sundays 1100-1530

A selection of glossy magazines are available to read whilst eating.

Suitable for disabled? Yes, on the ground floor with easy access to tables.

Tea at 94 now appears on our Edinburgh Cake Trail.

Traditional tablecloths and beautiful crockery

Plum tart on display in the window

Heavenly cupcakes

Funny posters

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