Palm Court at The Balmoral

The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh Ltd, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ

Main Course £12
Food Spend £35
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday: 08:00 - 19:00
Friday & Saturday: 09:00 - 20:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 19:00.

Perfect afternoon tea. Hard to criticise aspect.

Colin Beveridge 28 January 2017
From Kirkcaldy

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Offering timeless elegance, Palm Court at The Balmoral features a stunning glass dome and Venetian chandelier. Vintage champagnes are served alongside premium afternoon teas, all to the sound of live harp music which provides the perfect setting.

Soak up the ambience and indulge in a spot of afternoon tea at Palm Court at The Balmoral. With over 20 loose-leaf teas on offer, including the signature Royal Scottish Balmoral blend, the award-winning afternoon tea is served on a 3-tier cake stand. Freshly cut sandwiches, pastries and shortbread fresh from the in-house bakery make for an irresistible experience: a British tradition not to be missed.

The menu at Palm Court at the Balmoral also serves up a great selection of hearty sandwiches, including roast Blairgowrie beef with Arran grain mustard, and honey roast Scottish ham, served with olives and chutney. Palm Court at The Balmoral in Edinburgh is the perfect venue for a spot of relaxed dining with a sophisticated edge.

Refined yet approachable, Palm Court at The Balmoral offers a taste of classic luxury, just a 1-minute walk from Edinburgh Rail Station.

Customer Reviews for Palm Court at The Balmoral


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11 February 2017 by Peter from Merseyside
While staying at the Balmoral we decided to have afternoon tea at Palm Court. The food was delicious, staff friendly and immaculately attired and the ambience was superb. However the experience was marred by the overwhelming number of guests who chose to wear denim jeans, tee shirts and trainers, despite the 'smart casual' dress code required. In order to maintain standards, and to compete with the many excellent establishments now offering quality afternoon tea, the Balmoral should insist upon adherence to dress code, out of respect for the beautiful surroundings and the hotel's illustrious history.
28 January 2017 by Colin Beveridge from Kirkcaldy
Perfect afternoon tea. Hard to criticise aspect.
18 January 2017 by Patricia Deas from Edinburgh
The Palm Court at the Balmoral afternoon tea was excellent ,the venue is beautifully fournished and has such a relaxing atmosphere
18 January 2017 by Joy Adams from Kinross
We had a fabulous afternoon tea at the Palm Court, Balmoral Hotel. The food was delicious. The surroundings and ambience was just perfect. The staff were friendly, attentive and helpful. Overall an excellent experience and we would certainly go back to the Balmoral again
5 January 2017 by Gillian Ross from Kinross
A lovely quiet sandwich lunch in a delightful venue. Waiters excellent, attentive and warm. Sandwiches served on large plate with salad and vegetable crisps. Tasty and filling. No need for scone or pastry as tea was served with delicious shortbread. A real haven away from the hubbub of Edinburgh.
2 January 2017 by Kathryn Carbone from Edinburgh
I think the Balmoral is getting tired. Have had afternoon tea here many times and liked it and yet this time has fallen flat. In order, tea was fine, amuse bouche creamy parsnip soup underseasoned and overly sweet tho nice texture, savory tray of sandwiches standard fare though the coronation chicken was tasty. Scones teeny but perfect with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Sweets definitely the low point with pistachio choux emitting a horrid green custard, crunchy and stale and tasting faintly of peanut butter, the raspberry muffin dry. The tasty chocolate converted caramel pastry was a high end version of millionaires shortbread (gold leaf not necessary). Small gifts at the end fun. No usual cake cart to end either. Harpist excellent. Probably have had my last tea here.
27 December 2016 by Helen Preston from Edinburgh
Perfect Boxing Day treat. Calm and tranquil setting. Attentive staff. Exquisite food.
20 December 2016 by Sandra Ritchie from Edinburgh
I liked the harpist and the surroundings were lovely.Staff were very helpful.
19 December 2016 by Irwin Platts from Edingburgh
Wonderful experience.Highly recommend.
17 December 2016 by Libby Campbell from Edinburgh
Pleasant surroundings where one could talk and enjoy the tea, the excellent food and pleasant service. However, towards 5.30pm or so, the more 'noisy' revellers were beginning to arrive.

Palm Court at The Balmoral

The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh Ltd, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ

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