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Competition winner Bev Petty tells us about her recent visit to The Caledonian Hotel Edinburgh to enjoy Afternoon Tea.
Bev Petty was the lucky winner of our competition to win an overnight stay and Afternoon Tea at The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Edinburgh.
Following her recent trip she took the time to write and tell us how she got on...
Dear Afternoon Tea,
I was fortunate enough to win one of your competitions for a night's stay at the Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh and afternoon tea for two. As a thank you I thought I'd write a little review in the hope that you may be able to use it in the future.
On arrival at the hotel we were greeted warmly and shown to a beautiful room on the third floor. The room was everything we expected from such a grand hotel.
Positioned at one end of Princes Street, Edinburgh's main shopping district, the hotel was in the perfect location for both shopping and dining out, as well as sightseeing, especially with Edinburgh Castle right next door!
Afternoon tea is served in Peacock Alley, a delightful, modern, bright room on the ground floor. It has stunning decor and a wonderful atmosphere. It is certainly unique.
We were seated on comfortable armchairs with a low table, but there were various styles of seating to cater for larger groups too. The room is large enough to lose any chatter from other guests and it was lovely not to be seated with other guests being able to overhear our conversations, which gave for a more intimate feel.
We were offered three different champagnes and a large variety of teas, from the Caledonian Royal Scottish to Darjeeling, Nigiri and Jasmine. For coffee lovers there was a choice of speciality coffees too.
The afternoon tea was absolutely gorgeous. The sandwiches were fresh, with a variety of fillings and were accompanied by fruit and plain scones, with clotted cream and a selection of jams.
But the best bit of all was the pastries on the top tier. They were all extremely tasty and unique. My favourite had to be the raspberry mille-feuilles and my husband's was most definitely the mini battenburg. We could not eat it all and were most happy to accept the offer of a box to take home the goodies that were left.
All in all we had a pleasant and relaxing two hours, with extremely friendly and helpful staff taking care of us and making us feel welcome and not rushed.
If staying in Edinburgh again I would have no hesitation in popping back for afternoon tea or a cocktail or two and I recommend it to anyone visiting Edinburgh. It's a great place to fill your bellies and rest your feet after a day of shopping/sightseeing!
Thanks Bev - glad you enjoyed it!
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