Pink afternoon tea in Peacock Alley… Sounds dreamy huh? Well, this, believe it or not, wasn’t a dream. Although it certainly felt like one! Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh is currently serving a pink afternoon tea in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month with £5 from every tea sold going to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.Peacock Alley in the Waldorf Astoria is spectacular. It is a grand room which shows off the exterior of the former train station, and the original clock, made by famous Edinburgh jeweller, Hamilton and Inches. There is also an impressive skylight overhead, just like Waldorf Astoria in New York. Although there was no live entertainment during our visit, the stage twinkled. Pink cloths adorned the tables, like fallen petals. There literally could not be a better place to enjoy lunch. We were in for a treat.
Peacock Alley Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea was served in two courses; first savoury and then dessert. But before any of that, we were given a choice from 30 different teas. The tea menu was tea-riffic. I went for the Peacock Alley blend (when in Rome) and it was lovely. We then tried a pink tea called Cloud Catcher and it was also lovely. I felt a little like a princess. Between the pink tea, the pink table covers and the best bit (which I haven’t even got to yet), the pink food!
Pretty in Pink
Perfectly sliced sandwiches arrived; cream cheese and cucumber, prawn marie, ham, cheese and mustard and the cutest little quiche I’ve ever seen. The sweet part of the afternoon tea was as pretty as a picture. Berry and chocolate spheres, cherry meringue tarts, madeleines, rose macarons and perhaps the best bit, raspberry and lychee choux buns adorned with pink chocolate to look like little flamingos. This has to be one of the best-looking afternoon teas I have ever had.Afternoon tea is £35 per person for afternoon tea and £45 per person for champagne afternoon tea. I don’t know if my experience could have gotten any better, but champagne may just have swayed me. This was a very liberal afternoon tea, we actually ended up taking some of it up to our room for later as we couldn’t finish it all. Not that I was complaining, rose macarons with an Edinburgh Castle view aren’t to be snuffed at. It was perfection at Peacock Alley. You can book yours here. Enjoy!