Food and drink
Well it's cakes for a start: fresh, moist, delicious cakes of all sizes, shapes and discipline. Cupcakes, carrot cakes, fairy cakes and scones. I can also recommend the soup, sandwiches, tart, pate, pasta and my personal favourite - an Afternoon Tea like a banquet arrives on tiered plates scones, pastries, dainty sandwiches, cakes - a feast. Kids are very well catered for too, with their own menus and free squash for under 12s and toys!
Save up and have a major blow out with the Afternoon Tea.
Your eyes will be out on stalks when you clock the daily offerings go with your instinct. I do.
Their homemade giant fruit or plain scones are served warm with 2 pats of butter and wee dish of homemade raspberry jam. You could share it but don't - just enjoy yourself after all tomorrow is another day.
Coconut slice is huge, sweet and delicately flavoured.
So many specially blended teas, the have detox blends, straightforward morning teas and a myriad of others all described well and delivered in individual tea pots with strainers - there are no bags in this here parish - apart from the myriad of handbags resting under tables for hours as their owners indulge themselves.
The historic Churchill Theatre lends itself well to the Tea House world. Wafts of baking circulate, smiling staff, 1940's tinkly music in the background. Mixed vintage bone china cups, saucers and side plates. Each tea pot arrives in it's own hand knitted teacosy and strainer which just makes you say 'aaaww lovely ' out loud. It's so quaint and sweet, it's a modern take on ye olde tea shoppe of the past.
Informal, smiling, welcoming.
Once you have enjoyed your first cup or two just ask and they will top your teapot up with hot water so you can sip on for as long as you feel like.
In The Chuchill Theatre, Morningside. Morningside was where the quintessential Edinburgh lady was said to come from and, whether that's true or not, there is no doubt ladies from anywhere will love this. This is the top end of Morningside Road which in itself is a lovely area to explore with some great boutiques. It's a wee trek from the centre of town but if you really want a girlie treat...why not?
For the full Afternoon Tea, which is like a three-course meal, £14.95;
Home-made soup with bread £4.50; and more substantial dishes like tart of the day or lasagna for £9.50.
A pot of tea and one of those massive scones is £5.24
Coconut slice of other major cake £2.95 but they are all home made and it shows.
Tables to book
IIf you have more than 6 people you are encouraged to book.
Loopy Lorna's, Churchill Theatre is at 33a Morningside Road - nearer town, and they have a licence. Call 0131 447 3042 to make a booking.
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- People watching
- No fuss