It’s no secret that we love cake, and we have also been known to enjoy an Afternoon Tea or two. So when we were invited to the launch of the Colonnades at The Signet Library we jumped at the chance. The Signet Library became a favourite of ours when it opened its doors every August, but now you can enjoy this pleasure all year round.
We were seated for the main event and some fizz was poured by the immaculate staff. We were served a little amuse bouche of gourgeres, which we can safely say we could have eaten over and over again.
Our stand of savoury delights then arrived and we were blown away by the variety and the presentation.
The usual suspects of sandwiches were present, but a delightful selection. Egg mayonnaise topped with a quails egg and caviar (for that luxurious touch) and a Ramsay’s of Carluke honey roast ham with Arran mustard mayonnaise.
The other savoury items were equally as good. A light and fresh prawn cocktail, a mini Aberdeen Angus burger, smoked applewood cheese and celery tart, a mozarella bocconcini and sunblush tomato, a goats cheese mousse and finally Edinburgh Gin infused smoked salmon on oatcakes.
With the bar set high with regards to quality we eagerly awaited the arrival of our stand of sweet items, and it did not disappoint.
From the top we had a rhubarb fool, blood orange jelly and a very moreish lemon meringue tart.
On the next layer there was a Belgian chocolate and sea salted caramel tart, a strawberry mille feuille and a passion fruit and mango eclair, which was the highlight for us.
On the bottom were two lovely scones (served warm) with jam and clotted cream. Our final treat came as a surprise, a palate cleanser of lemon sorbet and was a lovely way to finish a magnificent afternoon tea.
We washed all this down with fizz and fabulous teas blended in Scotland from The Wee Tea Company.
The afternoon tea can be made to suit various dietary requirements, including gluten free, with advanced notice.
The Colonnades opens its doors on the 4th June 2015 and we think this is one afternoon tea you should definitely try for yourself.
Other menus are also available if you’d like a snack and/or drinks. A full afternoon tea is £30 per person.
Highly recommended from us.