Great Places to Enjoy Afternoon Tea in East Lothian

August 10, 2018

One of life’s luxuries is a sumptuous Afternoon Tea served in beautiful surroundings. East Lothian, Scotland’s Food & Drink County is not short on great places to enjoy traditional Afternoon Tea.  There are too many places to mention them all but we thought you might like a few suggestions.  

From exclusive luxury hotels to intimate tearooms there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Carberry Tower

One of the great Castle Mansion Houses of Scotland, Carberry Tower is a multi-award winning, luxury 4 star Castle hotel with a highly acclaimed Bistro, situated just outside Edinburgh in scenic East Lothian countryside.

Homemade scones with fresh cream and jam, the finest selection of crustless sandwiches, home-made cakes, steaming coffees and beautifully infused teas; Afternoon Tea at Carberry also has the added flourish of a fresh fruit sorbet!

Not only can you indulge in a Champagne or Prosecco version but also on offer is a G&T Afternoon Tea!


Greywalls Hotel is uniquely situated on the edge of Muirfield championship golf course with stunning views over East Lothian and the Firth of Forth.  

Greywalls serves Afternoon Tea in a new Summer House Tea Room, set in the tranquil surroundings of this stylish Edwardian mansion.  

Select tea leaves from a unique tea menu and enjoy the Chef's savoury finger sandwiches, freshly made scones and selection of sweet delicatessens. A Champagne option is available or if you prefer you can choose to have tea and scones.

Nether Abbey

In the picturesque town of North Berwick, the Nether Abbey Hotel offers traditional Afternoon Teas, Cream Teas and a Champagne Tea.

As well as a choice of fine teas you will be treated to assorted finger sandwiches with local produce, fruit scones with a choice of preserves, butter and whipped cream and a selection of homemade pastries.

Dunbar Garden Centre

Ideally located just off the main A1 road in Dunbar, the Dunbar Garden Centre is popular with locals and visitors alike.

Afternoon teas comprise freshly brewed filter coffee or a pot of speciality tea, choice of sandwich fillings, scones with cream and jam, selection of home baked cakes and sweet treats. Gluten-free options are available.

Merryhatton Garden Centre

Just a short drive from Edinburgh, set in the rolling East Lothian countryside and close to the National Museum of Flight, Merryhatton Garden Centre also boasts a great café. 

Enjoy Afternoon Tea with a selection of delicious hand-made sandwiches, scones and cakes, served with coffee or a pot of tea.

While the café is not licensed, guests are welcome to bring their own fizz for a special occasion – glasses are provided and corkage is free!

Smeaton Nurseries & Tearoom

This is a real hidden gem of a tearoom tucked away in an old greenhouse and walled garden in what is a well-established plant nursery in the pretty village of East Linton.

As well as lunches and snacks, Smeaton offers Cream Teas featuring homemade sandwiches and scones with a selection of teas or coffee in a relaxed atmosphere.

Archerfield Walled Garden

The Walled Garden is situated in Archerfield Estate just outside Dirleton. Afternoon Tea combines open sandwiches, sweet treats, fruit scone, cakes & bakes with the added bonus of a mug of chef’s daily soup!

For groups of 8 or more The Walled Garden Tea Party is perfect.  Celebrate an occasion with friends & family in style. This sharing afternoon tea is presented with true garden party chic and there is a Prosecco option!

Bringing your furry friend? A Dog Menu is available in the bar and outside tables. All of the pup grub and doggy drinks are nutritionally balanced, super healthy, and doggy diet dedicated.

Author: icreation