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Cafe, British, Scottish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Old Town
0.2 miles from Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this little cafe - beautiful decor and friendly staff - we didn’t have to wait long for table - lovely soup and slice and delightful cup of tea in old china. Worth finding this place (after reading reviews) and don’t forget to visit the...ladies bathroom!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Paid a visit to this delightful tea rooms after a tour of Holyrood Palace. Really enjoyed the cosy homely feel, tasty sandwiches and delicious home made cakes and treats. Great coffee and attentive staff. Will definitely return on our next visit to Edinburgh.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had soup with a roll and then the Crean Tea. On good note the roll that came with the soup (though tasted more like celery) was really big. Nice atmosphere and staff were friendly. The Cream Tea, scones cold 😕 We waited 5 mins...for Tea and coffee and had to ask when these would be served with the scones.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024

The best apple pie in Edinburgh, we have wanted to try this place for ages. We have missed out on many excellent afternoon tea treats. We will be back again soon and would recommend the bakes as they are made on site. Excellent delicious thank...youMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 November 2023

What a cute and charming place! We got here right at 11am and only had to wait about 15 minutes. Not that many tables here but they turn them over quickly. Tea was great, and my scone was probably the best I've ever had. Definitely...worth the hypeMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 October 2023

We went to Clarinda's Tea Room several times when we were in Edinburgh. They make the best scones & the best porridge in all of Scotland and London. Absolutely delicious with a side of homemade jam and clotted cream. Scones were true perfection and the...porridge was the creamiest we had anywhere. That along with a pot of tea or a latte for my husband was absolute heaven. On a rainy or sunny day, it's a lovely place to visit. The staff is amazing, so kind and efficient.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 October 2023 via mobile

We got there and the place was closed. Note on the door stating staff shortage. The local search site shows less busy than normal! Hello, closed!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 September 2023

After walking up to Arthur's Seat, we had lunch at Clarindas. I had chosen it in advance as it looked very homely and personal in the pictures - and hoped that we would manage to get a table even though there were 8 of us...and there were a lot of tourists in the city. And luckily it went well and we all had a delicious lunch in homely surroundings. Clarindas is also very close to Holyrood ParkMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023 via mobile

A quaint and quirky wee tearoom on the bottom of The Royal Mile. They were serving a limited menu due to staff shortages. Breakfast had finished so only options for lunch was soup and quiche. We opted for soup - minestrone which was a meal...in itself and Broccoli and Cheddar, both were delicious. Tea and coffee and a range of homemade cakes. Fab and fast service. We enjoyed our visit.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 21 August 2023 via mobile

Went here as it was close to our aparthotel. The cafe has eight tables, so there is usually a queue, but it moves as quickly as people eat. Each table has a live plant or flowers, with novelty salt and pepper shakers. It’s quite cozy...and there are things all over the walls that make it fun to look around and strangely reminded me of my grandma’s dining room (in a good way). The food was like something your mum would make at home; in other words, warm, tasty, satisfying and leaves you happy. The tea is also piping hot.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2023

This is a very small tea room so had to share a table with another single person. I ordered a mushroom soup with a brie toastie and a pot of tea. The mushroom soup was wonderful and looked and tasted of mushroom. The toastie was...overfilled with cranberry brie bacon so no room for a cake. Very clean toilet but soap dispenser empty i told a member of staff and they immediately changed it. Customer satisfaction is a priority. The prices charged are very reasonable. Well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 10 August 2023 via mobile

Beautiful venue, good variety of options on the menu, delicious food & the cake is amazing! Quaint tea room that's definitely worth a visit.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023 via mobile

The food at Clarinda’s is so delicious, it’s hard to imagine that the service and ambiance could be just as great! I have been interested in and taken afternoon tea for many years in many places and this tearoom is vastly under appreciated. The ambiance...is that of your granny’s home and the food tastes like she just made it fresh for you. I would be here every Sunday afternoon if I could!!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 25 July 2023 via mobile

It's cute, that's why you come here. We got a table for ourselves, but sometimes you're asked to share because the place is tiny. Staff inexperienced but friendly; service a bit slow, but the place was packed, can't complain. The cakes were outstanding! I had...a lovely slice of Bakewell tart, and my daughter had an amazing slice of fruit pie with scrumptious cream. Pot of tea for 2 had enough for 4 people. Bacon sandwich was stuffed, but the bread was average. The only proper downside was the incredible amount of Asian girls coming in to take a million pictures with their phones and blocking customers and staff! I wish the staff would intervene, but it's obviously great advertising for them. Very clean place.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 25 July 2023 via mobile

We stopped in here early afternoon. It is small but really lovely. Waited about 15 minutes for a table to become free. We had lunch and dessert which can be picked for the dessert table. Smoked salmon was so yummy. Soup was very good too....Victorian sponge was delicious. Staff were so efficient and friendly. They knew how to keep the tables going and move around the small area.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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I don't know, I stopped in on a Friday early afternoon, and was easily able to get a seat.
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Clarinda's Tea Room is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5