Continuing on my foodie friend theme (and being totally spoiled) I was invited to celebrate my birthday with Afternoon Tea at The Howard Hotel in Edinburgh's New Town. It was raining when I arrived, and since I was early (cakey-karma meant no traffic) I thought I'd mooch around the hotel a bit. I was shown to the drawing room and waited, reading the paper and watching the rain outside. It certainly was idyllic and comforting.
My friend arrived and we were shown into the dining room. It was really sweet, only 6 tables...all beautifully set, all waiting for diners. We were the first there (and the last to leave) and so we picked a table by the window and got down to the business of cake and chat.
We were presented with the tea menu, and with loads to choose from we took our time going through it. At the end my friend chose a Jasmine tea and I went with the super powerful Lapsang Souchong...nothing like a gunpowder hit to start the weekend off.
We methodically made our way through the three tiers of sandwiches, scones and cakes. The jams and lemon curd were lovely and the clotted cream was served like a scoop of ice cream...even for us there was more than enough cream. We proudly finished everything on our cake stand, unlike some other tables...
We ate and chatted and laughed the afternoon away. The perfect way to spend a dreary afternoon and definitely the perfect way to celebrate my birthday!