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Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh

Posted on: February 8, 2012     |     0 comments

Where the opulence is ubiquitous…

After a morning of scaling the heights of Arthurs Seat and enjoying one of Edinburgh’s finest vantage points, my girlfriend and I decided to treat ourselves to a touch of grandeur, with Champagne Afternoon Tea at the acclaimed 5 star Prestonfield House Hotel.

As we made our way to the hotel through a residential area along the Preistfield Road we had relatively high expectations, given the superb reports we had heard and read. However what met us at the end of the road, far exceeded our expectations.

Upon reaching our destination we were transfixed like the children from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe having just discovered Narnia. We could scarcely believe we were just minutes from Edinburgh City Centre as we walked towards the beautifully lit country manor of Prestonfield House Hotel, with a stunning backdrop of Arthurs Seat soaring over it.  

An amiable host met us at the front door, dressed in the traditional Scottish garb, before we were then introduced to Robert, who would be our waiter for the afternoon. Robert allowed us a moment to peruse the menu and brought out two flutes of Billecart-Salmon Champagne.

After the effervescent opening we opted for cappuccino’s to accompany the imminent petit fours and scones. The deliciously indulgent treats soon arrived on a three tiered cake-stand along with a fine selection of finger sandwiches. We donned our sensible hats, and began with the savoury option, with my particular highlight being the prawn and lemon mayonnaise on brown bread option.

We then scanned the tea options and went for an old favourite, English Breakfast Tea. This would nicely complement the delectable scones that were served with clotted cream and a rich homemade raspberry jam. An hour had passed in no time, with Chopin lightly playing the background and the open fire crackling away, the idyllic ambience for such an occasion was wonderful.

We were now ready for the stars of the show, the petit fours. The cranberry financier was sweet and buttery; the dark chocolate éclair was rich yet light, the Clementine cheesecake was tangy but creamy and the caramel shortcake was velvety and decadent.

To finish, we ended with Darjeeling tea on the recommendation of our waiter, which would provide some much needed cleansing after two full hours of unashamed gluttony. The host then arranged for our taxi and was very obliging in allowing us to explore the other areas of Prestonfield House Hotel while we waited.

From the lavish decor to the celestial artwork on display there is absolutely no expense spared. And as we left that evening, such was our desire to return, we desperately tried justify another occasion that would be worthy of another trip back to the hotel… “Pay day?” … “Easter?”…  “Next Sunday!” …

I would wholeheartedly recommend the Prestonfield House Hotel to anyone, where the opulence is ubiquitous…

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