Living in this wonderful city, I often forget how lucky I am to live here. The Royal Mile, the Castle and quirky buildings makes it a tourist mecca which is non more evident than during August for the festival but to be honest, you just need to step outside most days of the year and you’ll see tourists taking photos of just about anything.
The Royal Mile is spectacular, and heading up towards Edinburgh Castle you are met with a wonderful Gothic building called The Hub. It was built in the early 1840’s and is now home to the Edinburgh International Festival and is the Edinburgh ticket hub. It is a multi-functional space for performances, conferences and events and is busy all year round.
I went along to Cafe Hub to try out their Afternoon Tea.
The Cafe Hub isn’t your normal pretty venue that you would expect to spend a few lazy afternoon hours in; it’s more a practical flexible space that has to adapt to endless needs of its audiences that visit The Hub. Having said that, it is a calm oasis at the very top of the Royal Mile that will provide a cool space in which to relax and take the weight off – a retreat for tourists.
Looking around the venue, there are a mix of tourists and local office workers – all who are tucking into Afternoon Tea and at a very reasonable price of £25 for two, I can understand why it’s popular.
You can choose from a selection of artisan loose teas or freshly ground coffee. I went for good ol English Breakfast Tea and my dining partner chose the Apple and Cinnamon which smelt incredible.
Our Afternoon Tea arrived swiftly to our table with a jolly sense of occasion. How can savoury and sweet treats not put a smile on your face?!
Bottom tier is always the savoury element of an Afternoon Tea. A lovely selection of freshly made triangular sandwiches with no crust, just the fluffy white part. The sandwiches were ham, smoked salmon and cucumber & dill with a large healthy handful of green salad leaves in the centre.
Middle Tier – Scones with jam and cream. These scones were small and quite biscuity and a lovely hint of vanilla through them. The only down side is the cream tasted like squirty cream out of a can and really should have been clotted (but that’s just my preference). The jam was good.
Question is ….. are you a jam and then cream or cream and then the jam, kinda person????
Now for me the top tier is the best bit. I have a sweet tooth and this is my favourite plate. Here we had mini lemon meringue tarts, strawberry tarts and French macarons.
The mini lemon meringue pies were super tart (just how I like them). The crust was crunchy and the meringue light and gooey!
The macaron was fab. The outside had the slight crunch and give whilst the inside was slightly chewy. I think this was lemon and chocolate. No matter though, it disappeared in 2 bites!
The strawberry tart was a pretty little thing. The crispy crunchy wafer basket filled with cream and topped with strawberries. Perfect little morsels to end off a rather delightful afternoon tea.
Watch a wee video collage of elements from my Afternoon Tea here.
I really enjoyed my Afternoon Tea at the Cafe Hub. It’s not a place to linger longer and certainly not somewhere that I would take someone for a special Afternoon Tea Treat but if you find yourself looking for somewhere to chill out, relax but still treat yourself after a long day shopping on the Royal Mile or doing the tourist thing, then this is worth a stop.
The staff are friendly and the food is good. Taking into consideration the venue and the price point, I give this a Bronze Spoon which is 7/10.
Cafe Hub, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE Tel: 0131 473 2015 www.thehub-edinburgh.com/cafe
My Spoon Award : Bronze 7/10