We arrived on a Thursday afternoon. Luckily for us, the sun was shining as we made our way to the Eteaket tea room on Frederick Street. Eteaket is famed for its teas, and they supply many local restaurants and other cafes. The tea room itself is quite spacious and full of customers, which shows how popular it is. As well as teas, light lunches and afternoon teas are also on the menu; something to suit any occasion. I opted for a high tea, with Royal Earl Grey tea.
The high tea is priced at £8.45 and includes half a sandwich of your choice (I had Scottish Ham and Cheddar Cheese), scone (fruit or plain) and a mini cake (I think I had lemon cake). Tea is also included. Eteaket uses loose leaf tea, good quality and better tasting. The waitress also brough a mini timer. When the sands run out, the tea has brewed for long enough and is ready to drink after you remove the filter.
What a beautiful cup of tea! The food was tasty and filling too, making it a great value high tea. The tea room also sells tea bags, tea leaves, teapots and timers if you wish to recreate the Eteaket experience at home. This is also available on their website.
We stayed at the Ibis Hotel off Royal Mile, a short walk from the station and easy to travel to the main tourist hotspots. Prices for hotels are quite high in Edinburgh and I would advise you book early as you can. The staff were friendly and welcoming. The room itself is quite clean, save for a little dust on the windowsills. Every morning, fresh towels and replenishments of tea, coffee and biscuits are given. The beds are quite comfy and the sleep was ok, we had no problem with noise. Criticisms of the room include the size of the room, the placing of the power outlets (a little inconvenient) and the remote control for the television failed to work (but who goes on holiday to watch TV?). There was an issue when our key cards to get into our room failed to work, but the problem was quickly rectified by staff. Overall, the hotel was good value and includes a lot of basics: wifi, hair dryer, Twinings tea(!), coffee, biscuits, towels, shampoo/shower gel and a kettle.