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Peacock Alley – Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, Edinburgh,

Peacock Alley – Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh

4.6
4.6
261 Reviews
£41 and over
Afternoon Tea
Located in the heart of the hotel, the stylish sophistication of the new Peacock Alley will re-connect to all the glamour and traditions of the original Waldorf & Astoria Hotels in New York. The classic place to be, from morning to night. A comfortable lounge for residents to treat as their own, for breakfast, light lunch or afternoon tea. A discreet, professional welcome for informal business meetings; “the place to see and be seen” at cocktail hour; a convivial, attentive “club” in which to wind down at the end of the evening.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 07:00–00:00
  • Phone number
    0131 222 8832
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Ryan Macfarlane
  • Area
    Edinburgh
  • Parking Details
    The hotel car park is accessible off Rutland Street, at the rear of the hotel. Valet parking is also available for our guests.
  • Public Transit
    The hotel is ideally located at the west end of Princes Street, only five minutes in a taxi from either Waverley or Haymarket train stations.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Bright & Beautiful Traditional Afternoon Tea

    £60.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our Afternoon Tea at the iconic Peacock Alley. Located in the heart of the hotel, the stylish sophistication of the new Peacock Alley will re-connect to all the glamour and traditions of the original Waldorf & Astoria Hotels in New York. The classic place to be, from morning to night. A comfortable lounge for residents to treat as their own, for breakfast, light lunch or afternoon tea. Please be advised that we require 24 hours notice for all bookings and to accommodate all allergies and dietary requirements. We cannot guarantee that your reservation will be confirmed if it is made after this period.
    Bright & Beautiful Traditional Afternoon Tea photo

What 261 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Good for special occasions

  • Edinburgh

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Edinburgh

    Good for special occasions

261 Reviews
  1. chrisy

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great quiet with beautiful live music excellent staff and service go try it

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  2. Robert

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had afternoon tea. The food was excellent (couldnt finish it all!) and a great selection of teas available which were regularly refreshed. Staff were all really warm and welcoming.

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  3. ChristineS

    Aberdeen

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful afternoon in beautiful surroundings. Music ( both piano and harp) were perfect. We enjoyed the whole experience.

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  4. KarstenH

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a lovely relaxing environment with lovely music and friendly attentive staff (thanks Iona), and a really thoughtful selection of cakes and treats. Comfy chairs and no trying to rush us out.

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  5. ScottS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A sublime fine dining experience & quite possibly the best meal we’ve ever eaten. The setting was just the right amount of luxurious but not at all pretentious or intimidating & very comfortable. The service was exemplary but personable & definitely added to the experience. It wasn’t a place that was on our radar, but is now & I can’t recommend or praise it enough. Truly worthy of a 10/10 culinary rating, with every dish a masterpiece & every taste a delight.

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  6. Dawnie

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely afternoon tea, lovely surroundings with beautiful music by a harpist

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  7. Gill

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best afternoon tea I’ve ever had. 6 savoury 2 scones and 6 cakes which were all delicious. Service was exceptional with a shout out to Anna who made us feel very special. Her customer service was above and beyond.

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  8. ColinS

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is an ideal location for a civilised afternoon tea. Quiet enough to talk, spacious enough not to be overheard, and enough food to seriously consider skipping dinner. Thank goodness for the ability to box up the delicious cakes that I couldn't manage at the time. It is not the cheapest Afternoon Tea in town, but the quality is superb.

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  9. SarahT

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A super large (we needed a takeaway box) afternoon tea. Service was great, staff all very attentive. The food was very good, scones particularly nice, but the sandwiches were a little tricky to eat ( served on ciabatta bread) so I've dropped a star for that.

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  10. MargF

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second afternoon tea experience at Peacock Alley, this time for my birthday. It is such a beautiful location, and the staff are always welcoming and friendly. The tea, particularly the cakes, are exquisitely presented - and it all tastes delicious too. If I were to have one tiny criticism it would be that my friends vegetarian option savoury dishes were a little uninspiring. But otherwise it was a glorious afternoon made even more so by the little birthday touches you provided. Thank you.

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  11. JulieR

    Edinburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here for Afternoon Tea. Lovely day and wonderful experience. Will definitely recommend

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  12. SharonM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were so lovely and friendly in a genuine way. Just a lovely experience.

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  13. SusieC

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my mum here for her belated birthday celebration since the weather stopped us from attending in December. We are both allergic to wheat and gluten and I just felt like everyone went above and beyond for us in every way. We didn’t miss out on any food, the gf adaptations were incredible and the surprise happy birthday plate was brilliant. Staff couldn’t do more for you and were so knowledgeable about the afternoon tea and the gluten allergy. All round we had a brilliant time and it was made special by everyone who served us. Thanks again!

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  14. ArthurB

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had afternoon tea for a birthday celebration. One word describes the whole experience- PERFECT. We were served by lovely Isla and another young lady whose name we did not get. Both were friendly, attentive and extremely professional. The food was delicious, the surroundings extremely comfortable and our welcome and farewell at the reception desk was extremely kind. Our thanks to all the staff who made our afternoon so memorable.

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  15. StevenM

    Ayrshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Afternoon Tea is 10/10 (vegan menu). A real 5 star experience. The service is wonderful, from the minute you sit down. Extremely knowledgeable staff, who are patient and very helpful. The ambiance is wonderful, a pianist and harpist perfectly complimented the beautiful room.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Order-taking finally came after 25 minutes; waitress had no ability to help inform our tea choices; 20 minutes later no afternoon scones/tea. Had to prompt a waiter. Waitress came back to inform us no scones available (for an afternoon tea special booked 3.15!) I left under time constraints t having had no tea/food. Completely ruined my treat for long-last relatives not seen in 19 years.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Expérience décevante. Les plats salés sont bons mais les pâtisseries sont totalement démodées et dénuées de tout intérêt gustatif. De surcroît l’afternoon tea nous a été facturé pour 4 adultes alors que nous étions avec deux enfants. Le service est de qualité.

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  18. MarcellaT

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It wasn’t elegant , food size too big, pastries too “fake” looking … very good service

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Hard to tell it was New Year’s Day very short staffed

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience of the actual place is actually beautiful, the waiters super friendly and nice. However service super super slow. Savory were excellent. Sweets and scones disappointing. Such a shame for such a beautiful place !

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  21. dawna

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance of the Waldorf cannot be beat. The waitstaff was amazing. The amount paid for the tea was extravagant when the food itself was subpar. We had tea while in Ireland which the food was amazing and this one definitely left me wanting. I would recommend for other foods just not the afternoon tea

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  22. Lorrainel

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Festive afternoon tea for my sisters 60th birthday. Our servers were Emily & Iona and both were friendly and attentive throughout. Food was amazing, well presented and the cocktails delicious. I would recommend a visit, especially for a special occasion.

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  23. Karina

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Iona was amazing! The manager was so friendly - what a wonderful experience for our family holiday

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  24. ShonaB

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food - a beautiful selection of savoury and sweet treats - but service could have been far more attentive for this price. Also suggest a table away from the bar area- the automatic doors to the car park open as people come and go, making that area prone to cold draughts. We had to ask to be moved.

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  25. LucyC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, lovely afternoon tea, sandwiches were mediocre, one sandwich with slightly dry bread. Cakes amazing!

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  26. Criticmtl

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere, great service, excellent food. Only hiccup was we were located next to the door that was connected to an outdoor entrance so we had a few moments of chills.

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  27. MandKW

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely delicious Afternoon Tea which was creative and beautifully presented. Lovely, attentive staff but the initial table service was extremely slow; taking 45minutes from our group being seated to receiving our first pots of tea (waitress explained there was a shortage of tea pots) and another 15minutes after that for the first of the food to arrive. Despite the slow start it was still a beautiful Festive treat which we enjoyed.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Disgusting dog food that humans should stay away from

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  29. KellyH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Festive tea was wonderful. The food was excellent and service was very good.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous service in a lovely space; the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. It’s pricey but we booked as a Christmas treat. We just ordered off the menu - our sandwiches were delicious and the teas we ordered were very nice indeed.

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  31. MarkE

    Dubai

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Just not good value for money at £65 each. There's a certain finesse to afternoon tea which was missing here. Sandwiches should be dainty fingers, these were like something from a builder's lunch box. And the chick pea coleslaw sandwich was a typical, thoughtless "one for the vegans" affair. The waitress was wonderful. She was friendly, attentive and informative. But the overall experience was more like a £25 afternoon tea.

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  32. BrendaL

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very expensive don't think it prob worth it vat isn't added on so bill more than expected offered water and paid had to pay for it

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  33. DonnaA

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely area and our company was good but the service was not as good as I’d hoped for the Waldorf.

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  34. GillianM

    Perthshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service we received was very friendly and of a high standard. The afternoon tea itself was rather underwhelming - all style and no substance. The savoury selection was not particularly tasty and the cakes, while they looked nice, were overwhelmingly sweet - each one tasting pretty much the same as the others. We didn’t even eat half of what we were served. Having had an enjoyable “normal” afternoon tea at The Caley previously, I think they would have done well to have stuck to what they’re good at. At £65 per head, I don’t think it was unreasonable to expect something grand of our scones, cakes and sandwiches, but our experience fell well short of the mark. We were left feeling hungry, cold and disappointed. Peacock Alley is a lovely setting. However, every time the door to the corridor towards the toilets opened (many, many times), a huge gust of very cold air blew over us. This definitely needs to be addressed as we ended up feeling cold.

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  35. NormaP

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First class service. Food was excellent and the little extras that we got for our 40th wedding anniversary just made it extra special. Staff were polite and efficient

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  36. AudreyM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the experience, beautiful setting, excellent service, very helpful staff, stunning cakes!!! Our sandwiches were lovely and tasty but could have been a bit more dainty. Although we enjoyed the lovely mulled wine we thought a glass of Prosecco could have been include considering the price!!! We did order Prosecco which didn’t exactly fill the glass which we thought was a bit mean. My friend had said that there was a pianist/harpist last time she was there. The ambience could have been even more special with the addition of a musician. We would consider visiting Peacock Alley again as it was a wonderful experience but possibly try a light lunch next time.

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  37. AndreaM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrating. A birthday and staff were attentive And warm welcome Food was presented superbly Taste was immense Ambiance was perfect and quiet way we lie it Beautiful room decorated with beautiful Christmas decor Staff are amazing even ladies room attendant Noticed more busy it got more staff were there to attend which is super bonus for us Very well organised 5 stars from us keep up good work we will return soon. Thank you

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  38. jamehoh

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited a week or so before Christmas with a group of friends for afternoon tea. We were all looking forward to something of a Christmas treat and afternoon tea at Peacock Alley did not disappoint. The venue is lovely, and the afternoon tea was top class. Service was great. Highly recommended, and we will definately be making return visits.

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  39. SuziM

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were wonderful as were the drinks. Lovely surroundings

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  40. MayG

    Newcastle

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    A very poor experience with ridiculously slow service. The manager was supposed to contact me yesterday evening but didn’t. Grossly overpriced.

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FAQs

Peacock Alley – Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh is rated 4.6 stars by 261 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Peacock Alley – Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh

Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

Additional information

  • Area
    Edinburgh
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 07:00–00:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    The hotel car park is accessible off Rutland Street, at the rear of the hotel. Valet parking is also available for our guests.
  • Public Transit
    The hotel is ideally located at the west end of Princes Street, only five minutes in a taxi from either Waverley or Haymarket train stations.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ryan Macfarlane
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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