Afternoon Tea at The Old Waverley



“The Old Waverley is much more than a hotel, it’s an Edinburgh landmark”

My feet are still hurting from the amount of walking I did today and I’m exhausted but I just had to write this post ASAP and share my day with you guys because I had one of the loveliest afternoon’s in a long time.


I was so excited and eager to get myself dressed and out the door today as I was meeting the lovely Sarah Dickinson from for some afternoon tea. Sarah is a good friend of mine whom I have wrote ‘snail mail’ letters to for over a year now and who I keep in touch with regularly across various social media platforms. She was one of the first ever bloggers who reached out to me and welcomed me in to the community and I am eternally grateful to her for that. Sarah lives in England and as you know I’m from Glasgow, Scotland. She was down in Edinburgh for a few days sightseeing and we decided to meet up for a chinwag & some tea (or in my case: hot chocolate)… 

The lovely Hayley from also came along. I had never spoke to her before or stumbled across her in the blogging community but she was a lovely soul and also so easy to talk to! She was a friend of Sarah’s and I’m super glad I had the opportunity to meet her.


Sarah had made a reservation at The Old Waverley in Edinburgh, Princes Street, right in the heart of the city. I had never really been in Edinburgh before; I’d passed through but never really explored or ventured out anywhere – apart from a trip to the zoo last year!

Apparently The Old Waverley is notorious in Edinburgh and is known for it’s afternoon tea with a view: And now I know why.

I felt like royalty; sitting there in a throne-like chair in a fancy room with good music – not to mention the astounding view.

We got to choose a filled sandwich and a scone and we were surprised with lots of sweet treats (of the chef’s choosing). There was a good variety of deserts there for us – but we couldn’t eat them all after our lunch. We were stuffed. The hot chocolate was heavenly – very rich but lovely all the same. I had two pots of it all to myself. I thoroughly enjoyed my scone with jam and cream. Quick question: What do you put on first? The cream then the jam? Or the jam then the cream?

It was honestly such a pleasant afternoon. I truly enjoyed myself and definitely want to go back to Edinburgh now and explore it a bit more. After lunch, Sarah and I did do a bit of shopping and wandering, but not nearly as much as I would have liked. We had such an excellent catch up and it was definitely a day well spent.

I would go back to The Old Waverley. Definitely. I’d never had ‘Afternoon Tea’ before so this was my first time and it was such a great experience.

Thank you for a wonderful day Sarah and Hayley – and of course to the Old Waverley.


Charlene McElhinney






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  1. Kayleigh Zara
    March 1, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    I saw that you met up with Sarah today on Instagram and have been looking forward to this post since then! It looks like you had a great time and the afternoon tea sounds absolutely amazing, I love the sound of the deserts being picked by the chef! I’m not a massive fan of hot chocolate but it must have been amazing to drink two pots of it! I’m going to Scotland later in the year so I’ll hopefully I’ll be able to have afternoon tea here 😻 X

  2. March 1, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I’m so jealous that you got to meet up with Sarah, but I’m so happy that you had such a wonderful time! The spread at the Old Waverley looks absolutely delicious (I always put the cream on before my jam on the scones hehe)! The view looks stunning and the afternoon tea seems like a reasonable price too! I’d love to come up to Scotland soon and meet you!!

    Abbey 😇

  3. March 1, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely afternoon! The Old Waverley looks like a lovely place. I love having afternoon tea out, I once had one on a spa day for my 18th birthday. With scones I cut them in half and put cream on one side and jam on the other. That way you can have it so the jams on top and cream is on the bottom and vise versa. Hope you had a lovely day.

    Tasha x

  4. March 1, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely time with Sarah! I do love afternoon tea!

    Serena 🙂

    P.S. I always put the cream on first before jam!

  5. March 2, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Thank you for a lovely afternoon Charlene. Hopefully see you soon some other time 🙂

  6. StephsWorld
    March 2, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    This was such a great post. It looks like you had an amazing time and was lovely that you got to meet 😊

    Steph xx

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