The new Cannonball afternoon tea
The new Cannonball afternoon tea

Afternoon tea near the castle is surefire winner

Foodies are being invited to drink in the views of Edinburgh Castle as part of a new afternoon tea created by pastry chefs at Cannonball Restaurant on Castlehill.

For the first time, people will get the chance to indulge in a traditional Scottish afternoon tea in the 16th century townhouse dining room at Cannonball, whilst enjoying unrivalled views of the Castle, Royal Mile and cityscape.

Diners will get the chance to enjoy a mouthwatering collection of finger sandwiches with seasonal fillings, delicate scones with Scottish smoked salmon, delicious petit fours and homemade baking items including 70% Valrhona chocolate treats.

Local produce on the menu includes Isle of Mull cheese scones, haggis from Findlay’s of Portobello, smoked salmon from James Dickson & Son in East Lothian, and seasonal produce from Contini’s very own kitchen garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Carina Contini, owner of Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, said: ‘We’re really excited to be launching our new Cannonball Afternoon Tea in time for Easter.

The new Cannonball afternoon tea

‘For the first time, Edinburgh residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy our freshly made afternoon tea treats set against the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and the word-famous city skyline.

‘At Cannonball we dedicate a huge amount of our time to sourcing produce direct from the very best suppliers from across Scotland, with 90 per cent of our ingredients coming from more than 70 trusted Scottish artisan producers.’

Carina Contini and her husband, Victor, also own the award-winning Contini George Street and The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant – located at the gardens entrance of the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.

The new Cannonball Afternoon Tea is now available Tuesday to Saturday, 3pm-4.30pm, for £25 per person. Cannonball is open 6 days in July (excluding Monday) and 7 days a week in August.

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