Judge Irene Gorman praised the hotel for its "demonstration of exactly how special afternoon tea has become. The elegant surroundings make afternoon tea a memorable occasion and an experience to cherish, aided by delightfully friendly, efficient and knowledgeable staff, and with delicious food and teas faultlessly presented. It is easy to understand why this leading establishment attracts so many, both the young and the old, to take afternoon tea".
So what's on offer in the award-winning Garden Room? For a start, there are three different menus to choose from - The Honey Tea Menu, the Garden Room Menu and the Afternoon Tea Menu, which feature delights such as honeycomb pastries, the classics - freshly baked scones and toasted crumpets and fairy cakes with sugar flowers.
As for the tea selection - they've got everything from Chinese white tea to a peach infused green version and the Evergreen Tea can be washed down with a glass of rose petal champagne.
Sounds too good to be true? It's available for a relatively reasonable £28.50 per person or
£35.00 including a glass of Champagne. There are three daily sittings: 12:30pm, 3pm and 5:30pm. Find out more at The Athenaeum.
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The Perfect 10: Afternoon teasThe lowdown: Edinburgh's Tigerlily is the city's top boutique hotel. It's small and stylish but more importantly, its George Street location makes it the ideal place to stop for an afternoon tea break after a day of shopping. Choose from the Tigerlily Tea, complete with sandwiches, scones and cup cakes, or the less traditional but equally delicious Chocolate Tea. A Veuve Clicquot Tea is also available for a truly decadent Mother's Day treat.
What's the damage: From £9.95 a person.
Point me in the right direction: Tiger Lily
What's the damage: All teas are £2.10 per cup.
Point me in the right direction: ATTIC Tea
What's the damage: Cream tea from £13 per person.
Point me in the right direction: The Manor House Hotel and Golf Club
What's the damage: £18 per person.
Point me in the right direction: Barnsley House
What's the damage: From £7.95.
Point me in the right direction: The Old Parsonage Hotel
What's the damage: From £19.95.
Point me in the right direction: http://www.thelowryhotel.com/
What's the damage: Tea for two is £34.00.
Point me in the right direction: http://www.searcys.co.uk/the-pump-room/pump-room/
What's the raspberry collins; it's dangerously delicious.£23.50 for the full works
Point me in the right direction: Bob Bob Ricard
What's the damage: From £8.25 for two people.
Point me in the right direction: http://www.bettys.co.uk/
What's the damage: Afternoon tea starts at £39.50.
Point me in the right direction: http://london.langhamhotels.co.uk/index.html