Afternoon tea (otherwise termed “high tea”) is a noble affair by which thy face is stuffed with savoury creations, sweet delicacies, and buttery scones until thy face can be stuffed no more. In Edinburgh, the ultimate destination for such decadent face stuffing is Casa Angelina.
Yes, in my esteemed foodie opinion, Casa Angelina are purveyors of the finest afternoon tea in the city. You may be thinking, “Whoa Jess, that’s a big statement, maybe even a risky one. You sure about this?”. Yes, I’m 100% sure. Nay, %110 sure. NAY, FIVE HUNDRED PERCENT SURE. You could say I’m zealously confident about this.
I’ve indulged in afternoon tea at Casa Angelina countless times over the past 5 years. With every visit, I’ve assembled photographic evidence in support of my claim that this afternoon tea is “the one”. Here I’m laying it out on the table for you – the food jury – to come to a verdict and by the end of this post, I’m certain that you will agree that Casa Angelina merits the championship title. Side note: prepare yourself for a visual feast.
Located in the New Town of Edinburgh, just near Broughton Street, Casa Angelina is a patisserie, tearoom, and food heaven all in one. The café is tucked away down a set of stairs with decor reminiscent of your grandmother’s living room. The tearoom warmly welcomes you in and beckons you to stay a while.
The Owner & Chef:
The proprietor of this fine establishment is Marie Claire Semeraro. She is a sorceress in the kitchen with a talent for creating flavourful and inventive food. Everything at Casa Angelina – the salads, the bread, the sandwiches, the desserts – is made in house by Marie Claire. As if that weren’t enough, the afternoon tea menu changes regularly. Marie Claire likes to keep the afternoon tea selection fresh and interesting. Let me put it this way: I’ve enjoyed her afternoon tea at least 6 times and I’ve never had the same thing twice. On to the food…
The Savoury Selection:
The first thing you need to understand about Casa Angelina’s afternoon tea is that it doesn’t dabble in the realm of dainty finger sandwiches. If you were expecting those typical cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off, then dispel that image from your mind IMMEDIATELY.
Casa Angelina pushes the boundaries with creative savoury concoctions that will surprise and tickle your taste buds. Marie Claire’s goal is to wow patrons with unconventional delights that leave a lasting memory and it’s safe to say that she does this extremely well. I should also add that I have absolutely loved every savoury item that I’ve eaten.
So what can you expect on the savoury tier of your afternoon tea? Avocado sushi, Vietnamese spring rolls, brie and red onion marmalade pretzel sandwiches, spanokopita (triangular phyllo parcels of spinach and feta), and goats cheese and red onion quiche are a few examples. I’ve also had sanchoy bao salad (wild mushrooms, ginger, garlic, coriander, peanut) and polenta muffins topped with mozzarella, parma ham, and homemade pesto. From this selection alone, it’s easy to see how Casa Angelina spoils its customers with innovative and varied creations.
The Sweet Selection:
The sweet treats included in afternoon tea are equally as impressive as their savoury counterparts. Be warned: indulging in afternoon tea guarantees a food coma. As someone with a vivacious sweet tooth, I particularly look forward to the sweet tier. What I especially love about Casa Angelina’s afternoon tea is that the sweet treats have a distinctive and refreshing flair. Marie Claire manages to seamlessly bring together a range of ingredients and flavours that will have you wanting more even though you’re absolutely stuffed to the brim.
I never regret consuming these rich desserts because they are just too good. I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a wide selection of afternoon tea sweets including lemon mascarpone éclairs, red velvet cheesecake, and rhubarb meringues with chantilly cream. I’ve also had banana panna cotta, buckeye (chocolate and peanut butter) cake, Boston cream doughnuts balls, and oatmeal cookie sandwiches with raspberry jam and chocolate ganache. Swoon.
Understandably, the range of delectable desserts will keep you coming back for more. The dessert selection in the afternoon tea also changes regularly, so you can rest assured that you’ll be spoiled and surprised with every visit! I’ve had cakes at other cafes in Edinburgh, but nowhere else compares to Casa Angelina. The desserts are always moist, fresh, and expertly made, so why go anywhere else?
Festive Afternoon Tea:
December is a great time to treat yourself to afternoon tea at Casa Angelina because the festive flavours come out in full force. This year, the festive afternoon tea blew my mind. I loved it ALL. Every. Single. Bite. The sweet selection was top notch: eggnog éclairs, gingerbread cake with cream cheese icing, mince pies (SO GOOD), rose pavlova topped with homemade lemon curd and cherries, and tiramisu cupcakes (chocolate cake with coffee flavoured icing on top and mascarpone cream inside). After eating all this, I somehow loved the place even more. I didn’t even think it was possible.
The Scones and Tea:
The scones at Casa Angelina are predictably incredible. They crumble beautifully and boast a rich buttery flavour. Not only are the scones great, but they are served with homemade jams and fresh vanilla cream. The jam flavours change as well (variety is the spice of life at Casa Angelina), but I particularly love the raspberry jam, the plum jam, the lemon curd, and any jam with rosemary in it. Alongside the freshly whipped cream, the jams take the scone experience to a whole ‘notha level.
The teas at Casa Angelina are supplied by Eteaket, makers of loose-leaf tea in Edinburgh. The tea selection is wide, with flavours like strawberries and cream, Bollywood chai, gunpowder green, chilli rooibos, chocolate tea, and of course a classic breakfast tea. Afternoon tea at Casa Angelina includes unlimited tea, which is a major perk because you can sample different teas during your stay. Three tiers of amazing food and unlimited specialty tea – does it get any better?
Whenever you think of afternoon tea, you should without a shadow of a doubt think of Casa Angelina. The food is high quality, everything is made in house, the tea is unlimited, and the entire experience will change your perception of afternoon tea for life. I have taken family, friends, and coworkers to Casa Angelina for afternoon tea and every time, we have left with full bellies and rave reviews. It is easily one of my top food recommendations for Edinburgh!
So if you live in Edinburgh and you haven’t yet experienced afternoon tea at Casa Angelina, make a booking immediately! And if you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh, do not miss out on this afternoon tea! Contact them (links below) and reserve your place! I promise you’ll leave with happy pinchables and if you go, tell them Jess sent you!
- Booking in advance is essential. Make your reservation by phone, by email (through the website) or via Facebook (links above).
- The ideal booking time is between 12pm-2pm to ensure that you have plenty of time to enjoy the experience.
- Gluten-free and vegan afternoon tea is available and made on request. Make sure to advise of any dietary requirements when making your reservation.
- Don’t eat too much before going for this afternoon tea. It’ll be worth the small sacrifice, I promise.
- The entire tearoom is available for private hire (ideal for hen parties, birthday parties, and big groups) and the afternoon tea is sure to please all your guests.
- BYOB is available with a small charge for corkage. Bring on the prosecco!
- Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.