There’s nothing more Scottish than Edinburgh Castle and haggis, and there’s nothing more British than afternoon tea. Combine all three and you have Cannonball’s Traditional Scottish Afternoon Tea with haggis cannonballs, and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a view of Edinburgh Castle too.
Cannonball is run by the Contini’s a well respected foodie family who own and manage several locations around Edinburgh. It was a beautiful afternoon and we were offered a table that overlooked Edinburgh Castle, which was really quite magical – a view that never gets old, even if you’re a regular in Edinburgh.
We started with a couple of soft drinks and quite soon we were served our afternoon tea stand. We had a little soup shot to start which was vibrantly green and made us feel a bit healthy before the sugary onslaught.
The savoury selection included ham and egg sandwiches and featured both Scottish salmon and haggis – ideal if you are entertaining visitors who want a taste of Scotland.
Of course there were scones, jam and cream, and a selection of cakes and pastries – all cooked in house by their pastry chef . The highlight of these was a Lemon Posset with Scottish shortbread biscuit. We enjoyed it all with a refreshing glass of prosecco and THAT view.
Afternoon tea is a new offering at Cannonball which is located at the top of the Royal Mile, and as you can see by the orders lined up on the bar, it is proving popular. It’s not the most gourmet afternoon tea in Edinburgh, but it is most definitely a Scottish take, and it’s very reasonably priced for the location – just £25. Well worth booking if you need to entertain visitors or you’re visiting Edinburgh yourself.