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Radisson Collection

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Radisson Collection Hotel Royal Mile
1 George IV Bridge

+44(0)131 220 6666

Overall score: ★★★★☆

Update: Since the closure of Pumpkin Brown, this afternoon tea is no longer available. Radisson Collection is still open, but I’m not sure what the vegan offering is like there at the moment.

Disclaimer: In exchange for this post, my dining companion and I ate here free of charge. The opinions expressed in this article remain my own.

A few months ago I was asked by the Radisson Collection Royal Mile to contribute to a super-secret upcoming project: a completely vegan and gluten-free afternoon tea in collaboration with Grassmarket health food legends Pumpkin Brown.

I had a wonderful day sampling lots of delectable treats, giving my feedback on the bits I loved and offering tips on what could be improved.

A few weeks later the afternoon tea finally launched to an eager reception, and I’m delighted to see that it has gone down well with Radisson Collection punters so far.

The offering has been in the public realm for a while now, so when Radisson Collection invited me back to try the finished article I simply couldn’t say no! I went along with my friend Michelle from Oh Sew Vegan to try it out.

Vegan-friendly, gluten free and free from refined sugar, this afternoon tea has been carefully crafted by the Radisson Collection and Pumpkin Brown to be enjoyed by all, whatever your dietary requirements.

Vegan afternoon tea at Radisson Collection, Edinburgh

The vegan and gluten-free afternoon has a set food menu, served with your choice of tea and/or a cocktail of your choice – ask your server which of the concoctions are suitable for vegans.

Here’s what you’ll get:

The savoury bits

  • BBQ pulled jackfruit and coleslaw sandwich on gluten-free bread
  • Mini vegan quiche
  • Avocado and cucumber roll
  • Hummus, almonds, oriental vegetable wrap
  • Roasted squash, quinoa and citrus salad (sunflower seeds, steamed broccoli, rocket croutons, lemon and cumin dressing)

The sweet bits

  • Scones with vegan clotted cream and homemade jam
  • Chocolate berry cheesecake
  • Lemon blueberry cheesecake
  • Chocolate nut cake
  • Lemon and raspberry tart
Teas at Radisson Collection, Edinburgh
First, you pick your tea…
Tea at Radisson Collection, Edinburgh
…enjoy a cuppa that’s freshly brewed
Vegan afternoon tea at Radisson Collection, Edinburgh
Fancy afternoon tea stand is fancy
Vegan savouries in the vegan afternoon tea at Radisson Collection, Edinburgh
Some of the savoury bits…
Vegan wrap in Radisson Collection Afternoon Tea, Edinburgh
Hummus wrap
Vegan salad as part of Radisson Collection Afternoon Tea, Edinburgh
Squash and quinoa salad
Vegan Quiche at the Radisson Collection, Edinburgh
Vegan quiche
Vegan scones at Radisson Collection, Edinburgh
Vegan sweets at Radisson Collection, Edinburgh
So many lovely sweet things!
Vegan scones at Radisson Collection, Edinburgh
Scones with jam

As far as afternoon teas go, this is probably one of the healthiest in the city, but it certainly didn’t taste like that. The sweet treats, such as the mini cheesecakes, were little bites of decadent heaven which I absolutely loved. The chocolate nut cake in particular was absolutely divine.

The savoury bits were really tasty too. My personal favourite was the squash and quinoa salad – I could have quite easily scoffed a full-sized bowl of it! I also enjoyed the vegan quiche, which had a little of a spicy kick to it.

The only part where I felt a bit left down were the scones. They were a wee bit hard for my liking, however considering they are gluten-free they still tasted good once covered in that moreish homemade jam.

The afternoon tea is currently £25 per person, or £32.50 with a cocktail. I would say its worth it. If you are vegan and gluten-free, you can still totally treat yourself!

Menu info: ★★★★☆
Deliciousness: ★★★★☆
Value for money: ★★★★☆

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Vegan afternoon tea at Radisson Collection, Edinburgh

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