Eteaket is a pretty well-known name in Edinburgh. Their loose leaf teas are sold in cafes and shops all around the city, but they also have their very own tearoom, located just off George Street in the New Town, making it the perfect place to stop off for a wee refreshment during a wee day of retail therapy!
Inside, Eteaket looks sweet and girly with bright chairs and delicately patterned wallpaper. As you walk in, there is a small area dedicated to selling bags of the tea that is served up here – so if you like what you sup, you can get your very own supply when you leave!
Mr Bug and I went in for a spot of lunch and a cuppa, and we were both impressed with the large collection of teas on the menu, ranging from white tea, rooibos, green tea, fruit infusions and, of course, black tea. There is a handy leaflet on each table that helps you navigate this vast universe of tea, which helps you decide which tea to pick if you feel a bit overwhelmed.
The food menu is pretty much as you would expect from a tea room like this, with soups, sandwiches, cakes and bakes, as well as the option of afternoon tea. Mr Bug, true to form, went for the soup of the day, while I decided to be a big naughty and indulge in a fruit scone with cream and jam.
The teas arrived shortly after we ordered, served in large teapots with vintage and mis-matched cups and saucers. We were also given a small timer, which told us when our tea was ready and to remove the tea leaves from the pot – which I thought was a nice touch!
Mr Bug went for the spicy Bollywood Chai, whereas I decided to try the Creme Brûlée Rooibos. He really enjoyed his chai, and I thoroughly enjoyed my tea. Apparently it was made with real caramel pieces, which you could definitely tell with the subtle sweetness it gave the infusion. If you fancy something a bit different, I would really recommend it!
Mr B sampled the tomato and pesto soup of the day, served with the usual side of bread and butter. It was a nice wee portion and he enjoyed it, even though he said it was slightly too salty for his taste. Apart from that, it was quite tasty and easily polished off the whole bowl.
I treated myself to a fruit scone with jam and clotted cream. It was fairly sizeable and lovely and soft. The jam and cream went perfectly (as you would expect!) and it was the perfect accompaniment to my cup of tea.
Eteaket has a great reputation and it is well deserved. Its tea is fantastic and its solid food menu makes it an excellent tea room. Pop in next time you are in the city centre for a decent brew.
Eteaket (website)is at 41 Frederick Street, EH2 1EP. You can get there directly on the 24, 29 or 42, or get any city centre bus to Princes Street and walk up – its on the other side of George Street on the left hand side.