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Clarinda's Tearoom

Sandwich Cafe

2.7 out of 5 2.7/5 from 3 reviews (add your opinion)

69 Canongate
Edinburgh
EH8 8BS

Phone: 0131 557 1888

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2.5 from MartinR (88%) on December 7th, 2009 (7 years ago)

Clarinda's Tearoom, 69 Canongate, EH8 8BS, Edinburgh

Clarinda's is situated at the lower end of the Royal Mile, perfect for taking in some home cooked treats and hot beverages after a traipse around the Scottish Parliament building or Holyrood.

As evening descends, the small unassuming facade starts to look more than welcoming as the candles in the window illuminate the glass and the breath of the day's conversation forms condensation on the window.

Inside, you will find yourself transported back in time to a very traditional, prim, tea shop. The walls are festooned with plates and photographs of eras and people long since departed, and the antique tables and chairs are kitted out in proper tablecloths, with the side dresser piled heavy with fresh, beautiful home baking, enough to block even the strongest of arteries. Cake stands are adorned with doilies, tea arrives in proper china, and the place is named after Robbie Burns' mistress (who is buried closeby in the graveyard behind the Royal Mile). Yes, it's all very, very tourist-grabbing.

However, the food here is actually very good. The pastries and scones are all home baked daily and sell out reasonably quickly. The menu has a variety of home cooked dishes, traditional on the whole, but with the occasional surprise. If it's available, I suggest wholeheartedly that you try the home made broth. It is splendid!

Clarinda's is rarely not busy, so there isn't the option of feeling like you can sit and order another pot, or while away the hours with conversation. However, you can relax amongst the chatter of other tables, and indulge in an extra helping of real butter on that oh-so-tasty scone.

The only drawback is the attitude of the staff. The service is perfunctory and nothing to complain of. But for an establishment that endeavours to be homely, cosy, and welcoming, the staff could try to occasionally break a smile and at least pretend they're happy to serve you. Our order was begrudgingly taken and sullenly dispatched without a word, and when we asked for the bill, it arrived and the waitress turned her back and walked away before she even remembered to leave go of it. Unfortunately, it's the service that loses Clarinda's at least half of the stars I would, otherwise, have given.

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3.5 from EmmaR (69%) on November 17th, 2009 (7 years ago)

Clarinda's Tearoom, 69 Canongate, EH8 8BS, Edinburgh

Clarinda's is on the tourist trail along the Royal Mile, near Parliament. A modest little place on the outside belies the lace and fancy on the inside. This place is a traditional little tearoom with old paintings and photographs on the wall and cakes stands on a sideboard.

The prices are not bad I guess. For four of us, the total was just over £12 for two coffees, a tea and a hot chocolate accompanied with three scones and a piece of cake.

The food itself was average really but there is a lot of choice and we did visit at the end of the day, which could have led to the cakes getting a bit dried out. There is other food on offer such as soups and sandwiches if you are looking for something more substantial. The drinks were nice and were welcomed in the cold weather.

This place is worth a visit if you like that sort of thing and definitely a touristy thing to do.

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2 from PamP (12%) on September 15th, 2011 (6 years ago)

Clarinda's Tearoom, 69 Canongate, EH8 8BS, Edinburgh

“Disappointing and Rude”

My daughter, friend and I stopped in after a visit to HolyRood while the guys went next door to the pub. The tables are very crowded together, much more so than most other UK establishments we visited, the room was exceedingly hot and the service was below par. After our lunch, when I asked about the desserts, it is a tea room after all, the waitress indicated that there is a list on the menu, of which we were aware. I explained that we needed a bit of clarification for a few of the items and she ROLLED HER EYES! I made a comment to my table mates that "gosh, she rolled her eyes, we really are silly Americans." The food was just ok, except for the carrot cake which was excellent.

Visited September 2011.

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