Doors open to elegant dining experience

Afternoon tea on the menu in historic Library

Colonnades at SignetOne of Edinburgh’s treasured venues will be inviting diners to enjoy afternoon tea from next month when the Colonnades opens in the Signet Library.

The Library adjacent to St Giles’ Cathedral has teamed up with hospitality provider Heritage Portfolio and will have its own tea sommelier, Champagne experts, mixologists and an on-site pastry chef.

Colonnades will work in partnership with Scottish producers such as the Wee Tea Company and Summerhouse Drinks.

The interior of the neo-classical Library has just benefited from a £250,000 restoration Interior designer, Amy Schellenberg, who also worked with the Royal & Ancient, guided the process.

Robert Pirrie, chief executive of the Society of Writers to HM Signet, owners of the Signet Library, said: “This is a new era in the extraordinary life of the Society which goes back over 500 years to when the Signet Library was built for the Writers to the Signet as a library and meeting place at the height of the Enlightenment period in Edinburgh.

“Over the years the building has adapted and evolved with changing times. We are now opening our doors so the public can share this unique architectural gem with us.”

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