Take Tea, Afternoon Tea, in Aberdeen

Taking a break to indulge in Afternoon Tea is a timeless treat. Savouries, scones and sweet treats prove a relaxing way to meet up, chill out and chat for hours. Aberdeen is proud of its larder – its baking, cereals, soft fruit and dairy production – so dishing up platters of the lightest sandwiches, fluffy scones, thick clotted cream, and the richest jams is second nature.

Skene House has three central properties in the city centre, with an array of Afternoon Tea options close by. If you wish to indulge in a cheeky prosecco along the way, then simply leave the car in our free, secure city parking and head out for an afternoon of treats. Our 24 hour reception staff are happy to book tables for you, book cabs, provide recommendations and directions, so all you have to do is check if it’s almost time for tea! Here are our Top Ten favourites…


Afternoon Tea at Almondine

1 Almondine – A definite highlight, which admittedly can be booked up weeks and even months in advance, is Almondine on Thistle Street. Famous for its macarons, it’s a tranquil escape, decorated in pale blue green hues reminiscent of a Tiffany’s jewellery box. The cake tier presented to customers is a delight. The bottom layer is complete with sandwiches and scones, a second tier is full of patisserie miniatures, and the top layer is macaron heaven. Perfection.
Afternoon Tea at Almondine is available Monday-Saturday from 12.00-4.00pm. It costs £24.00 per person, or add a glass of bubbles for £6.00 per person. A deposit of £10 per person is required in advance.
5 minutes from Skene House Holburn, 12 minute walk from Skene House Rosemount, and 12 minutes from Skene House Whitehall.

2 1906 Restaurant at His Majesty’s Theatre – For those with a passion for the stage His Majesty’s Theatre is located a few metres from Skene House Rosemount. Its café does a fine line in Afternoon Tea. Served Thursday to Saturday, from 12.00-3.00pm, sip, slurp and nibble whilst admiring views across Union Terrace Gardens.
Afternoon Tea costs £14.95 per person with £7 extra for a small bottle of Prosecco.
5 minute walk from Skene House Rosemount, 15 minutes from Skene House Holburn and 15 minutes from Skene House Whitehall.


3 Eclectic Fizz – Today a glass of fizz is as ubiquitous as the actual tea, so why not cut to the chase and head to the glamorous surroundings of Eclectic Fizz on Union Street. Here, as well as the sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea for £10, add Fizz, Cocktails or Champagne. A fizz tea cost £15 per person, add a cocktail for £17.50 per person, and go for a champagne treat for £20 per person.
10 minute walk from Skene House Rosemount, 13 minutes from Skene House Holburn and 18 minutes from Skene House Whitehall.

4 Granite Park – Renowned restaurant Granite Park offers ‘Tea in the Park’. And, as one of our partner restaurants, our guests can simply send the bill straight back to Skene House – simples! Think tea or coffee with raspberry tea cake, lemon & white chocolate mille-feuille, vanilla panna cotta, scones and sandwiches for £17.50 per person. Add a glass of fizz for £22.50 per person. Or go for the VIP treatment- £25.00 per person also includes a cocktail and canapés.
10 minute walk from Skene House Rosemount, 12 minutes from Skene House Holburn and 18 minutes from Skene House Whitehall.


5 Cup – For an escapist whimsical afternoon, with an Alice in Wonderland theme, drop by Cup Café on Little Belmont Street. A lovely touch are its herbal teas, which on hot, summer days, can be filtered over chunky lumps of ice providing a cooling drink when the temperatures rise. Or opt for a traditional hot cuppa! Choose between a menu of Luxury Afternoon Tea (£15 per person), Baby Cup Afternoon Tea (a miniature offering) at £8.50 per person, Chocolate Afternoon Tea for £12.50 per person and a Children’s Afternoon Tea for £6.50 per person for mini tea enthusiasts.
10 minute walk from Skene House Rosemount, 15 minutes from Skene House Holburn and 20 minutes from Skene House Whitehall.

6 Jojo’s Coffee Shop – Another central option where indulgence is the order of the day. For £12.95 per person, sit back and relax at Jojo’s on Belmont Street. Savoury and sweet treats are dished up with tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
10 minute walk from Skene House Rosemount, 15 minutes from Skene House Holburn and 20 minutes from Skene House Whitehall.

7 Corner Tree Café – Nestled in Aberdeen’s West End, Corner Tree Café on Whitehall Road is a bright, airy and informal eatery that is especially good for those lacking a sweet tooth. Its Classic Afternoon Tea is £12.95 per person is complete with sweet goodies, but there’s also a Savoury Tea for £13.95 per person comprising of sandwiches or wraps, freshly baked scones with jam & cream, house made mini quiche & sausage rolls, and tea or coffee. Add a cup of soup for £2 per person.
10 minutes from Skene House Whitehall, 15 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount, and 15 minutes from Skene House Holburn.

8 210 Bistro – If you’re looking for a harbour-side location, perhaps after visiting the Aberdeen Maritime Museum or shopping at Union Square, then book into 210 Bistro on South Market Street. Their Afternoon Teas are available on Saturdays only between 12.00-4.30pm, at £14.00 per person, £18.00 per person includes fizz, and £19.50 adds a cocktail. So sit back and let the waves, ships, food and drink take over your weekend.
23 minute walk from Skene House Rosemount, 25 minutes from Skene House Holburn and 30 minutes from Skene House Whitehall.


Children’s Afternoon Tea at Dobbies

9 Dobbies – A wonderful afternoon out with little ones, the children’s afternoon tea is a colourful delight, and the adult version is hugely satisfying. Afterwards get mesmerised by the fish in the aquarium, and browse the vast gift shop and garden accessories. A Traditional Afternoon Tea is £8.50 per person, Luxury Afternoon Tea is £11.00, and a Kid’s Afternoon Tea is £5.95 per child, which featured the cutest flower shaped sandwich, crisps, star shortbread biscuit, fromage frais, mini cake, chocolate dipped strawberries, marshmallows and grapes.
Just over a ten minute drive from the Skene House properties.

10 Pitmedden Garden – And for more green-fingered adventures, here’s one ‘out of town’ suggestion, the picturesque National Trust for Scotland’s Pitmedden Garden near Ellon. A beautiful rural escape, complete with a farming museum, its Afternoon Tea comes in at £9 per person.
A 35 minute drive from the Skene House properties.

And let’s throw another quality idea into the mix – Skene House itself! If you want a really personal, intimate setting, with complete control over the menu, adjusting Afternoon Teas to suit dietary requirements or personal preferences, then hold your very own tea in your Skene House apartment. With fully furnished kitchens you can store and chill all the creams, jams, scones, bread, cakes, smoked salmon, Parma Ham, cucumber, prosecco, cocktails or champagne that you desire. Put in a special request and we’ll organise an Afternoon Tea cake stand to be waiting in your room, and we’ll even furnish your fridge with goodies if a list is provided – we believe customer service is the ultimate priority.

Chilling out in your own Skene House Living Room is the ultimate luxury, catching up with good friends in peace, or throwing a surprise Afternoon Tea party in contemporary surroundings. And if you do add bubbles to the mix, your own bedroom is merely a few feet away at the end of the day! Cheers.

Discover more about our one, two or three bedroom suites at At Skene House you’re the one in control. Your own place. Your own kitchen. Your own bathroom. Your own bedrooms. Your own front door. Your own apartment. Skene House offers the Suite Life in Aberdeen. For more information get in touch at +44 1224 659 392 or email



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