Mother’s Day falls on 6 March this year and you might still be lucky to be able to book Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea afternoon tea at the Printing Press served with the loose leaf tea of your choice and a glass of Champagne Lanson Rosé with fab hand-made chocolates for “Mum” to take away for £27.50. But if not, worth bringing mum back another day as afternoon is served daily from 12 noon – 5 pm.
I was invited for a preview afternoon tea at the very popular Printing Press – formerly The Tempest of George Hotel on George St which is going from strength to strength since it opened at the end of last year promoting quality Scottish- sourced ingredients when ever possible. Afternoon Tea is a total treat – as you would expect of this high class bistro.
I have to say I enjoyed the full works with no mother tutting – ‘do you really think you need another scone with raspberry jam and all that Stichill Jerseys clotted cream ( Brenda Leddy has been producing butter, cream and cheese for over 30 years from her dairy farm in Kelso. Stichill claims to be the only maker of clotted cream in Scotland. Their milk comes from their own herd of Jersey cows and they also create a wonderful range of home baking, quiches, tempting meringues, hand made butter, rich Jersey cream and cheesecakes which are sold weekly at the Edinburgh Farmers Market at Castle Terrace ) Anyway back to tea – the scones are warm, light and fluffy yet substantial to cope with load bearing jam and THAT thick yellow cream – almost like butter. I did have a sandwich first – as you should – fantastic range: Duck egg mayo & cress finger sandwich Red onion, thyme & goat’s cheese tart Uig Lodge smoked salmon, dill mayo finger sandwich Hand-picked crab, avocado, sieved egg Pumpkin & Parmesan scone with cream cheese. The crab and avocado is worth forgoing a scone…
Then the cakes: Lemon meringue pie, whisky & heather honey slice, Dundee marmalade cake, passion fruit macaroon, chocolate & orange choux bun, Ecclefechan tart – all served in small enough sizes, can try quite a few…. have to say the chocolate and orange choux bun is a new take on traditional eclairs and is the Terrys Chocolate Orange for grown ups.
I was very impressed by the choice of a small yet interesting range of black teas from China and India. I was keen to try Sri Lankan Lemongrass from Amba Estate, Ravanna Falls, Sri Lanka which is a complex and full-boded with lemon grass grown in a remote mountain tea garden above the Ravanna Falls, Sri Lanka. It was so fragrant and so refreshing.
And of course a glass of champagne is a delightful way to start any meal.
Afternoon tea is available as a set price or a la carte – set I would say is the way to go especially if you have a mother who is beady about your weight!