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In a first, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square is reinventing traditional afternoon tea by launching Twilight Tea, offering locals and visitors the chance to indulge in an elegant twist on afternoon tea, served in The Garden from midday until late into the night.

From tomorrow 9 February 2018, guests can relish a distinctive collection of sweet and savoury delights, served alongside tea or coffee, with prices from £22.50 per person.

As well as extending the hours of traditional tea, The Garden has introduced further twists, such as savoury and sweet tapas dishes served noon until night. The menu includes Smoked haddock and leek fishcakes, Smoked salmon, cream cheese and caviar, and Dukkah sausage rolls. Those with a sweet tooth will not be disappointed as the new menu offers a collection of fancies including Chocolate and tahini brownies, Crystalised ginger loaf, and Pistachio and pumpkin seed granola bars. For those in the mood for an extra ‘kick’, the Twilight Tea menu includes a choice of hot toddies, Scottish slings, and Champagne by the glass.

The Garden is also set to launch vegan and vegetarian versions of the Twilight Tea, offering something for everyone with meat- and dairy-free dishes, including Eggs florentine, Veggie haggis fritters, Hummus served with crudité and onion crumb, Ginger loaf, and Lemon and blueberry drizzle.

The Twilight Tea will be served seven days a week between midday and 10pm in The Garden, at the hub of The Principal Hotel and a magical oasis in the heart of Edinburgh. In the evening, the space takes on a magical feel, thanks to the twinkling lighting and unique interiors.

Johan Scheepers, General Manager, said, ‘At Principal, we recognise that afternoon tea has long been a quintessentially British tradition, but our modern lifestyles mean that our working days and weekends have changed.  We wanted to offer visitors, hotel guests and our neighbours the chance to enjoy afternoon tea both day and night.  Whether you’re looking for a light bite after a long day in the office, or just want to relax and catch up with friends, our Twilight Tea is the perfect choice.’