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Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh - Queensferry Crossing
Queen Margaret's Pl,,
North Queensferry,
KY11 1HP
01383 427201.

There can be little better way to while away a Friday afternoon than sipping bubbles, nibbling at delicacies and admiring the view of the Queensferry Crossing now with its iconic three bridges. 

This restaurant which is part of Doubletree Hilton has ceiling to floor windows, the space is smart and polished and the staff are friendly and local. 

I start with some Prosecco whilst I wait for my friend Simone to join me and luxuriate in some people watching. Fish and chips have been ordered at the next table, the Josper Grill sizzles at the far end of the restaurant and the bar staff are polishing glasses ready for the night ahead. 

Our three tiers arrive not long after Simone and we start with the sandwiches. Tiny triangles containing tasty morsels of smoked salmon, ham, egg, cheese and pickle, goats cheese and fruity peppers take the edge off our appetites. Not all the sandwiches were tip top fresh. We are not talking curled corners more the odd dry mouthful.  Sometimes though, there is nothing more comforting that a sandwich and a cup of tea and in this case the tea was Earl Grey which arrived in a cute Suki pot. A wider range of teas would improve the offering. My favourites are Orange Pekoe and Lapsang Souchong but neither makes the list of about 6 or 7. 

Fancies form the second layer and there are some real treats here. First a moussy entremet which has good strawberry flavour and is light as a summer cloud. The billed stollen fingers are not available but instead we enjoy a lovely piece of cheesecake. Wee squares of lemon drizzle cake don’t look up to much but are deceptively ultra rich and lemony. The macarons are a bit of a disappointment as they needed to be a lot fresher to dissolve in the mouth as they should. They are a tricky one to master.

Scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam call for another pot of tea – this time peppermint to help with digestion. The scones are a little overdone but fresh strawberry pieces are a nice touch. 

So all in all a delightful place to enjoy an afternoon tea with a view; a wider range of teas and some attention to freshness is needed and if the kitchen could up their game in this respect they really would be onto a winner. 

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