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One Square
Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa,
1 Festival Square,
0131 221 6422

Gin is perhaps the quintessential English garden tipple and One Square has chosen Bloom Gin, a London Dry, to complement their current Afternoon Tea offering. The gin's floral flavours and three main botanicals, honeysuckle, chamomile and pomelo provide the inspiration for this exquisitely crafted celebration of summer.

One person sprang to mind to 'chum me' on my task of reviewing this Afternoon Tea, none other than my good friend The Dowager, a lady of impeccable taste and incisive judgement.

There is a choice of gin and tonic or tea/coffee and we opted for the former. Presented in a balloon glass with plenty of sparkly ice, colourful summer berries and effervescent Fentiman's tonic it is the ultimate summer refreshment.  

The first tier of our Tea comprised a selection of sandwiches created with finesse and we enjoyed them all. The Dowager favoured, if pushed, the chamomile poached chicken with a crunch of almond whilst I loved the ham with a sublime sweet Bloom Gin jelly. The smoked salmon was also top quality and we realised that the produce used, the skills of the pastry chef, and attention to detail would make this Afternoon Tea a truly scrumptious experience.

Subsequent tiers saw strawberry tarts with delicate crispy pastry and sweet slices of fruit. The moussy pomelo and cinnamon slice was both citrussy and creamy. Chocolate truffles were dark and gin- infused whilst strawberry macarons had ripe flavour and a pipette of gin to squeeze into the filling; such fun! Clotted cream and homemade pomelo marmalade was heaped decadently onto three types of scone including honey and citrus.  Gooseberry and elderflower fool was mouth-watering.

Needless to say as part of the package you can enjoy the first class service which is de rigueur at One Square and with The Dowager nodding in agreement I can confidently recommend The Bloom Gin Afternoon Tea as an absolutely fabulous treat. 


The Bloom Gin Afternoon Tea is served in One Square, which features picture-postcard views of Edinburgh Castle. It is available, daily, throughout the summer from 1st June to 31st August 2014, between 2.30pm and 5.30pm, and costs £23 per person. To book, please call 0131 221 6422 or visit www.OneSquareEdinburgh.co.uk for more details.  

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