Edinburgh Afternoon Tea or Gin Afternoon Tea Experience


Afternoon Tea with a Difference!

If you're looking for afternoon tea in the city, you can't do better than have it on the Red Bus.

You'll get food which rivals most afternoon teas available, but with a tour of the city included on a charming old red bus. The staff were very helpful and friendly from booking right through to service. If you tell them about food dislikes they are happy to accommodate.

A lovely way to spend an afternoon even if you are not tourist.

Edinburgh Afternoon Tea or Gin Afternoon Tea Experience

Combine two quintessentially British classic with an Afternoon Tea aboard our vintage Routemaster bus, touring around the Scottish Capital.

Upgrade your tour to include our signature Gin Pot-tails and mix-match between experiences to suit your party.

Dietary Options

Let us know how many guests require Gluten Free (GF), Dairy Free (DF), Vegan (VG) or Vegetarian (VE) alternatives.

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Afternoon Tea or Gin Afternoon Tea – up to you!

The stage is set for an indulgent afternoon of taking in the breath-taking sights of Scotland’s capital.

Combine two quintessentially British classic with an Afternoon Tea aboard our vintage Routemaster bus here in Edinburgh.

Step aboard the enchanting Red Bus Bistro for an Afternoon Tea like no other. On your cake stand** you will find traditional scones with fresh whipped cream and jam, a selection of finger sandwiches, Scottish smoked salmon blinis, mini quiches, a selection of petit fours, mini Victoria sponges and meringues all washed down with as much tea and coffee as you can drink. For your comfort and safety, we can only offer refills when the bus is stationary.

Our afternoon teas and gin afternoon teas are served on the same tour. Your party can mix-and-match which package you wish to indulge in.

So whilst you are admiring the beautiful sites of Edinburgh city you can indulge in our gorgeous afternoon teas!  We also run the afternoon tea tours in Glasgow too if you want to come again.

Remember too that you can buy a voucher as a gift.


For every full-fare-paying adult, one child aged 14 and under is welcome on this tour with a free child ticket.

Any additional children are welcome with a child ticket costing just £15.

Afternoon Tea Edinburgh

Sit back and relax while a delicious afternoon tea is served accompanied by unlimited tea and coffee refills when the bus is stationary, due to your comfort and safety, and a refreshing glass of prosecco.

**Small seasonal changes may be made to items on the menu

Gin Tour

Our signature gin Pot-tails are the highlight of this unique event. We use a variety of flavoured Scottish gins from our supplier Gin Bothy all muddled with aromatic herbs and topped dainty edible flowers.

Book a Gin Afternoon Tea Experience and ease into an elegant afternoon where two quintessential British classics have been revamped and refreshed – with a twist.

Our Gin tour is suitable only for patrons who are 18 years of age and older; please note, under 18s may still be present on board.

What’s Included

Afternoon Tea Experience

  • Full afternoon tea
  • A glass of prosecco
  • Unlimited tea & coffee

Gin Afternoon Tea Experience

  • All of the above, plus:
  • One pot of Gin Cocktail

Dates, Times & Duration

Departing at 12pm or 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday – check booking calendar for specific availability.

This experience lasts approximately 90 minutes (subject to traffic conditions).

Table Upgrades

Our vintage busses have various layouts of seating to suit parties of two or more. On busy tours, you may be required to sit with other guests.

We do offer upgrades to guarantee your specific seats. Give us a call after booking to make any specific requests.

Front pair upstairs: £6pp; Guaranteed upstairs: £4pp; Exclusive use of table for four: £10 per unused seat.

Toilet Facilities

As we run vintage Routemaster busses, we do not have any toilet facilities on board.

This tour will stop for a 15-minute comfort break, allowing you to stretch your legs and use local facilities.

Dietary Requirements

We can cater to a range of dietary requirements – select your options above to book online, or give us a call to chat further.

We cannot guarantee that all of our ingredients have been produced in a nut-free environment.

Tour Discounts

You can book tours for parties of up to 10 online. Parties of 10 or more can call or email us to secure a 10% discount, with 20 or more receiving 20%.

Employees of the NHS, Police and Fire Service - as well as current and retired members of HM Forces - are welcomed on-board with the greatest of admiration. As a thanks for your service, we extend a 20% discount to your entire party. Just give us a call, or send us an email, to arrange your tour.

Pick-Up Location & Route

We pick up – and drop off – at Stance ZF, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BH.

  1. Waterloo Place
  2. Scott Monument
  3. Edinburgh Castle
  4. The Meadows
  5. Greyfriar's Bobby
  6. Elephant House Cafe
  7. Grassmarket
  8. Arthur’s Seat
  9. Holyrood Palace
  10. Scottish Parliament