Tag Archives: Tea

Freshly baked cakes in a delightful location

ClarindasTearoom_CakesWhat terrible weather in the capital today. Not to worry: I have discovered a gorgeous wee tea room in the heart of Canongate sure to warm you!

Clarinda’s Tea Room, towards the bottom end of the Royal Mile is not new in itself, but new to me and has actually been trading from the same premises since 1976.

The small but perfectly formed cafe is jam packed with fancy china, frilly doilys and spindly furniture. Like the Mad Hatter’s tea party you seem to enter another world as you enter from the High Street.

The sketch above is from their fully laden stand of cakes and biscuits, all freshly baked on the premises.  The staff are so welcoming that I will be sure to pop in for a cuppa again soon, and am thankful of today’s downpour for helping me make the discovery.

Sketch created with black fineliner and watercolour wash.

Clarinda’s Tea Room Facebook page.




Tea for two in the National Library of Scotland

teapot_NLS_wsToday I had a meeting at the National Library of Scotland and fell in love with this teapot, so much so I had to sketch it.

The recently refurbished National Library of Scotland has a large and very welcoming cafe with cakes, pastries and sandwiches as well as rolling news via the BBC world service channel.


Of course they also have thousands of books creating a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance. I will have to go back and explore that further when I have a little more time. As well as in the George IV Bridge building the library has a huge amount of digital resources online, see the link below to explore further.


National Library of Scotland website