Afternoon Tea Bus

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Afternoon Tea

What's involved

You can have your cake and eat it too with this incredible Afternoon Tea in Edinburgh.

Not only will you be tucking into a full afternoon tea, you'll also be touring the sights and attractions of the city by bus! This is a truly unique event like no other!

Hop onboard the tour bus, sit down and feast your eyes upon finger sandwiches, mini quiches, petit fours, cupcakes and warm scones complete with cream, jam and fresh strawberries!

With a glass of prosecco on arrival and tea or coffee, you're given the utmost royal treatment here, making this ideal for anyone looking for birthday or hen party ideas in Edinburgh

The tour will guide you round Edinburgh from the famous and historic Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Old Town to name just a few of the sights.
Lasting 90-minutes, this Afternoon Tea Bus in Edinburgh is the perfect way to explore whilst enjoying some delicious food with your friends. 

Important information

Available on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12pm plus Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 12pm and 3pm. Age restriction: 6+. The bus is not private for your group. Other customers will be on board. Depending on group size and table availability, some passengers may have to share tables with other groups. Please let us know about any special dietary needs at the time of booking. We are unable to accept special dietary requirements within three days of tour. Departs from and arrives back at Stance ZF, Waterloo Place. Due to the design of the routemaster bus, we are unable to accommodate wheelchair users, although we can reserve seating downstairs for those who are unable to manage the stairs. Please note that this activity is predominantly a dining experience and there is no recorded commentary for this tour, but you will see the sights of Edinburgh.


Stance ZE, 23 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BH, UK


We all had such an amazing time, thank you!!
Afternoon tea was great. Staff were lovely. Commentary on journey was hard to make out and wasn’t great. We’re from Scotland so it was a bit boring And it was hard to make out as the girl didn’t have a strong voice. If I was from another country I would have been very disappointed with the boring Delivery and content. We enjoyed the experience overall and staff made up for lack of fun information.
Fantastic tour. Food was excellent. Staff were very nice and helpfull. I would recommend it to everyone.
Amazing experience. Afternoon tea was delicious! A selection of wraps and sandwiches, yummy scone and carrot cake. Beautiful vintage bus which takes you around some of the sites of Edinburgh with some knowledge thrown in along the way! Can be a bumpy ride so hang on to your prosecco! This just made the experience more fun! Would definitely recommend.
A very enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes!
It was really nice - I love the idea of having afternoon tea while sightseeing on a bus. It would be awesome if I manage to get a top seat next time.
Everyone courteous and trip went very well
We both enjoyed it but it would of been better if there was more of a detailed guided narration.
Great experience, friendly staff
Really enjoyed the bus trip, staff excellent, very friendly and hard working, food was great.Dont take lots of shopping or bags as not a lot of room to store things. Very good value for money
What a fab day, the staff were great , friendly and so helpful. The whole experience was perfect day out with friends
The staff were absolutely lovely. The food was amazing. Such a great time!
Staff were lovely and friendly and let me aboard to put up photos and banners for a 60th birthday. Something a little bit different
Great wee trip
Brill time all went so well
lovely staff! maybe more sandwiches would be nice.
This is a fantastic idea !! We were super excited . The food was spot on and we loved the Prosecco. If I were to make a small criticism it would be that we ended up sharing the top deck with part of a hen party and a Gin birthday party so it wasn’t the quiet afternoon tea we expected. I also thought we would hear some interesting facts about the parts we drove past as “tour” was part of the package . Although I don’t think the guides would have been heard above the noisy ladies. BUT..... it hasn’t put us off booking again and we look forward to doing so. Thank you
Really unique experience! All the staff were lovely and very friendly. The food was good and were generously sized portions. I would recommend to anyone!
We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea on the Red Bus. We would recommend this to our friends. Thank you
Excellent food and great views from the bus
Excellent value for money, staff very knowledgeable and friendly. Food was lovely and everything was presented amazingly
Had a great time food was excellent staff made you so welcome x
Had a wonderful time The staff were amazing Would recommend
We had a wonderful time. Lovely food and drink with a great atmosphere. Would definitely come back again.
Great tour with a lovely afternoon tea and excellent service from the staff, highly recommend this tour
The bus looked great! The service was brilliant and the food was really good! Had such a great time. However, I did previously specify that my vegetarian friend couldn't have mayonnaise and yet the 3 sandwiches she was given, all had vegan mayo in them so she barely ate anything and therefore wasn't worth her £30. She did say that the food she did manage to have was lovely.
Great service from staff, who worked non stop. There was plenty of food and good value gin cocktails to purchase served in mini teapots. The bus itself is quirky and fitted out with tables which were nicely set up as we boarded with a nice glass of Prosecco waiting for us. Good route around the city but poor commentary. Staff were busy serving food, getting drinks, clearing away and washing up so we got a quick announcement of points of interest as we passed. The only downside for us was we were seated downstairs and would have preferred a seat upstairs. All in all we would recommend.
The event was excellent and my party thoroughly enjoyed food was good and presentation lovely. Kind and helpful staff. Worth the money.
Great experience!
Didn’t feel it was worth the money the sandwich selection was very poor there wasn’t just plain sandwiches for people that don’t like coronation chicken and cheese savoury . The staff were all very nice and so helpful.
Lovely time only complaint was queuing system to get on the bus was non existent and as a result people barged on. Also love seats not the best for views. Food and staff were lovely.
Would of been good to have some way of knowing which quiches were for the vegetarian. Sandwiches more obvious.
Great tour, well worth it
The experience was very nice and different. However it wouldn’t take much to make it a lot better. The person that welcomed you to the bus had very faded trousers that made them look dirty. The serving area at the top of the stairs is in desperate need of a little bit of tlc. Staff smoking behind the bus during stops is not very professional. The food itself was lovely and the Prosecco a nice touch.
The red bus was great, such a good day out, however when I booked I asked for 2 requirements 1. I'm vegetarian but there was no note to let the staff know, 2. We were put upstairs when I asked to be seated down stairs as my gran is in her 80s and struggles. As the time we went was busy we helped her up the stairs as we didnt want to cause too much of a fuss. I would book the experience again but I feel like if you had passed on my requirements that I'd made 2 months prior it would of been a more enjoyable experience.
The staff was really good, especially the lady who was on the top floor serving us, she really engaged with people and was really friendly. I would do it again, lovely with the music. Loved having a sing along
Excellent service
Really enjoyed this very different afternoon tea.
Great fun and we were well looked after by the staff on the bus.
Excellent activity, good fun and great staff xxx
Absolutely fantastic experience for a hen do - great food and laughed the whole time. Thanks!
Had a fantastic time on boozy bus for my sisters 40th birthday High tea was beautiful Ladies were very friendly and welcoming Will be back Thanks from Aberdeen ladies
12 very delighted peolpe. A lovely time and the food was awesome. Well done team.
Bus was great but the food was nothing like what it looked like in the photos
We had an excellent time on the red bus, food was amazing and staff were very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back. Thankyou
Very pleasant all round experience travelling about the Centre of Edinburgh with afternoon tea on board the red bus. Glass of Prosecco to start off with and the sandwiches, scones and mini cakes were just about right. Tea in protective plastic cups for safety - good! Staff very friendly and professional and we even got a complimentary drink from the bar - best gin I have ever tasted! Would definitely go again sometime in the future and this comes highly recommended. Thank you very much to the staff of the Red Bistro Bus.
Great experience! Would recommend it to anyone I know coming to Edinburgh. The staff were so friendly and helpful! Xx
Everything was great. One issue was I couldn’t hear commentary as I was upstairs front of the bus so microphone was hard to hear.
Lovely staff, great sandwiches and cakes. Great selection of music which created a lovely buzz on the bus.
A fun afternoon. Very pleasant staff. Took care of our dietary allergies perfectly.
Yea was great, all our dietary requests were fulfilled. Staff friendly, journey was bumpy but was warned by driver
We had an absolutely fantastic trip on the Afternoon Tea bus as part of a hen weekend. Brilliant food, drink and service.
Stewart and all the staff were amazing We had an excellent time and would Highley recomend
We really enjoyed our Afternoon Tea Bus, would recommend the gin cocktails!
Totally fun way to see the sights of the city.
Absolutely brilliant! A wonderful experience! Driver Steve and the crew were amazing!
We had a lovely time on the bus tour. All the staff were so lovely and really made us feel very welcome. Fantastic customer service and food was super fresh and tasty. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thank you for a wonderful time and for making my birthday so special.
Great experience. Staff were fantastic, very friendly and attentive.
Very good
Lovely afternoon tea, and very friendly staff
Fantastic. Great tour of Edinburgh and food was perfect.
Was a lovely afternoon. Food was amazing. Lots of fun. Staff were so goo
Something different to the normal. Bus was an old London route master. Afternoon tea was all laid out nicely on tables ready to start with a glass of Preseco, + tea or coffee. Staff were really friendly and helpful. Had a stop to sit in drivers cab and get photos.
Excellent food and atmosphere Highly recommended Thank you!
Lovely staff fabulous tour and service highly recommended.
Great activity for hen party
The whole experience was great and the staff on the bus were fantastic
Our group had a fantastic time, the afternoon tea was lovely and the staff were great. Would highly recommend
Great fun, the lass serving and doing the tour was hilarious
Experience was excellent
Was the best experience. Lovely food. The waiters Very friend and made sure you where happy with everything
We had the best time would highly recommended definitely 5 stars from our group.
It was a really great experience and the food was delicious
Great Experience!
We had a great time, lovely food, comfy seats. Was a great activity for a hen party group.
Loved it
Staff fantastic
We were a large hen party group and had a wonderful time. Would recommend the experience. I would say it was not clear that the dietary requirements had been taken into account.
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