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 Malmasion St Andrews Square Edinburgh. 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.


Malmasion, 22 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 1AY, UK


Mon, 20th May 2024
Our "Bride to Be" absolutely loved her surprise! Thank you for being so accomodating and for the great service! We had a real blast ^^
Mon, 13th May 2024
It was very lovely experiance in there. We had small hen’s party, and realy enjoyed it! 🥰will definetley be back!
Mon, 25th Mar 2024
12 of us and everyone really enjoyed
Mon, 20th Nov 2023
Lovely fun afternoon for my birthday
Sun, 24th Sep 2023
Excellent service from all the staff. Great food and drink. Great entertainment.
Thu, 1st Jun 2023
Brilliant day out in Edinburgh on the Redbistro bus. Afternoon tea and a wee cheeky glass of prosecco whilst enjoying the beautiful city of Edinburgh .
Wed, 5th Apr 2023
Just wow!! Everything was perfect - Helen and the other staff exceeded out expectations, thank you for making my friends birthday a little more special!!
Mon, 13th Mar 2023
Excellent activity!
Sun, 2nd Oct 2022
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.
Sun, 28th Aug 2022
Staff fantastic
Sat, 20th Aug 2022
Loved it
Thu, 16th Jun 2022
Great Experience!
Mon, 13th Jun 2022
We had a great time, lovely food, comfy seats. Was a great activity for a hen party group.
Mon, 6th Jun 2022
It was a really great experience and the food was delicious
Mon, 30th May 2022
We had the best time would highly recommended definitely 5 stars from our group.
Sun, 22nd May 2022
Was the best experience. Lovely food. The waiters Very friend and made sure you where happy with everything
Mon, 9th May 2022
Experience was excellent
Fri, 15th Apr 2022
Great fun, the lass serving and doing the tour was hilarious
Sun, 10th Apr 2022
Our group had a fantastic time, the afternoon tea was lovely and the staff were great. Would highly recommend
Sun, 3rd Apr 2022
The whole experience was great and the staff on the bus were fantastic
Mon, 21st Mar 2022
Great activity for hen party
Mon, 21st Mar 2022
Lovely staff fabulous tour and service highly recommended.
Sat, 26th Feb 2022
Excellent food and atmosphere Highly recommended Thank you!
Thu, 3rd Feb 2022
Great wee trip
Sun, 19th Dec 2021
Fantastic. Great tour of Edinburgh and food was perfect.
Mon, 13th Dec 2021
Was a lovely afternoon. Food was amazing. Lots of fun. Staff were so goo
Fri, 10th Dec 2021
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.
Sun, 5th Dec 2021
Great experience. Staff were fantastic, very friendly and attentive.
Fri, 3rd Dec 2021
Very good
Fri, 19th Nov 2021
Lovely afternoon tea, and very friendly staff
Mon, 1st Nov 2021
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.
Thu, 28th Oct 2021
Absolutely brilliant! A wonderful experience! Driver Steve and the crew were amazing!
Sat, 23rd Oct 2021
Thank you for a wonderful time and for making my birthday so special.
Mon, 4th Oct 2021
Great experience, friendly staff
Mon, 4th Oct 2021
A fun afternoon. Very pleasant staff. Took care of our dietary allergies perfectly.
Sun, 26th Sep 2021
Yea was great, all our dietary requests were fulfilled. Staff friendly, journey was bumpy but was warned by driver
Sun, 26th Sep 2021
We had an absolutely fantastic trip on the Afternoon Tea bus as part of a hen weekend. Brilliant food, drink and service.
Mon, 6th Sep 2021
Stewart and all the staff were amazing We had an excellent time and would Highley recomend
Sun, 5th Sep 2021
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.
Tue, 31st Aug 2021
Lovely staff, great sandwiches and cakes. Great selection of music which created a lovely buzz on the bus.
Thu, 19th Aug 2021
We really enjoyed our Afternoon Tea Bus, would recommend the gin cocktails!
Mon, 16th Aug 2021
Totally fun way to see the sights of the city.
Sat, 14th Aug 2021
Everyone courteous and trip went very well
Fri, 23rd Jul 2021
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.
Sat, 17th Jul 2021
Bus was great but the food was nothing like what it looked like in the photos
Tue, 13th Jul 2021
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.
Mon, 28th Jun 2021
The staff were absolutely lovely. The food was amazing. Such a great time!
Sun, 4th Oct 2020
Excellent service
Sun, 8th Mar 2020
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.
Mon, 10th Feb 2020
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
Sun, 19th Jan 2020
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
Mon, 6th Jan 2020
Great tour, well worth it
Mon, 6th Jan 2020
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.
Sun, 15th Dec 2019
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.
Mon, 9th Dec 2019
Excellent value for money, staff very knowledgeable and friendly. Food was lovely and everything was presented amazingly
Sun, 24th Nov 2019
Great experience!
Tue, 19th Nov 2019
Great tour with a lovely afternoon tea and excellent service from the staff, highly recommend this tour
Sun, 20th Oct 2019
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!
Sat, 19th Oct 2019
Brill time all went so well
Thu, 26th Sep 2019
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.
Sun, 22nd Sep 2019
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.
Sun, 1st Sep 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea on the Red Bus. We would recommend this to our friends. Thank you
Mon, 5th Aug 2019
A very enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes!
Sun, 4th Aug 2019
Fantastic tour. Food was excellent. Staff were very nice and helpfull. I would recommend it to everyone.
Mon, 29th Jul 2019
Absolutely fantastic experience for a hen do - great food and laughed the whole time. Thanks!
Sat, 27th Jul 2019
Really enjoyed this very different afternoon tea.
Mon, 22nd Jul 2019
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.
Sun, 21st Jul 2019
The event was excellent and my party thoroughly enjoyed food was good and presentation lovely. Kind and helpful staff. Worth the money.
Sun, 21st Jul 2019
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.
Fri, 19th Jul 2019
Excellent food and great views from the bus
Sun, 14th Jul 2019
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
Mon, 1st Jul 2019
We both enjoyed it but it would of been better if there was more of a detailed guided narration.
Sat, 8th Jun 2019
lovely staff! maybe more sandwiches would be nice.
Sat, 1st Jun 2019
What a fab day, the staff were great , friendly and so helpful. The whole experience was perfect day out with friends
Sun, 12th May 2019
Great fun and we were well looked after by the staff on the bus.
Sun, 28th Apr 2019
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.
Mon, 22nd Apr 2019
Great experience! Would recommend it to anyone I know coming to Edinburgh. The staff were so friendly and helpful! Xx
Sun, 21st Apr 2019
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
Sun, 14th Apr 2019
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
Sat, 13th Apr 2019
Would of been good to have some way of knowing which quiches were for the vegetarian. Sandwiches more obvious.
Tue, 2nd Apr 2019
Staff were lovely and friendly and let me aboard to put up photos and banners for a 60th birthday. Something a little bit different
Sun, 24th Mar 2019
Sun, 10th Mar 2019
Sun, 27th Jan 2019
We all had such an amazing time, thank you!!
Sun, 2nd Dec 2018
Had a great time food was excellent staff made you so welcome x
Sun, 2nd Dec 2018
Had a wonderful time The staff were amazing Would recommend
Sun, 2nd Dec 2018
We had a wonderful time. Lovely food and drink with a great atmosphere. Would definitely come back again.
Tue, 2nd Oct 2018
12 very delighted peolpe. A lovely time and the food was awesome. Well done team.
Sun, 9th Sep 2018
Excellent activity, good fun and great staff xxx
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