Tea and tasty treats by a cosy fire

Afternoon tea is always an excellent idea, and even more so when it is a festive afternoon tea. After checking in at Duisdale House Hotel on the southern shores of Skye, our next step was to take a seat by the fireplace in the luxurious lounge which was fully decked out for Christmas. The fire was lit, the Christmas music was playing and the tea and goodies arrived soon after taking our seats.


First, the savoury selection of crustless sandwiches with fillings such as ham and mustard; cheese and chutney; salmon and cream cheese; plus turkey and cranberry arrived on a side plate. Well-filled sandwiches using fluffy, fresh bread (air-hardened bread has been a common fault with other afternoon teas). Off to a good start.



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Then onto the tiers of treats, which had a few items especially for Christmas.

Top layer: chocolate mousse, and raspberry and pistachio Battenberg cake.

Middle layer: chestnut eclair, and snowman meringue. 

Bottom layer: fruit scones, and – we had a fantastic bespoke surprise of mini mac and cheese tarts made with jelly beans (just like our wedding cake!).


This was a plentiful assortment of treats, served in comfortable, relaxed surroundings whilst pleasant, unobtrusive music played in the background.

We had a sugar coma afterwards but couldn’t even finish it all in one go. Waste not, want not, our uneaten items were kept covered for later nibbling in our room.

Upgrading to fizz is also a common option with afternoon tea but at Duisdale we had a choice of winter warmer cocktails, these were:

Afternoon tea is available for £24.95 per person based on two sharing. Add a glass of bubbly for an extra £5 each. Plenty of other drinks, including cocktails are also available. Served every day from 12:30 – 4:30pm.

Read about our stay at Duisdale House Hotel, and our dining experience as well.

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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  1. Sudhakar Patel

    Looks lovely and cosy.

    1. Emma

      It was. Just what was needed

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