**CLOSED **Afternoon Tea at Heaven Scent cafe Dunfermline

heaven scent dunfermline afternoon tea

Make time for tea at Heaven Scent in Dunfermline


Looking out to Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, and Abbot House, Heaven Scent cafe, upstairs at Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries is a fantastic setting for afternoon tea with a view. The weather wasn’t the best on our visit, however, the excellent cakes and friendly service inside soon cheered us up. Below are actual views from the balcony in winter.

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heaven scent dunfermline afternoon tea

Heaven Scent Cafe at Dunfermline Library and Galleries is the second such Heaven Scent cafe, the original being in the small town of Milnathort, just north of Kinross, a 30 minute drive away.



This is certainly no ordinary gallery cafe.  All food allergies and dietary requirements appear to be covered from gluten-free to vegan. We noticed that the afternoon tea is a popular choice, as evidenced by the photo below. Stacks of cake tiers abound as groups of friends made light work of the delicious looking nibbles.

heaven scent dunfermline afternoon tea

Starting with the cakes, I mean, look at them – not your usual dinky little morsels these are proper home-sized slices. On our visit we had carrot cake. 😍

heaven scent dunfermline afternoon tea

Alongside the massive slices of cake are tiffin and rocky road traybakes, plus macarons and fresh fruit. All with a fine dusting of icing sugar.

heaven scent dunfermline afternoon tea

Scones, so often a deal breaker for us and these were light and fluffy with Tiptree jams and proper clotted cream – hurrah!  None of the out-of-a-can skooshy stuff, this was proper Roddas clotted cream so we were happy.

heaven scent dunfermline afternoon tea

Generally overshadowed by the cakes in an afternoon tea, the sandwich selection was freshly prepared. So often in the past we have had bread that had been cut well in advance and was starting to harden but not here. We had ham and cheese, mango chicken and salad leaves, ham with light mustard mayo, tuna mayonnaise with salad leaves and cheese and kaleslaw (coleslaw made with kale) so a good selection to nibble on.  The mango chicken was especially noted for its moist chunky chicken and fresh mango taste.

heaven scent dunfermline afternoon tea



And although it’s ‘Afternoon tea’ it needn’t have to all just be tea., you can have a coffee like Mr Foodie, whilst I had a pot of green tea which was covered in the funkiest of tea cosies. Seemingly it is the mum of the owner who makes these and they are available to buy in both of the Heaven Scent locations. You can also have a small bottle of fizz (prosecco) for an extra £5.95 per person.

heaven scent dunfermline afternoon tea

A child-sized afternoon tea for kids can also be ordered at £7.95 per child, which includes ham, cheese and jam sandwiches, fresh fruit with a chocolate dip, mini gateau, popcorn, sweets and a choice of drink. either milkshake, hot chocolate or a carton of juice.



Excellent value afternoon tea charged at £13.50 per person, which required a doggy bag for later and is making me hungry writing this!  They take dietary requirements seriously, they’re licensed and it’s great to see that children can join in on the fun too.  Easy to get to being right in the centre of Dunfermline and staff were all very helpful. Due to demand the afternoon tea has to be ordered in advance. (see the reservations details below) but if you passing through the town it is probably the best place to stop for a drink, cake or sandwich. Thumbs up!



+ Good choice of tasty cakes
+ Great location with a view and balcony for sunnier days
+ Pimp your afternoon tea with a mini bottle of fizz

– You must order in advance, so no impromptu afternoon tea’ing


Heaven Scent at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries
1-7 Abbot Street,
KY12 7NL


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Reservations can be made by popping into Heaven Scent Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries or by emailing DCLG@heavenscentcoffeeshop.co.uk. or telephone T: 03451 55 55 55 ext 492775

Please note 24 hour notice is required for afternoon tea reservations.


Wide door with push pad for wheelchair access.  Lift available.   Wide spaces throughout the cafe.

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Disclaimer: we received a complimentary afternoon tea but Fred vouches for our truthfulness.

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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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