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Celebrate World Gin Day with Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea at Harvey Nichols, Birmingham | Gin Diaries

June 8, 2018

Readers, the most important day of the year is upon us, World Gin Day (9th June). This year, I don’t really have much planned for the day, but I do intend on treating myself to a new bottle of gin. However, if you are after something to do in Birmingham, Harvey Nichols have a special Edinburgh Gin Afternoon tea!

This special Harvey Nichols collaboration for World Gin Day is one with Edinburgh Gin. A long standing favourite gin of mine and an afternoon tea collab I was excited to try. I find their Seaside Gin so refreshing for warm summer days, it really is a staple to the Pond Gin Shelf. So I thought I would check it out ahead of the big day so you guys could get an idea of what it’s like!

Harvey Nicols Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea - Menu

Harvey Nicols Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea - Savi Spritz

Harvey Nicols Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea

Harvey Nicols Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea - Savoury Tier

Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea – The Savoury Tier

To accompany the savoury tier we had a cocktail called the Savi Spritz. This was Sauvingnon Blanc, Elderflower Edinburgh Gin Liqueur, topped with soda. It was wonderfully refreshing and went really well with the savoury offerings. The Gin and Tonic Cod was a mini fish and chips, I feel the gin was lost in the batter but the tonic had definitely made the batter lovely and light. Next up was the Duck Leg Croquette, which took in the flavours of the Edinburgh Gin Plum Liqueur, this worked so well. The duck was tender and the sweet plum sauce went really well. There was also a wonderfully light Goat’s Cheese and Vegetable Terrine and an interesting (I’m not usually a fan) Artichoke and Courgette Wrap, which I actually enjoyed.

Harvey Nicols Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea - Sweet Treats Tier

Harvey Nicols Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea - Sweet Treats Tier Pastries Close Up

Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea – The Sweet Treats Tier

The sweet treats included a Strawberry and Elderflower Eclair, which I won’t lie was my favourite. Next up was the Peach, Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Tart, using flavours from the Rhubarb Edinburgh Gin Liqueur. This was also a winner for me. Then last up was the Pomegranate and Rose Panna Cotta, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. It was a little too sweet for my liking. But others did enjoy. For people unlike me who can tolerate cucumber consumption, there is also Cucumber Candy Floss. Which I did not try, but the others all really enjoyed!

Harvey Nicols Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea - Scone Tier

Harvey Nicols Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea - Pomegranate and Rose Fizz

Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea – The Scone Tier

Obviously no afternoon tea is complete without scones! We were treated to plain scones, which were wonderfully fluffy. Then also some white chocolate and raspberry scones. These were very different, but absolutely divine with clotted cream. With these we enjoyed the Pomegranate, Rose and Prosecco Fizz. This was using a splash of pomegranate, Rose Edinburgh Gin Liquer and of course topped with the prosecco. The prosecco definitely balanced the sweet of the rose and the pomegranate.

So what do you do if you want to try out this wonderful afternoon tea? Well the limited edition Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea will be served in the store’s stylish restaurant from 1pm-4pm Monday to Saturday and 3pm-5pm on Sundays throughout June and July. It is priced at £22 or £30 per person to include a cocktail. Booking is essential, so please call 0121 616 6028 or email Harvey Nichols will cater for your dietary requirements, just let them know what you need.

What are you doing for World Gin Day? Will you be heading to Harvey Nichols for the Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. Thanks to East Village PR for inviting me along. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.

P.P.S. Harvey Nichols is located at 65 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RE.


  • Reply Sarah June 10, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    There should be more gin-themed afternoon teas in the world! This sounds brilliant and looks delicious! A cocktail with every tier sounds like the icing on the cake too!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

    • Reply MissPond June 10, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      There really should! It was absolutely wonderful and the cocktails were divine.

  • Reply Chloe June 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    This sounds and looks yum!


    • Reply MissPond June 10, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      It was incredible!

  • Reply Sarah June 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Oh this sounds ideal! Especially the sweet treats tier. Definitely need to stock up on some new gin for World Gin Day.

    • Reply MissPond June 10, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      The sweet treats were great, but the gin was even better!

  • Reply Yeah Lifestyle June 8, 2018 at 11:32 am

    That looks simply amazing! I love afternoon teas and love some of the new flavoured gin (which is becoming trendy as well) so feeling total envy at the moment looking at your photos. Going to head to Harvey Nichols when we get the chance.

    • Reply MissPond June 10, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      I really recommend it! The perfect treat for a gin lover.

  • Reply Anca June 8, 2018 at 11:13 am

    The afternoon tea sounds wonderful. I like the look of those scones. Gin instead of tea or Prosecco? Hmm… I have to try! 🙂

    • Reply MissPond June 10, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      You could’ve had tea, but there was just too many cocktail choices!

  • Reply Ellie June 8, 2018 at 9:17 am

    What a fab idea for an afternoon tea! Definitely a nice change from all the prosecco versions!

    • Reply MissPond June 10, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      Most definitely!!

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