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By Iuliia Vlasova

A chic bar and dining spot located in the very heart of Edinburgh might easily be the most photogenic place in the capital, with its bold colours and eye-catching interior elements.

Now, Tigerlily can add a marvellous afternoon tea room styled as a Japanese garden to the list of their design gems. Our reporter Iuliia Vlasova went to the top-rated bar to see how the new setting feels and try their afternoon tea experience.

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After seeing photos of Tigerlily's new Japanese-style room, my expectations for the place were extremely high, and I couldn't help it. But after seeing the bar's entrance set up - which you simply cannot miss - I learned the venue knows how to make an impression straight away.

At the entrance, you are greeted by a welcoming hostess, who walks you to your table. On that short journey to the table we've booked, I noticed the first thing I liked about the place - while set over a vast area, it is smartly divided into zones in a way that doesn't obstruct the view but makes it feel less crowded. This clever interior trick is handy given that Tigerlily is one of those places that are fully booked regardless of the day and time.

This planning feature also played its part later on as I was enjoying my afternoon tea - the place was packed, and there also was what seemed to be a hen party, but the area we were sitting in - the Japanese-style Greenroom - felt peaceful and secluded.

I loved the new room straight away - it felt magical and romantic and could have easily been a setting for one of Disney's new productions. Excited by the flowers-covered ceiling, a green wall with fairy lights, deep blue velvet chairs, and sofas, I almost forgot that the best part was yet to come.

When it came to the afternoon tea treats, they were nicely made, fresh and exceptionally delicious. The sweet treats came in a nice variety and enough for me to take some home, which is always a nice bonus.

While one might argue that the content of the afternoon tea plate doesn't imply anything special, for me, it all goes down to the beauty - and taste - of simplicity. And Tigerlily was brilliant at perfecting those simple bites to deliver a flawless dish.

To throw in some numbers - a regular afternoon tea would cost you £21.5 per person. A £29 per person option allows you to add either a glass of premium wine or a cocktail. And, of course, there is an option to go all in and have your afternoon tea with a glass of champagne for £38 per person.

Opting for the cocktail option, we had a choice of three equally tempting drinks to pick from and went for Sakura Blossom Spritz and Fuji Mountain Swizzle as they featured Suntory Roku Gin, with whom the new drinks menu of the venue was developed.

Both drinks were brilliant - crisp and refreshing - and I imagine they would become hits in the upcoming summer season.

Being overjoyed with my first visit, I'll be sure to keep Tigerlily on my radar for upcoming special dates and treat-yourself nights out.

If you plan to visit, book your table here to avoid disappointment.

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