Postcard from Edinburgh: Forsyth’s Tea Room

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Forsyth's Tea Room in Edinburgh. Hilary Nangle photo

While gadding about Great Britain by rail (especially easy with a BritRail pass) a few years ago, I stumbled into this delightful tea room, while exploring Chalmers Close, one of the many inviting alleys that radiate off Edinborough, Scotland’s, Royal Mile. The entire shop looked like a Hollywood set, and Christine, the proprietor, was right out of central casting. I ordered, then took a seat and checked out the surroundings: stone walls, tablecloths, tea cozies and tea towels and mugs for decor; equally cozy and comforting. I settled for a Scotch pie, a meat-filled, seasoned pastry , tea, and, of course, shortbread.