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Waldorf Astoria and Laings launch the ultimate advent calendar

Posted: 10th December 2018

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian has partnered with independent family jewellers, Laings to celebrate the advent countdown from 1st -24th December with the launch of its Afternoon Tea Advent Calendar. Guests enjoying afternoon tea in the glamorous Peacock Alley will have a chance to win one of 24 amazing luxury gifts.

An extremely special collection of gifts has been curated by the hotel and Laings, offering guests the chance to win a selection of indulgent experiences at the hotel, as well as some sparkling treats from Laings. Some of the prizes to be won during the month include:

  • A seven-course menu Gourmand for two with paired wines at The Pompadour by Galvin worth £260
  • A pair of Laings silver framed cufflinks worth £140
  • 60 minute massage at Guerlain Spa worth £150
  • A Diamond Masterclass for four people with Richard Laing himself – an exclusive money can’t buy experience

The star prize in the calendar will be revealed on Christmas Eve when the competition concludes, and one lucky guest will win a white gold rubellite and diamond cluster pendant worth over £1000.


Dale MacPhee, General Manager of the hotel, said: “Christmas is a decadent time and each year we try to be more creative and come up with new ideas to celebrate the season and introduce some extra sparkle to our popular festive afternoon tea.

“With the help of Laings, we have been able to take this experience to the next level by offering guests 24 memorable prizes. What better way to relax in the countdown to Christmas than in Peacock Alley over a delicious warm scone and glass of fizz with the added bonus of a possible advent prize as well.”

Director Richard Laing commented: “We’re delighted to offer visitors to the luxurious Waldorf Astoria the chance to win a range of special festive prizes. It’s a magical season and we’re really pleased that we can add a touch of sparkle to someone’s day with a truly exciting way to celebrate the countdown to Christmas – good luck to all the entrants!”

The Festive Afternoon Tea offers a selection of Christmas morning scones, as well as savoury bites including turkey and stuffing on a cranberry brioche bun and Fearn Abbey brie with cranberry chutney on a fruit loaf, will be available as part of the afternoon tea package.

Alongside these delicious savoury elements, the afternoon tea also comes with a selection of Waldorf’s most decadent Christmas inspired pastries; from a Christmas pudding dome to a pecan and cranberry tart, all of these festive delicacies are created daily by the hotel’s talented pastry chefs.

To be in with a chance to win one of the 24 advent calendar prizes, please call 0131 222 8832 or email afternoontea.reservations@waldorfastoria.com to book your Festive Afternoon Tea. Prices start at £45 per person with Afternoon Tea being served daily from 12pm to 5pm throughout December, except on 25th and 31st December.

Winners of the competition will be revealed daily, live on Facebook at 6pm and notified directly by Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh or Laings.

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