Having visited the Marine Hotel in North Berwick often as a child, it was lovely to be able to return recently for a Festive Afternoon Tea.

There is no doubt that the dining room setting is perfect, wonderful views from the bay windows straight over to the Bass Ross. Indeed I was lucky enough to be seated at a table with a quite unique view across the golf course.

As I took my seat, I was asked if I’d like a glass of prosecco…would I? Of course I thought! What a great way to start a festive celebration.

Catch the sea air at McDonald Marine Hotel Nprth Berwick

As I sipped my chilled fizz I made my tea selection which was delivered to my table together with a wonderful cake stand which offered lots of festive treats. I worked from the bottom to the top and started with the delicious turkey and cranberry sandwiches, my first taste of both this year; next came the delightful warm scones with cream and jam, again, featuring cranberry. Finally, I reached the top plate which offered everything from chocolate roulade to mince pies. Wonderful.

I took my time to appreciate the delights on offer alongside the views. I was lucky it was such a lovely day, nothing marred the vista and gave me time to reflect on happy memories of lovely family holidays – as I look forward to Christmas. Perfect start to the holiday season, definitely worth a visit!

Festive Afternoon Tea is £27.50. For further information or to book 0844 879 9130

The Marine Links Bar