Don't be put off by the name - "Has Beans" might suggest a coffee house but, fortunately for us all, it's a mighty fine tea shop too.
Nestling towards the slightly less glamorous end of the Royal Mile, and a very short walk from the democratically significant (but architecturally bizarre) Scottish Parliament building, Has Beans serves good strong loose leaf tea. Okay, so it slightly betrays its coffee house roots by serving the tea in a cafetière but actually that works really well - I'm surprised more places don't do this. It precludes the need for a separate strainer and limits the extent of over-brewing for the second cuppa once you have plunged the leaves for the first. It might not be a traditional tea ritual but it works.
Of course if you want traditional, Has Beans caters for that too - the little bay window at the front of the shop if full of a slightly random, but nonetheless impressive, array of tea pots. And the friendly welcome and serivce from the old guy behind the counter (could this be the Graham mentioned on the menu?) is decidedly and pleasingly trad too.
In addition to the excellent tea, Has Beans also offers a selection of snacks and cakes. They even advertise a very reasonably priced cream tea, with what the chalkboard charmingly described as "a wee pot" of tea. You are in the heart of tourist Scotland, after all.
On a warm day though, the best accompaniment for your pot of tea is almost certainly a small tub of the award-winning Orkney Ice Cream that Has Beans sells - truly great. I can personally attest to the excellence of their Toffee Swirl flavour...
Contact them: 07810 477265