Whether you are treating your mum or spending time with friends, nothing tastes better than indulging in a spot of Afternoon Tea.
This quintessentially British pastime has been increasing in popularity in Glasgow and there is now an abundance of places in the city where you can feast on delectable sandwiches, freshly baked scones and warming teas:
To indulge in an afternoon tea in one of the most luxurious spots in Glasgow, Blythswood Square is an essential place to visit. Head to the Salon on the first floor and choose between The Blythswood Cream Tea, the Duchess of Bedford Afternoon Tea, the Tea Tox Afternoon Tea or the Blasad Albannach (Tasty Scotland) Afternoon Tea.
Each starts with a selection of teas that visitors can choose from, the menu ranges from the scones and clotted cream that we all know and love to more unusual bites like Raspberry and Pink Peppercorn Macaroons, Scottish fine cheeses with Oatcakes, Quince Jelly and Grapes and Mini Chocolate and Caramel Éclairs.
Browns Glasgow is located in the iconic 130 year old ex-General Post Office building right in the centre of Glasgow City Centre. The brasserie and bar is stylishly decorated and offers a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea. Browns serve a traditional Afternoon Tea with finger sandwiches, fruit scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream, a delicious selection of mini cakes, and a choice of loose leaf teas. There is an option to add a glass of Champagne or Hendrick's gin and tonic, if you're in an especially indulgent mood.
Butterfly & the Pig
Located near Saint Judes on Bath Street in the heart of Glasgow, The Butterfly and the Pig is a whimsical twist on the traditional teahouse. Through the use of interesting ingredients and unconventional presentations, they manage to inject some light-hearted humour into this traditional afternoon ritual. The afternoon tea itself is a full meal that will fill up even the hungriest diners, and it starts with regional salmon sandwiches and hearty oatcakes. After the savoury items come the delicious sweet treats.
Raspberry Madelines, Banoffee Tarts, Strawberry Meringues, Banana Cake, and that's before we even get to the scones and the sandwiches. The Corinthian Club offers one of the most decadent Afternoon Teas in Glasgow, in some of the most opulent surroundings.
Cup Tea Lounge
The name ‘Cup’ has become synonymous with delectable cakes and luxurious treats in Glasgow. Sister to the original venue on Byres Road, Cup Tea Lounge is situated in a grand B listed building in Glasgow City Centre. The beautiful tiled interior sets an appropriately opulent tone in which to indulge your sweet tooth.
The afternoon teas are an obvious must. Three tiers featuring delectable finger sandwiches, and Cup’s own famous scones and cupcakes. If you feel like going all out you can have yours with a glass or bottle, of Champagne or one of their fabulous cocktails.
Cushion & Cake
Cushion & Cake is a little gem tucked away in Old Dumbarton Road and is a delightful venue for a homely afternoon tea. Decked out with pastel painted tables and chairs and mismatched vintage crockery, you’re instantly transported from the hustle and bustle of the West End to a pastel paradise for cake and craft lovers alike. An Afternoon Tea at Cushion & Cake is really something special. Indulge in an assortment of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, as well as yummy bakes handpicked from the cake bar. And all of this served on real vintage china. It’s true. Tea really does taste better from a proper tea cup.
Grand Central Hotel
For luxury touches, head to the Grand Central Hotel attached to Central Station. This hotel has played host to everyone from the Queen to Frank Sinatra. One of the highlights of staying at the hotel is the opportunity to visit Champagne Central, a remarkable champagne bar, for their afternoon tea special. Try updated favourites like a whiskey-soaked sultana scone or filled macaroons, and round out the meal with either a rose-infused tea or a rose champagne.
Hidden Lane Rooms
Mismatched patterned teapots and harlequin sets of chairs create a perfect setting for afternoon tea in this secretive lane near Kelvingrove. Dainty sandwiches, cream-filled meringues and miniature cakes are served on vintage tiered cake stands. All made in-house, they are what people dream of when someone says afternoon tea: moist, delicious, crumbly and moreish. A generous selection of tea, all from Tchai-Ovna, includes the Yogo Yogi Chai, milky-sweet and lovingly spiced. Hidden Lane Tea Rooms is the kind of place you’ll want to shout about, but won’t, in case next time there are no seats.
Hotel Du Vin
Indulge in an assortment of sandwiches, fresh pastries and champagne for Afternoon Tea at the ever opulent Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens. Set in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable West End, at Hotel du Vin you can sample some outstandingly good infusions to complement tempting towers of pastries, finger sandwiches and deliciously creamy scones. From the traditional afternoon tea to one with a little fizz or even a G&Tea.
Afternoon Tea is a daily occurrence of beauty at Hutchesons. Freshly prepared finger sandwiches, home-baked scones and continental styled pastries and delicious cakes ranging from orange and chocolate opera, white chocolate cheesecake, pistachio Madeleine, éclairs and more, are freshly baked from their chef pâtissier and complemented with your choice of Eteaket loose leaf tea. The Hutchesons Bollinger Tea is served with a chilled glass of Champagne Bollinger or enjoy something a little bit different with a glass of Royal Tokaji Late Harvest dessert wine.
Live the high life with a lavish afternoon tea for two at the Millennium Hotel Glasgow. Indulge in the timeless combination of richly filled finger sandwiches, fruit scones with clotted cream and preserves, miniature pastries and cakes, a selection of warming teas and a glass of Moet and Chandon Brut Imperial. The Millennium Hotel, which overlooks the bustling George Square, is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a leisurely few hours eating, drinking and watching the world go by.
A combination bar, club and restaurant, Saint Judes has been setting trends on Bath Street for years now. The afternoon tea is anything but ordinary. Served alongside cake stands loaded with pastries and sandwiches are glasses of sparkling wine or even bespoke cocktails. For a unique spin, try the teatime martini, which is the classic gin cocktail served in a vintage teapot. The presentation is packed with surprises and something you won’t forget.
Willow Tea Rooms
Constructed under the eye of architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Willow Tea Rooms are perhaps the best known and most historic of Glasgow’s many tearooms. Whether for a break between shops or an indulgent few hours with your best friends, Afternoon Tea at the Willow Tea Rooms is the perfect pick-me-up. Served on a traditional 3 tiered cake stand, the Afternoon Tea includes a selection of homemade sandwiches, scone with cream & strawberry jam, buttered shortbread, cake from the cake trolley and a choice of loose leaf tea or freshly ground coffee.