Going out for afternoon tea is a treat that is hard to beat. Little bite-sized slices of sandwiches with classic fillings, fluffy cakes, delicious tartlets and bottomless pots of fancy tea; add some bubbles and you’re all set! Here, we eat our way through the best spots to indulge in Glasgow, so get ready and extend that pinky finger!
Blink and you may miss it. The perfect blend of quirky and cosy, The Hidden Lane Tea Room is a pocket of scrumptiousness in Argyle Court. If victoria sponge, scones and gooey baked delights hit the spot, then this is the place for you. The vintage flower-patterned china, shabby chic interior, good old-fashioned sugar cubes and selection of over 30 loose leaf teas create an enchanting gastronomic and sensory experience. A true treat.
The celebrated Willow Tea Room is an absolute gem. The furnishings take the form of high backed chairs, innovative use of light and dark, embossed geometrical shapes and perfect lines, so eating here is a stand-out tea experience. Traditional eats like homemade sandwiches, cakes and scones laden with clotted cream and jam appear looking tempting on a tiered cake stand. Take your pick from over 25 types of tea in this iconic culinary and architectural Glasgow landmark.
Dreamy and refined, the Champagne Central Bar is a magical space within the esteemed Grand Central Hotel. Magnificent pillars, swirling marble floors, and domed ceilings look like an old black and white film set. Sumptuous flutes of the finest champagne compliment the sultana scones, miniature brioche rolls, savoury wraps and chef’s top plate of decadent cakes. Pairing one of those clotted cream-clad scones with a swish of Besserat de Bellafon Grand Traditional Brut will make you smile for hours.
Spellbinding and decadent, Cup Tea Lounge is less of a sweet eatery and more of a tasting excursion. Situated in the former Bank Of India, the alluring décor showcases magnificent archways, exposed brickwork and glossy tiled mosaics. When it comes to the food, cupcakes are their speciality. That, and an exceptional array of other tasty eats, like white chocolate and pear scones, roast beetroot and goat’s cheese mousse and raspberry meringue tartlet. Tea snobs will delight in the loose leaf and artisanal tea selection, which is one of the most handsome in the city.
Pigs do fly! A shabby-chic room of culinary delights, The Tearooms at The Butterfly And The Pig are a grand place for sampling every cake, soup and sandwich in sight. Whether an informal sweet eat session or full works high tea shindig, these beautiful tearooms are absolutely worthy of any tea lover’s attention. Make sure to try the homemade bread and special infusion teas.
If you’re after a bit of swankiness, and indulgence comes as second nature, consider Salon at Blythswood Square. This five-star bar specialises in fancy craft cocktails, which are only rivalled by the splendid afternoon tea. Choose from classics like Darjeeling and Earl Grey or experiment with Lapsan Souchong or Gunpowder Green tea. The foodie spread includes all things delicious like raspberry and candyfloss cones, smoked salmon and cream cheese miniature bagels and tiny chicken coronation tartlets. Harris Tweed furnishings, stellar garden views and first class cooking — bliss.
The Corinthian will fulfil all your desires when searching for a deluxe afternoon tea extravaganza with all the extra trimmings. Poised and lavish, the sweet selection — think raspberry meringue nests and Linzer Cake — is unmistakably sublime and the specialty teas refreshing. The surroundings, which entail dramatic pod-style chairs, grand ornate lighting, vast sweeping windows, and exaggerated ceiling cornicing are a harmonious visual symphony.