My home town of Glasgow might be synonymous with a good night out drinking, and some great cocktail bars. But one thing it keeps up its sleeve is its fine selection of afternoon tea spots. This quintessentially British pass time has been increasing in popularity in the city and there is now a large selection of hotels and bars serving up this essentially luxurious past time.
Read on to find out where the top six afternoon tea spots in Glasgow are –
1. Blythswood Square
To indulge in an afternoon tea in one of the most luxurious spots in Glasgow, Blythswood Square is an essential place to visit. This boutique hotel is best known for its spa and beautiful rooms, but its restaurant and bar are also a highlight. Head to the Salon on the first floor for afternoon tea and choose between the standard cream tea, the Duchess of Bedford Afternoon Tea, the Tea Tox Afternoon Tea or the Tasty Scotland Afternoon Tea. Each starts with an 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 sugar-free carrot cake, chocolate and caramel eclairs and fine Scottish cheeses.
2. Radisson Blu
If you are looking for somewhere modern to have afternoon tea then the Radisson Blu is the place to goto. Located in one of the most convenient areas of town to get to being just 30 seconds walk from central station, it is perfect to pop into for a relaxing unwind after a days shopping on Buchanan street. Afternoon tea comes with classic finger sandwiches and homemade pastries and cakes. Choose from a selection of teas and fruit tea and finish it off with a glass of Piper Heidsieck or cocktail – the Earl Grey Martini seems very fitting for the occasion!
3. Saint Judes
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.
4. The Butterfly and the Pig
Located near St 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 savory items come the delicious sweet treats, and there is even the option of enjoying your afternoon tea with a glass of Prosecco or Moet for a slight surcharge.
5. Willow Tea Rooms
The most historic of the many tearooms located in Glasgow. It was designed in 1904, during the temperance movement, when there was a local push to create beautiful spaces to enjoy tea rather than alcohol. Constructed under the eye of architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Willow Tea Room is perhaps the best known tearoom among historians, and the restoration process to get it to its original style was extensive. The menu boasts the traditional three-tiered cake tray full of baked treats and sandwiches, but the chefs are more than happy to accommodate any dietary requests such as vegan offerings or gluten-free pastries as long as they receive advance notice.
6. 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.
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