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Afternoon tea

Best afternoon tea in Glasgow

Best afternoon tea in Glasgow

Afternoon tea is a favourite in Glasgow, with many places offering 3-tiers of yumminess. Check out our guide to some of the top spots for afternoon tea in the city.

Afternoon tea in historic settings

A three tiered cake stand is fully stocked on a table that includes tea cups and crockery in the Mackintosh willow blue and white style

Mackintosh at the Willow

Mackintosh at the Willow is a world-class cultural and heritage attraction. Their afternoon tea in the Salon de Luxe room includes an expert talk about the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed tearooms and the chance to visit their exhibition. Visit the Mackintosh at the Willow website to book.

Crossbasket Castle

The 17th century Crossbasket Castle is located on the outskirts of Glasgow. The restaurant is overseen by celebrity chef, Michel Roux Jr, so expect a range of delicacies. Visit Crossbasket Castle's website for dining and booking details.

The Corinthian Club

The Corinthian Club is a grade-A listed building steeped in history, with previous lives as a bank and a court. Enjoy their Signature Afternoon Tea of finger sandwiches, sweet treats, with or without champagne, all under a stunning domed-glass ceiling. Visit The Corinthian Club website to book a table.

Elegant afternoon tea for two

A mirrored wall motif of a women's face and roses that is in the Mackintosh Art Nouveau style

House for an Art Lover

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh in 1901 and finally realised in 1996, House for an Art Lover has a beautiful Art Nouveau style. Book a table in the Art Lover’s Café and enjoy viewing the art exhibitions whilst dining on an afternoon tea that includes classics such as macarons and frangipane slices.

Cranachan Café, Princes Square

Enjoy browsing at Princes Square before heading to Scottish café and restaurant Cranachan Café for a delicious afternoon tea. Served daily from 2pm, you can pick from a selection of sandwiches, cakes and mini desserts accompanied with tea, Prosecco or even a gin cocktail. Visit Cranachan Café online to book a table.

Cup Tea Lounge

There's not one but two Cup Tea Lounge venues in the city centre - the beautiful B-listed venue on Renfield Street and the courtyard setting of Virginia Court. With vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and children's menus available, everyone can enjoy! Go all out with a glass of champagne or one of their gin cocktail teapots. Visit cuptearooms.co.uk and decide which venue to visit first!

Top Glasgow hotels for afternoon tea

A table on a balcony overlooking a rooftop view of the city centre of Glasgow including the Tron Church steeple.

Credit: Carlton George Hotel

Carlton George Hotel

Located near George Square, book a table at the Carlton George Hotel for a fabulous afternoon tea, which includes a selection of homemade cakes, from choux buns to tiffin squares to strawberry tarts. What makes it special? It's served on the 7th floor with views across the city centre rooftops.

Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor

Relax with friends in the new lounge at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, The Terrace. Overlooking the Botanic Gardens, enjoy a scrummy afternoon tea and choose from a great selection of premium loose leaf teas or unwind with a bespoke cocktail, a glass of wine or even some champagne. Visit www.hilton.com to make a booking.

Sherbrooke Castle Hotel

Enjoy a day out in the southside of the city, with afternoon tea in the splendid surroundings of Sherbrooke Castle Hotel. Designed by architects Robert Sandilands and John Thomson (son of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson) in 1896, this baronial villa is perfect for a special occasion. Take a look at this unique hotel online.

Quirky places for afternoon tea in Glasgow

Three red old fashioned double-decker buses lined up outside two city tourist attractions, the People's Palace and Doulton Fountain.
A glass tea pot full of pink gin and topped with edible flowers ready to pour into two crystal glasses.

Credit: Red Bus Bistro

Red Bus Bistro

Red Bus Bistro is a totally unique dining experience. Step aboard the vintage Routemaster bus and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, whilst on a tour of Glasgow's top attractions. Take in the sights of the city over a scone (and gin!) by booking your experience at the Red Bus Bistro website.

The Tea Rooms

The Tea Rooms at The Butterfly and The Pig adds a twist to afternoon tea with mismatched crockery and shabby chic decor. The afternoon tea itself offers a hearty selection that will fill up even the hungriest diners with their excellent cake portions! Head to The Tea Rooms website to book.

Hidden Lane Tea Rooms

Patterned teapots create a perfect setting for afternoon tea in Finnieston. Miniature cakes and sandwiches are served on vintage tiered cake stands at the Hidden Lane Tea Rooms. Book early at hiddenlanetearoom.com so as to avoid disappointment at this hidden gem.

Article last updated: September 2021

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