This quintessentially British pastime has found a welcome home in Glasgow, with an abundance of places in the city available to enjoy delectable sandwiches, freshly baked scones and warming teas:
Red Bus Bistro
Red Bus Bistro is a truly unique destination in which to dine. Step aboard the vintage Routemaster bus and enjoy one of a range of wonderful, tailor-made dining experiences, all the while exploring the delights of Scotland’s biggest city. This carefully converted sightseeing vehicle provides a delightfully cosy atmosphere for diners, enhanced by friendly staff. Various dining experiences are available, including the delightful afternoon tea experience, during which you can indulge in a selection of pastries, cakes and warm home-baked scones served with traditional preserves and fresh, locally produced cream.
Indulge in afternoon tea in one of the most luxurious spots in Glasgow, Blythswood Square. Head to the Salon on the first floor and indulge in a selection of sandwiches, savoury treats and homemade cakes. Choose from a selection of loose leaf teas to complement your scones and clotted cream, Salted caramel chocolate tart or Cranachan and Drambuie macaron.
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 affair 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's also the 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 adds a whimsical twist on the traditional teahouse. Through the use of interesting ingredients and unusual presentations, they manage to inject some light-hearted humour into this traditional afternoon ritual. The afternoon tea itself offers a hearty selection that will fill up even the hungriest diners, starting with regional salmon sandwiches and oatcakes before the sweet treats.
Carlton George Hotel
Located just off George Square the Carlton George Hotel offers a fabulous afternoon tea which includes a selection of homemade cakes, from Portugese custard tarts to chocolate eclairs and citrus drizzle cake along with a selection of freshly made sandwiches. What makes the difference? It's the only rooftop restaurant in Glasgow!
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 an opulent surrounding.
Cup Tea Lounge
The name ‘Cup’ has become synonymous with tasty cakes and 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 is the perfect place to enjoy their afternoon tea, with three tiers of finger sandwiches alongside Cup’s own famous scones and cupcakes. Not enough? Go all out with a glass of champagne or one of their fabulous cocktails.
Cushion & Cake
Cushion & Cake is a little gem tucked away on Hyndland Street 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. 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 (yes, it’s true. Tea really does taste better from a proper tea cup).
Grand Central Hotel
For a touch of luxury, head to the Grand Central Hotel attached to Glasgow 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 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. A generous selection of tea, all from Tchai-Ovna, includes the Yogo Yogi Chai, milky-sweet and nicely spiced. Hidden Lane Tea Rooms is the kind of place you’ll want to shout about, but won’t, in case there are no seats next time you go!
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 tea 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.
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. Their presentation is packed with surprises and something you won’t forget!