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Afternoon tea in Glasgow

The quintessential British pastime of afternoon tea is a favourite in Glasgow, with many places offering a tower of delectable sandwiches, freshly baked scones and warming teas or even a glass or two of champagne. Check out our guide to some of the top spots for afternoon tea in the city.

Enjoy afternoon tea in historic settings

Mackintosh at the Willow

A table is set for afternoon tea with a 3-tiered cake stand full of treats, with white and blue detailed cups and plates set out, fresh flowers and a gin decanter. The blurry background shows waiting staff taking table orders.

Mackintosh at the Willow is a world-class cultural and heritage attraction. Their SDL afternoon tea combines afternoon tea in the Salon de Luxe room with an expert talk about Charles Rennie Mackintosh's designed tearooms and the chance to explore their interactive exhibition. Head to the Mackintosh at the Willow website to book.

The Corinthian Club

The Corinthian Club is a grade-A listed building steeped in history, with previous lives as a bank and a judiciary court. Indulge in their Signature Afternoon Tea of finger sandwiches and sweet treats, with or without champagne, under the iconic Corinthian domed glass ceiling - it truly is a sight to behold. Head to The Corinthian Club website to book a table.

Crossbasket Castle

The stunning 17th century Crossbasket Castle is located just 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 and look out for their special Hendrick's Gin afternoon tea days. 

Elegant afternoon tea for two in the city

Cup Tea Lounge

Choose to make a booking at one of the two Cup Tea Lounge venues in the city centre - the beautiful B-listed venue on Renfield Street or the quaint setting of Virginia Court. With vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and children's menus available, everyone can enjoy three tiers of yumminess. Go all out with a glass of champagne or one of their gin cocktail teapots.

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 a leisurely browse around the independent and high street retailers in Princes Square before heading to Scottish café and restaurant Cranachan, for a delicious afternoon tea. Served daily, you can pick from a selection of sandwiches, cakes and mini desserts and accompany with tea, Prosecco or even a gin cocktail. Visit Cranachan Cafe online to book a table.

 

Top Glasgow hotels for afternoon tea

Sherbrooke Castle Hotel

A close-up of three delicious looking desserts on top of a wooden serving tray. Each looks very different with a cookie, a tart and a mason jar with cream and berries.

Enjoy a day out in the south 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 and make a booking now.

Afternoon tea is set up at a window-side table with a beautiful rooftop view of a Glasgow city centre church

Carlton George Hotel

Located just off George Square, book a table in the Carlton George Hotel for a fabulous afternoon tea which includes a selection of homemade cakes, from choux buns to tiffin squares and strawberry tarts along with a selection of freshly made sandwiches. What makes the difference? It's served on the seventh 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 decadent 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.

 

For a quirky afternoon tea in Glasgow

The Tea Rooms 

The Tea Rooms at The Butterfly and Pig adds a whimsical 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 and harlequin chairs create a perfect setting for afternoon tea in Finnieston. Dainty sandwiches and miniature cakes are served on vintage tiered cake stands at the Hidden Lane Tea Rooms. Book early on their website so as to avoid disappointment and discover a hidden gem of a spot.

Red Bus Bistro

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

  

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Article last updated: July 2021