Glasgow gets a bad rep, but this is one of the exciting and beautiful cities in Scotland providing you’re looking inmthe right places. It has changed and an influx of money, tourism and businesses has helped with that change, making afternoon tea in Glasgow an experience you won’t want to miss out on. These are the best places for doing just that, letting you sip quality teas and enjoy great treats as you get to know Glasgow.
The Hidden Lane Tearoom
The Hidden Lane Tearoom offers great tea in a vintage setting, with chintzy tea-ware, triangle sandwiches, mini-savoury buns and a selection of colourful cakes and treats. One of the best things about this Glasgow cream tea venue is that the cakes change every single day. It’s not so great if you find one that you love and want it day after day, but it’s perfect if you love variety and want to stop by several times a week.
The Corinthian Club
Consider the Corinthian Club as the Glaswegian Savoy. It’s not quite as upmarket and formal, but the setting is just as grand, with a vintage aesthetic mixed with a unique quirky style. There are rows of plush booths clad in purple fabric; huge, glitzy chandeliers sitting over the tables; and a bar complete with all the alcohol drink you could need to add something different to your cream tea.
The Butterfly and the Pig
Forget about dainty finger sandwiches and treats and try something new with this location on Bath Street. The sandwiches are thick and chunky, there are big cupcakes instead of little neatly cut cakes and you’ll be eager to sink your teeth into their savoury and sweet scone selection.
They are also very versatile if you want to make swaps or have a dietary requirement that needs to be met. They also have a dinner menu if you would prefer something a little more filling—although this is one afternoon tea that should fill you up.
Grand Central Hotel
Sitting on the site of an old railway station, the Grand Central Hotel is one of the best places to stay in the city, perfect for its class and its affordability, as well as it’s perfectly situated location. Modern food and service meets old-school glamour here, giving you a taste of what it would be like to enjoy cream tea in years gone by.
The Cup and the Saucer
Offering a smaller and more cozy atmosphere than the grand hotels above, the Cup and the Sauce takes you on trip back in time to the 1950s. It’s popular with older clientele because it’s a bit of a throwback, but at the same time there is a huge selection of decadent cakes to choose from, which makes it ideal for anyone who loves food, regardless of age.
The cakes include some classics like coffee and walnut, some of the biggest scones you have ever seen, and a chocolate and salted caramel cake that is to die for. It might look like something your granny used to make, but its taste can rival anything you’ll find in the Grand Central, or any other Glasgow afternoon tearoom for that matter.