Whether you’re a writer looking for a place that’ll feed your ideas, a hipster looking for the best vibes, or even a group of friends who’ve decided to treat yourselves, Glasgow has a wide range of tea rooms to offer. Here are my top five favourite tea-ventures:
The best spot for chilled out ambiance is Tchai-ovna, found down the cobbled Otago Lane. Teeming with warmth and mismatched furniture, Tchai-ovna offers 80 of varieties of tea, from Faerie’s Blood to their best seller, Yogi-yogi chai. Each pot varies in design but is constant in spiced happiness and their scrumptious vegetarian menu even includes a filling Middle-Eastern platter. Top up with chocolate cake or Baklava and you’ll happily spend about £15. Even without getting to rub the tummy of the resident kitty, you are guaranteed satisfaction.
Aptly named and quietly tucked behind Argyle Street, Hidden Lane Tea Room serves all the classical treats in a pretty three-tiered tea stand. Brimming with adorable tea sets, freshly baked treats and a pastel elegance, the room offers a cosy environment which makes your visit feel special. A regular afternoon tea sets you back about £12. However, if you want to stagger out the door with a food baby and a sleepy smile, the £16 luxury afternoon tea is the way to go. There is no better way to stir up a happy tummy.
If you’re looking to steep yourself in old fashioned charm, the obvious choice would be The Cup and Saucer. It’s nestled in the corner of De Courcy’s arcade on Creswell Lane and is filled with classy 50s paraphernalia. With porcelain tea sets, retro decor and the layout of a vintage household complete with an old television and cosy couch, you feel completely at home. Top that off with delectable treats served by the wonderful manager and you’re in vintage heaven, after only spending around £10.
The Butterfly and the Pig tea room has all the bearings of a top-notch traditional tea room with its large open windows, pretty wallpaper and shelves stacked with a variety of tea pots. Add the showcase of numerous frosted cakes and you will be hungry the minute you sit down. The incredibly filling and delicious afternoon tea would set you back about £12, and their ginger cake with cream cheese frosting will simply melt away your worries one bite at a time.
In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Buchanan Street is The Willow Tea Rooms, styled on Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s original room designs. Whether you choose to sit in the white or the blue room, for about £12 you could have an entire meal with all the delicious afternoon tea fixings. If you’re looking to spend more you could even have prosecco or champagne with your afternoon delicacies.
There isn’t an occasion in the world that tea cannot fix and these tea rooms hand the experience an extra oomph. Thankfully, Glasgow is brimming with quality tea rooms where you can steep in the atmosphere and have a tea-tastic time.