“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the ceremony known as afternoon tea,” said Henry James.
We couldn’t agree more. There is something indulgent about spending an afternoon feasting on a tiered tray filled with cakes and fingers sandwiches, accompanied by a piping hot pot of tea or coffee (gossip optional).
As all afternoon tea aficionados know, a successful “ceremony” relies on three important factors: food, surroundings and details.
Here we have listed five afternoon teas in Glasgow who we believe have nailed all three.
Hotel du Vin @ One Devonshire
The five star Hotel du Vin @ One Devonshire, which is situated in a townhouse in a gorgeous West End Victorian terrace, is filled with nooks and crannies and little corners perfect for huddling over an afternoon tea. Unlike other five star hotels in Glasgow, Hotel du Vin focuses on tradition rather than glamour; think cosy army chairs, tartan cushions and roaring fires. Their afternoon tea is made to order and their selection of fresh cakes changes daily.
£22.95 classic afternoon tea with tea + glass of Champagne at Hotel du Vin @ One Devonshire.
Afternoon tea with scones, cakes and… satay sticks? Chaophraya serves afternoon tea with a difference, presenting a Thai take on the British tradition. The surroundings aren’t bad either; with over four floors of spectacular surroundings within Nelson Mandela Place’s The Townhouse. See Chaophraya’s afternoon tea in action.
£15.95 for Thai afternoon tea at Chaophraya.
Blythswood Square Restaurant
With pendant chandeliers, red velvet booths and the highest expenditure of Harris tweed since the QE2, the aesthetic of the five star Blythswood Hotel is modern Scottish luxury. Their afternoon tea is named after the Duchess of Bedford who apparently introduced the tradition when she requested to be served tea and cakes to tide her over to dinner. Blythswood Square Restaurant’s afternoon tea includes eclairs, cheesecake, macaroons, sandwiches and smoked salmon served with oatcakes.
£28 Blythswood Square afternoon tea at the Blythswood Square Restaurant on 5pm.
October Cafe and Late Bar
For a sleek, city centre afternoon tea experience, October Cafe and Late Bar is the place to be. Situated on the top floor of the stylish Princes Square shopping mall, the balcony has a view of all the goings on underneath. The afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, cakes, and scones with cream and jam and a glass of Prosecco can be added for an extra £3.
£8.95 afternoon tea at October Cafe and Late Bar on 5pm.
The Honours Glasgow – Malmaison
Overseen by multiple Michelin star awarded chef Martin Wishart, The Honours is one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Glasgow. Situated in a a former Greek Orthodox church, the high ceilings, gilded columns, chandeliers and chic cocktail bar, makes The Honours a very elegant spot to enjoy an afternoon tea.
17.50 for afternoon tea at The Honours Glasgow – Malmaison on 5pm Dining.