Giving the gift of an afternoon tea is giving the gift of indulgence: an opportunity to to eat cakes, smother scones with cream and jam, and wash it all down with copious amounts of tea (and maybe a glass of fizz).
It’s a treat that will delight anyone who receives it on Christmas day. We have plenty of afternoon tea deals on our 5pm Christmas gifts page to choose from. Here’s ten.
Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel
The banks of Loch Lomond are even bonnier when you have a cake in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. This Christmas gift of afternoon tea at Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel is a wonderful day out in a spectacular setting. A stroll along the beach and a wander around the picturesque village of Luss would be a lovely way to finish the day.
Morning Tea or Prosecco Afternoon Tea + Optional Leisure Access for 2 at 4* Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel; from £19 on 5pm Christmas Gifts.
Pinc Ink Cafe
A Mean Girls themed afternoon tea in a cafe decked out entirely in shades of pink: this adorable afternoon tea at Pink Cafe in Shawlands is made for Instagram. The tea includes treats like mini croissants, mini Empire biscuits, scones, Greek yogurt with granola and raspberry lemonade. So fetch.
£24.50 for a Mean Girls Morning Tea for 2 at Pink Inc Cafe, Southside on 5pm Christmas Gifts.
Windows - Carlton George
The unique selling point of Windows’ afternoon tea is undoubtedly their setting in a rooftop terrace overlooking Glasgow. In fact Windows is Glasgow’s only rootop restaurant. The afternoon tea itself includes sandwiches, cakes, scones which are freshly baked each day along with desserts like pink lamingtons, strawberry tarts, choux buns. The addition of a pink gin makes guests feel like they’re on top of the world.
£24 for Afternoon Tea with Pink Gin & Lemonade for 2 at Windows - Carlton George on 5pm Christmas Gifts.
Arta have taken the British tradition of afternoon tea and given it a Spanish twist, serving up tapas and Andalusian desserts alongside a sparkling glass of Cava. Arta’s surroundings are just as impressive as the food: modelled on an opulent Spanish hacienda, it’s a jaw-dropping mix of sweeping stairs, glittering candelabras and marble statues.
£24 for a Spanish Afternoon Tea + Glass of Fizz for 2 at Arta on 5pm Christmas Gifts.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill
Epitomising what the celebrity chef himself called “affordable glamour,” Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Glasgow has luxurious surroundings of white lined tablecloths, red velvet sofas and crystal beaded wall lights. Served on a three tier stand, the afternoon tea features a selection of dainty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with cream and jam plus a delicious selection of pastries and cakes. A choice of fine tea or freshly brewed coffee plus the option to include a glass of fizz are included.
Afternoon Tea with Optional Fizz for 2 at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill within Hotel Indigo; from £18 on 5pm Christmas Gifts.
Mal Bar at Glasgow’s Malmaison is a cool hangout with eye-catching Pop Art, ideal for a catch-up with a chum. Their afternoon tea is perfect for a gin fan as it includes a Hendrick’s cocktail.
£34 for Hendrick's Afternoon Tea for 2 at Chez Mal Bar in Glasgow Malmaison on 5pm Christmas Gifts.
The Millennium Lounge, part of the Millenium Hotel, offers a haven of style and calm in the prime location of George Square. An elegant, tranquil space, it’s ideal for meeting up with friends to catch up with gossip. With tables available in the conservatory overlooking George Square, guests can watch the world go by while your cakes and sandwiches slowly disappear.
Festive Afternoon Tea with Optional Prosecco for 2 at Millennium Hotel, from £19 on 5pm Christmas Gifts.
The Terrace, Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor
The Terrace within the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel at the top of Byres Road is a plush place to enjoy an afternoon tea - they even have a grand piano. The Terrace takes the tea part of their afternoon tea very seriously; guests can choose from a selection of jars of loose leaf teas created by Chash, with everything from traditional English Breakfast to Rose hip. They take the food part of the afternoon tea seriously too, offering a mouthwatering range of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and desserts which include cream brûlée, chocolate mousse and mini trifles.
Afternoon Tea with Sparkling Wine for 2 or 4 at The Terrace, Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor; from £26 on 5pm Christmas Gifts.
29 - The Grill At The Square
Private members club 29 is a sophisticated spot to enjoy an afternoon tea with its luxurious surroundings and view over the canopy of fairy lights covering Royal Exchange Square. Their tea includes a selection of fine teas and coffees, sandwiches, fruit scones with Chantilly cream and strawberry jam and cakes including mini-strawberry tarts, blueberry muffins, millionaire bites and raspberry and lemon choux buns.
Luxury Afternoon Tea with Prosecco or G&T for 2 at 29 Private Members Club; from £19 on 5pm Christmas Gifts.
Hotel du Vin St Andrews
Overlooking the famous West Sands beach and just a two minute walk from the R&A Clubhouse and First Tee on the Old Course, Hotel du Vin in St Andrews is a gorgeous setting to enjoy afternoon tea. Flooded with natural light, the cosy bistro features dark, reclaimed floors, restored fireplaces and beautiful chandeliers. The tea is a feast of finger sandwiches, scones with strawberry preserve and clotted cream and a selection of exquisite cakes carefully curated by the hotel’s talented chefs.
£39 for Afternoon Tea + Prosecco for 2 at Hotel du Vin, St Andrews on 5pm Christmas Gifts.
For more afternoon teas that make great Christmas gifts, visit our 5pm Christmas Gifts page.