Last Thursday I had a day off again, and since my sister didn't start work until in the afternoon I headed into Glasgow in the morning to spend a few hours with her. The week before we had stumbled upon The Tearooms at The Butterfly and the Pig, and resolved to go there next time we had the chance. It's easy to miss from the outside, especially since it's on a street where you don't walk very often, but it's a lovely tea room! The interiors are wonderful - the building and the rooms are quite old, which makes it feel almost like you've travelled back in time, and the mismatched furniture, plates and cups give a quirky touch to the otherwise old-fashioned and classic room.
The afternoon tea itself was pretty good, but not the best I've had. Since I don't eat meat we asked for vegetarian sandwiches and were served some with cheese and a tomato chutney as well as some with an egg and cress filling. The sandwiches were tasty, although the bread was a bit on the dry side. Next, we got a selection of cakes and one teeny tiny scone each. The sandwich to cake & scone ratio was way off, in my opinion. The scones are usually my favourite part of an afternoon tea, so I would've liked two scones each, or at least one bigger! The scone itself was lovely, despite its size, but the filling (cream and some kind of jam) was a bit too sweet for my liking. As for the cakes, I was hoping we would get to choose from the the selection of cakes that they had out, since they all looked amazing! Instead we got four small slices of cakes - one little lemon & poppy seed cake each, as well as one carrot and raisin (I think?) and one chocolate and blueberry. I really can't fault the cakes though as they were all lovely! On the top tier we got oatcakes with brie, rocket and chutney, which were really good.
Considering the price (£12.95 per person), I think the afternoon tea was pretty decent, but of the ones I've tried in Glasgow I prefer The Willow Tea Rooms and Cup. The Tearooms at the Butterfly and the Pig seemed to have a lot of delicious-looking breakfasts, however, and as said the cakes looked beautiful, so I'd love to go back to try something else. If not just for the atmosphere!
What are your afternoon tea preferences? Do you prefer more of the savoury and less of the sweet, or more scones and cake, and fewer sandwiches?