Thursday, 21 May 2015
Afternoon Tea at The Willow Tea Rooms
Willow Tea Rooms for afternoon tea. I had been before, but only for tea and cake and never for a full-blown afternoon tea, so I was buzzing. We had been saving ourselves all day and were starving. My mum and I were the only ones who had had afternoon tea before, so it was really fun to introduce the others to the tradition.
The Willow Tea Rooms were designed by the famous Glaswegian architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1903. There are actually two tearooms, one on Buchanan Street and one on Sauchiehall Street. The latter is the original, so of course we went to that one. The successful business woman Kate Cranston commissioned Mackintosh to design her tearoom on Sauchiehall Street back at the turn of the century, and it used to occupy the whole building, whereas today it's a bit smaller. We were seated in the "Room de Luxe," with its spectacular throne-like chairs and beautiful windows looking out onto the street below. You used to have to pay more for a seat in that room, but now it's just a matter of luck where you're seated. The other room is lovely too, but less bright and airy.
The afternoon tea itself is very classic, but delicious. You get a selection of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, shortbread and then your choice of cake and your choice of tea. Their tea selection is extensive, so there is definitely something for everyone. I opted for lapsang souchong, which is one of my favourite types of tea. The sandwiches were delicious, and about half of them were vegetarian. The cakes, although not very extravagant in their appearance, were also delicious, but the best part was definitely the scones. Light and fluffy, with a buttery flavour, served with clotted cream (I've got so much love for clotted cream) and lovely raspberry jam. I wouldn't mind having them again right now!
When was the last time you had afternoon tea?