Eating Out In Glasgow | Willow Tea Room

A close up shot of The Willow Tea Rooms In Glasgow city centre, white sign with some rennie mackintosh designs in black along with the name

[AD/Gifted] On Saturday 10th Of June my best friend and I went into Willow Tea rooms for some afternoon tea. To say we were super pleased with the whole experience would be an understatement. So today I am here to tell you all about them and why you should go and have a beautiful afternoon at Willow Tea Rooms filled with super yummy sandwiches & cakes.

Close up of a sign within the tea rooms that points to the Chinese tea room and toilets

About Willow Tea Rooms;

Taken from Their Site.

"The story of the Willow Tea Rooms and our owner Anne Mulhern’s inspiration began a long, long time ago…

Kate Cranston, the famous Glasgow Tea Room Entrepreneur, and one of Mackintosh’s biggest supporters, was born in her father’s hotel in George Square, Glasgow in 1849. The Cranston family were avid supporters of the temperance movement and Kate’s brother Stuart gets the credit for opening the first Tea Room anywhere. He was a tea merchant and his enthusiasm for his product led him to having a kettle on hand in his shop to provide samples for his customers..."

An overview of The Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow, there are multiple tables spread out and every seat is taken up

When we arrived the queue was out the door... Literally! The place was packed full of people waiting to be seated so I already knew that this place was going to be a good one, especially with that amount of people choosing to wait until they got a table. We waited around 5 minutes then I spoke to the woman who was seating people and she showed us to our table, luckily enough they had one ready for us coming but I did feel bad that we were skipping everyone who was waiting for a table haha. 

I noticed on our way in that they also had an upstairs seating area but I'm not sure if it's part of the same place or if it's different because it says "Chinese Tea Rooms" so I would think it's different, I also noticed that the toilets were upstairs and I'm glad there's a big sign to point it out otherwise I think I may have been wandering about for a while so I'm glad it's all perfectly displayed on a big sign.

Photo of the inside of Willow Tea room with people sitting at the tables

Close up of Willow tea room napkin holder

We were seated, given menus and asked what we would like to drink, to start with I had a can of Coke while Lisa had Irn-bru and I also ordered some apple tea to try because you know, we were out at afternoon tea! I noticed that there was a little "bag" ornament on the table that held some napkins in it, I saw that they were selling these in the gift shop so it was nice to get a feel for the product before you buy in a way, it's definitely perfectly placed because after looking at it for so long I really fell in love and wanted to pick one up, maybe next time I'm in.

Our drinks arrived and I got a cute little tea pot and everything! The whole set up was lovely and gave a very personal touch to the experience, there was even a little strainer! The apple tea tasted absolutely amazing, I really have no other words, it went down perfectly and I would most certainly order this again, it's a tea I would suggest you try. 

Close up of white cup and white tea pot from Willow tea rooms

Close up of a white cup with tea in it

The Food

Willow tea rooms glasgow The Willow Club Sandwich close up

For my bite to eat I decided to have the The Willow Club Sandwich - deep filled three layers of toasted white bread filled with chicken, Ayrshire back bacon, lettuce, tomato & mayo (£7.50) Now when I ordered this I was under the assumption that I would just be getting two little sandwiches but oh lord was I wrong! The portion size is amazing, I have to admit though that this totally defeated me, I was tapping out two bits in but forced myself to eat another bit and then at least eat the bread of the last one. It was super filling which is just what you want when you're ordering food, nothing worse than getting what you ordered, eating it and then still feeling hungry. So this is the perfect way to fill yourself up and it's one of the best sandwiches I have ever ate, hands down. I also liked that it came with a side salad, that was a lovely surprise. 

close up of The Willow Club Sandwich from willow tea rooms

Close up from the other side of The Willow Club Sandwich

Lisa went for the Scottish mature cheddar with red onion (£4.25) By what she said, it was delicious! It looked it, my mouth was watering just taking pictures of it and it's a fantastic portion size for the price.

Close up photo of Scottish mature cheddar with red onion sandwich from willow tea rooms

The Desserts 

close up photo of Lemon Meringue Pie from willow tea rooms

After our sandwiches we decided to have a "Little" cake... They didn't turn out to be so little and we were completely gob smacked at the size! I am so thrilled with how mines tasted, I decided to have their Homemade Strawberry tart and Lisa had their Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie. Mines tasted heavenly, I really have nothing negative to say! I can really see me taking my gran there for a spot of afternoon tea after a day of shopping because I know she would just love these sweet treats. If you're a fan of anything cakes then you will love this place.

Close up photo of a strawberry tart from Willow tea rooms

Last but not least their toilets! The place was bright and totally matched the rest of the decor outside of the bathroom. They were clean, well kept and I could definitely get a great lit selfie in there because of how nice and bright it was. The toilet gets a thumbs up from me!

Photo of the willow tea rooms bathroom

All in all we had a great time at Willow Tea Rooms. The staff were very friendly and all had a smile on their faces and I'm not surprised because it seems like a great place to work, filled with beautiful designs It's relaxing, friendly and serves fantastic food with an array of different teas and cakes. You can view their whole menu HERE. The place is spacious and I noticed that people did get seated fairly quickly which was good so I can't imagine you would be waiting too long for a table. The toilets were clean, big hit for me, I loved the food, Lisa had a great time and the whole thing was perfect, the best afternoon tea I have ever had and that Strawberry tart was the icing on the cake... excuse the pun! So if you are in Glasgow then check them out. They can be found in Watt brothers or in Buchanan Street, both addresses are down below.

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*I was given this experience in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own*

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  1. This looks like such a lovely place, I love the big chairs haha. All of the food looks delicious, making me so hungry, especially the lemon meringue! Also I think I'd love that tea you tried, thank you so much for sharing your review on this place, will definitely try and check it out in the future! x

    Tiffany x

    1. The big chairs are one of my favourite pieces as well! I just love the whole style of the place as I'm such a big Charles rennie mackintosh fan!

  2. ooo that tart looks amazing!! I'm not sure about the chairs though, a get it's a theme but they make the room look way smaller than it probably is.

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes |

    1. The tart tasted sooooo good! The chairs are one of my favourite features tbh, it's a Charles Rennie Mackintosh style cafe with the style being drawn from his work, it's definitely a signature style from him x

  3. This looks and sounds like such a gorgeous little place to go. The food has made me hungry and all the little personal touches made it seem like a business that really cares about it's enviroment and customers. Great post x

    1. It really is a lovely place, so welcoming and bright!

  4. I love this place! I wish that this was closer to me because I would DEFINITELY be making a trip there. Thank you for sharing!

    Britt |

  5. Oh goodness girl I love reading this! Thanks for writing such an in-depth post!! When I make it to Glasgow, I'll have to go here. I love places like this :)

  6. Great post. I like the sound of Apple tea and you are right. Hate still feeling hungry if you are at a restaurant.

  7. It does look really nice there. I love the dΓ©cor, and the high backed chairs, they're really different, and those desserts look lovely.

  8. Wow this place sounds and looks incredible! Those chairs are lovely i need them hehe.
    Leigh |

  9. I literally want to come to Glasgow just to try this place out! It sounds like my cup of tea (excuse the pun)
    I'm glad you both had a lovely time there! The food looks so amazing!

  10. Its sucb a shame I'm not close to try it out.. it looks amazing..