Best High Tea Spots In Glasgow

Our Favourite High Tea Spots In Glasgow

Glasgow is a city with many faces. We’ve not only got some of the best shopping outside of London, a hugely diverse theatre scene and are a go-to destination for some of the world’s biggest music artists, we can also boast one of the most dynamic restaurant and bar directories in the country.

If you’re in town for a special occasion or just feel like treating yourself to some well-earned downtime then a spot of high tea could be the answer. Make like the Queen and put your feet up in the afternoon at one of our top picks below. Enjoy a boozy couple of hours or keep it tame with hot drinks – either way you’re sure to find your sweet spot at an eatery to suit you.

Willow Tea Rooms 

This Glasgow institution was crafted under the direction of famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Its striking interior is a true feat of design with something at every turn to catch the eye. Their traditional afternoon tea earned them a place in the Sunday Times Magazine’s Top 20 afternoon tea spots in Britain and you can expect homemade scones and sandwiches served on quaint three-tier stands, as well as a choice of cake from the cake trolley and tea or coffee.

Grand Central Hotel

The Grand Central Hotel sits smack bang in the middle of the city. The outside of the building sports some imposing architectural design but its inside that really makes the place sing with lavish decoration throughout and more than one sparkling chandelier. Afternoon tea is hosted in their Champagne Bar so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a tipple. Delicate macaroons and whisky-soaked sultana scones adorn your plate, as well as sandwiches and mini filled brioche rolls.

Hidden Lane Tearoom

Offering home-baking down a cobbled street cut off from the hustle and bustle of the city, this really is a true hidden gem. The tearoom has been going for a number of years and has garnered a loyal following with regulars coming back time and again to sample their secret recipe scones and delightful mini cakes available as part of their afternoon tea menu.


In the heart of the city Brown’s is a little slice of luxury as this bar and brasserie serves up indulgent afternoon tea in Glasgow’s former General Post Office building. Fruit scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream along with loose leaf teas are on the menu, or opt for champagne or Hendrick’s gin if you feel like something stronger.

Carlton George Hotel

Windows is the only rooftop restaurant in Glasgow and offers fantastic views of the city skyline and what better way to enjoy than with a spot of afternoon tea on a sunny day? The venue offers freshly made sandwiches and delights like Portuguese custard tarts to get your taste buds going.