Afternoon Tea at Blythswood Square Hotel
There are only a few places in Glasgow where you can have afternoon tea in such luxurious surroundings, and Blythswood Square Hotel is one of them. Since I’ve been old enough to enjoy a cocktail or two, Blythswood is one of the places I’ve got for a little special occasion drink with friends and family. Located just off Sauchihall Street in Glasgow in a gorgeous Georgian building overlooking a well kept private garden, it’s the most opulent location in the city centre to enjoy my favourite type of food.
On my birthday week (yup I celebrated/commiserated for a week) I planned an overnight stay in Glasgow with my cousin. Because we love the cocktails in the Blythswood, we decided to go and try the afternoon tea. The welcome was warm, as usual, and we were directed upstairs to the Salon, a beautiful cocktail bar on the first floor - perfect for people watching! As per usual, we couldn’t resist the cocktail menu, and both decided to go for a French 75 - a blend of gin, lemon and prosecco which was delicious.
Once we were settled and comfortable our afternoon tea arrived. We had a stand each (so no fighting over what looked good!) and each stand had three tiers filled with goodies. I had the vegetarian option, with finger sandwiches filled with the likes of egg mayonnaise, roasted red pepper and hummus and cucumber and cream cheese - very traditional! My cousins sandwiches were filled with things like beef and horseradish and salmon. Everything was fresh, dainty and seasonal. We also had another glass of prosecco. Obviously.
Cake wise, we were given two dainty little scones with jam and clotted cream, warm from the oven which were delicious and not too filling - we didn’t want to miss out on the cakes! The top tier had little petit four type sweet treats, including a delicious macaron, a simple sponge topped with buttercream and a heavenly miniature waffle filled with chocolate mousse. We were in absolute heaven. Everything was so delicately presented, there was even a little flower decoration.
The afternoon tea as a whole was fantastic. Not too much and not too little, we were perfectly full but not ready to roll over and have a nap. We had a few more drinks and a chat with some of the other diners which was absolutely lovely - that’s the kind of atmosphere the Blythswood Hotel creates for its customers. We could have stayed all day people watching and chatting, but didn’t want to outstay our welcome! Next time? I’ll be booking a room and checking out the spa too!
Check out Blythswood Hotel and book your own afternoon tea here. I can’t recommend it enough!