During a recent weekend trip to Glasgow for the first time ever (I know, right?!), Lloyd and I had the pleasure of staying at the gorgeous Blythswood Square Hotel for the night.
Now…you know my nose for an Afternoon Tea, right? Well a little bird sure told me that there was one right here to hunt down, and one right here at Blythswood there certainly well is!
"Blythswood Square has been a prestigious address since the early 19th century. Overlooking a private garden square, the hotel's Georgian townhouses were originally home to wealthy merchants and were later turned into the club headquarters for The Royal Scottish Automobile Club.
The Blythswood is one of Glasgow’s best-established and luxurious hotels, and the only one with an AA five-star accreditation. Widely acclaimed for its exceptional service, and winner of Hotel Manager of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Hotel Awards, the hotel also includes a grand-floor restaurant and first-floor bar (the Salon)."
The Afternoon Tea takes place in “The Salon”, a gorgeously light, high ceiling, quilted seated dining area fit for all manner of finery lovers. Large circular and square tables seat from 2, to many very comfortably, and the window lined wall with views to Blythswood Square itself were dreamy to gaze from.
Even as the room became busier, the tables are spaced the perfect distance apart from fellow diners that you don't feel imposed upon, or even notice the room beginning to fill.
Hello Blythswood! Such a beautifully atmospheric setting, with an intimate dining experience in mind for you and your guests.
Let’s take a look at the menu.
BLYTHSWOOD AFTERNOON TEA
Available from 12noon - 5pm £29 per person
Add a glass of Moët and Chandon Champagne for £10.75 per person
Or a Grey Goose Le Fizz cocktail £10.50 per person (Grey Goose original vodka, elderflower liqueur, lime juice and soda)
Spiced Almond & Blackberry Financier
Apple Crumble & Custard Choux
Passion Fruit & Milk Chocolate Macaron
Blood Orange, White Chocolate & Cardamom Tart
Traditional and fruit & plain scones with Cornish Clotted Cream & Preserve
Ham & Tomato Chutney on White Bread
Chicken Mayonnaise on Brown Bread
Mini Brioche Roll filled with Egg Mayonnaise
Smoked Salmon, Cucumber &
Cream Cheese Wrap
Cheddar & Onion Chutney Tart
If you’re not familiar with my instagram stories, I was literally swooning at how gorgeously crafted and delivered the tiers of plates and deliciousness were. You can recap with me in my saved highlights (viewable on mobile devices only) here.
To begin with, we were greeted with a box of individually placed glass jars of loose leaf tea, to choose our favourites to pick from. I should also add that you can sample as many as you like during your afternoon tea experience, so definitely leave room to explore each one if you can!
Each morsel was exquisite, without a crumb or smudge of cream amiss. The selection was varied, immediately interesting, and nothing short of gorgeous on the eye.
For me, it’s genuinely really difficult to choose. Every macaron, every pastry, every cream was made to perfection. You can seriously tell that the chef has a major passion and skill for confectionary and desserts. Even at the very end of the session, we were delivered a plate of delicious handmade sweets and chocolates to try. The strawberry jelly type sweet was delicious!
For Lloyd, one of his favourites was the Tiramisu cone! He admitted that he has never been a fan of coffee flavoured desserts, but interestingly it was one of his top picks!
For myself…I’m going to say the apple crumble choux bun hit the winners mark for me, but it genuinely is far too hard to pin down a gold medal. The choux pastry though was by far the very best I have ever had the delight in tasting, and the apple filling was heavenly. Both Lloyd and I agreed that indeed, the little bun of wonder did taste just like apple crumble!!
The scones were served warm and under cloth, with the choice of either plain or fruit – which is always a blessing in itself, because Lloyd prefers plain, and I prefer fruit! Always super to have an Afternoon Tea where there’s the option.
Quite honestly? The Blythswood Afternoon Tea has to be up there with the Mondrian “Wyld Afternoon Tea” in London, who has been holding our top spot for some time now. I can’t place Blythswood at second place, so what I’m going to say is that the Mondrian still leads with the best afternoon tea in London, however Blythswood has set a new stage tier of “Best Afternoon Tea Elsewhere”.
For £29 per person for the standard experience, there’s no second thought given if you’re in the area.
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