Off the beaten track places:
The Hidden Lane Tearoom is a great option for those who prefer a more laid-back atmosphere. Set in a charming, hidden lane in the Finnieston area of Glasgow, this cosy tearoom offers a variety of teas and homemade cakes and pastries in a relaxed setting. It is a bit off the beaten path and can be hard to find, but locals love it for its charming atmosphere and delicious food. The tea room also allows dogs.
The art lovers Café - Experience the unique blend of art, design, and architecture at House for an Art Lover, located within the beautiful Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. Designed in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, this venue offers a variety of experiences, including an art gallery and exhibition space, an events venue, a café which serves a delicious afternoon tea, multipurpose artist studios, and a magnificent attraction. Afternoon Tea is available with booking required minimum 24 hours in advance.
The Burrell Collection offers a range of dining options including two coffee stops and the restaurant, all serving excellent, innovative Scottish produce. The coffee bar menu is simple and satisfying: you can choose to unwind with a hot drink and a freshly baked cake or feast on a lunchtime sandwich. Enjoy your tea and treats surrounded by the museum's impressive collection of art and artifacts in Pollok Country Park.
Fun facts about the history of the afternoon tea:
The tradition of afternoon tea in the UK dates back to the early 19th century, when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, began experiencing "a sinking feeling" in the late afternoon. To combat this, she would have a small meal of tea and light snacks in the afternoon, which she served in her private apartments.
This new ritual quickly caught on among the upper classes, and soon it became fashionable to host afternoon tea parties, complete with dainty sandwiches, cakes, and pastries. In the late 1800s, the custom of afternoon tea extended to the middle classes, and tea rooms and tearooms began popping up all over the country.
One fun fact about afternoon tea is that it was originally a meal for ladies only. Gentlemen would typically have a larger meal in the evening, and it was considered inappropriate for them to partake in afternoon tea.
To this day, afternoon tea is an enduring and beloved British tradition, steeped in history, etiquette and elegance, and it is still enjoyed by many people today, both in the UK and around the world.