The Hidden Lane Tearoom

The Hidden Lane Tearoom
8 Argyle Court, 1103 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8ND
  • Telephone 0141 237 4391
  • Seasonal times Closed 24 Dec–1 Jan.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 10am–4pm; Sat 10am–5pm; Sun noon–5pm.
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Nestled in one of Glasgow’s artist-inhabited colourful side streets, this distinctive and relaxed café offers a contemporary take on afternoon tea.

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While any number of new venues hire interior designers to provide a veneer of authenticity, this gem of a tearoom is the real deal. Independently owned, like every business on the colourful and cobbled hidden lane off Argyle Street, a visit feels like going to your aunty’s for tea. Set over a ground floor and mezzanine, with private room to the side, space is tight, but that only adds to the charm. Tables bring together people of all ages, who tuck into a reliably warming daytime menu, from breakfast waffles and pancakes to lunchtime soups, stews and sandwiches. And then there are the cakes. From scones the size of a fist, to sponges presented prettily on an old dresser, if you can’t make a choice then the £15 afternoon tea provides a selection. Of course, as a tearoom, the selection impresses with more than 30 loose-leaf teas served in mismatched china that perfectly fits this eclectic spot.

The List's rating






Kevin Scott visited The Hidden Lane Tearoom on 20 January 2017
  • High point: Impressive range of home baking
  • Low point: Easy to miss without planned visit
  • Notable dish: Triple chocolate brownie
  • Average price: £5.95 (soup and sandwich)
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  • Private dining: Up to 22 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Classic pop
  • Capacity: 55 (4 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 22
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 0
  • BYOB: £3 wine corkage

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