The Willow Tea Rooms

The Willow Tea Rooms
217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX
  • Box office 0141 332 0521
  • General enquiries 0141 332 0521
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 11am–5pm.
  • Seasonal times Summer months may open later – see website for details
  • Food served Mon–Sat 9am–4.30pm; Sun 10.30am–4.30pm
  • Average price £8.95; £12.95 (set lunch)
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The quintessential afternoon tea experience in Glasgow, and a visit is a great way to expand your knowledge of Rennie Mackintosh.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Kate Cranston’s vision of grand tearooms spanning five floors was brought to life by famed local designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and operated between 1903 and 1928. After decades as a department store, the tearoom was re-established in 1983. Today, the Tea Rooms and Room de Luxe are the definitive afternoon tea experience in Glasgow, and are frequented by both art-loving tourists and regulars stopping by for a cuppa and cake. Exploring the building and small exhibition first will whet your appetite; afternoon tea features a choice of cake, cream-cheese and cucumber sandwiches and freshly baked scones, with most of the cakes on offer including copious amounts of cream. Decadent times, but arguably educational and cultured ones as well.

  • High point: The distinctive ambience and authenticity
  • Low point: Ideally more smaller cakes with Afternoon Tea
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 90
  • Open since: 1983
  • BYOB: no charge corkage (By arrangement only)

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