Cup Tea Lounge
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
This stylish off-shoot of the Byres Road tea room makes great play of its ethical and waste-reduction efforts, aiming to combine elegant snacking and drinking with a clearer conscience. Set in a lovely Victorian building, they've kept the décor sympathetic, with portraits of Queen Victoria and original wall tiles. There's a limited food menu (by day, soups, baked potatoes, breakfast/brunch, afternoon tea, sandwiches and paninis; by evening, mixed platters and desserts), but an extensive choice of drinks, with, of course, a detailed tea menu, covering unusual delights such as the fragile silver needle and aromatic royal oolong, each carefully brewed. There are also artisan coffees, hot chocolates, cocktails and even soft drinks. And, of course, cupcakes with temptingly described topping varieties or a sampler to try several. Best for a relaxed daytime chat or a lively evening that's an alternative to the pub, its tea and trappings will impress.
- High point: Indulgent atmosphere
- Low point: Can be pricey
- Private dining: 32 (semi-private)
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 72
- Largest group: 120
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle
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