The Willow Tea Rooms at Watt Brothers

The Willow Tea Rooms at Watt Brothers
119–121 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G1 3HF
  • Telephone 0141 204 5242
  • Food served Mon–Sat 9.30am–4.30pm; Sun 11.30am–3.30pm
  • Average price £10 (lunch)
  • Email
  • Website www.willowtearooms.co.uk
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The renowned Charles Rennie Mackintosh tea room of Sauchiehall Street (which means ‘willow grove’), no longer housed in the famous and original historic salon … what gives? Well without going into legal battles, suffice to say this Willow Tea Rooms is now housed perfectly prettily on the upper floor of Watt Brothers department store just along the road. There are soups, sandwiches and all manner of cakes (with plenty of gluten-free options), while the house speciality afternoon tea is served on a photogenic three-tiered cake stand and makes quite a sight, with a plate of sandwich triangles, a warm scone with clotted cream, a shortbread square and a cake, plus a pot of one of the many teas, such as the specially created Cranston blend. Great care has been taken to dress both the room and waiting staff in a Mackintosh-appropriate style, but while the latter seem to be particularly upbeat and enthusiastic in their new home, one cannot help but feel saddened by the whole heritage hoo-hah that has led to this.

  • High point: Afternoon tea ceremony
  • Low point: Being in a department store
  • Notable dish: Afternoon tea
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2016
  • BYOB: £2 corkage