Set in a fantastic old Georgian square in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, Blythswood Square hotel boasts the perfect setting for afternoon tea. A terrific high ceilinged dining room with exquisite cornices gave the air of refinement and the food was easily equal to the impressive setting.
There was plenty to enjoy, from the stand-out Coronation chicken tart with pastry to die for, to the marvelous coconut and mango macaron. In particular we enjoyed the roast beef sandwiches, with the beef inside cooked to perfection and a light hint of horseradish cream which set it off nicely. The goats cheese sandwich was served with sweet red onion chutney which made a classic combination feel new and exciting. There was also a salmon and cream cheese mini bagel, and a classic egg mayonnaise served in brioche.
As you would expect, there was also a selection of warm scones (fruit & plain) which were served with delicious clotted cream and Wilkin & Sons strawberry preserve. I was quite impressed that the scones stayed warm in the napkin pouch they’d created.
The sweet selection included a delicious vanilla waffle cone filled with a sharp, sweet raspberry cream. We also had a pear and ginger sponge which was nicely spiced. The aforementioned macaron was exceptionally good but my personal favourite was the mini apple tart, again with magnificent pastry, topped with cinnamon cream. The chocolate and beetroot brownie will appeal to those with less of a sweet tooth as it’s more of a savoury brownie.
We really enjoyed our experience at Blythswood Square for afternoon tea and would recommend it for any special occasion or as an after shopping treat. They also offer a Little Darlings version for children 12 and under.
Blythswood Square Hotel
Price: Afternoon Tea £28, Little Darlings Afternoon Tea £12.95
Good for: Special occasions