I have looked at afternoon deals and mentioned them to friends several times, but it recently occurred to me that as someone who absolutely loves tea and sandwiches, I have still not actually been for an afternoon tea! This weekend, all that changed. I decided to go where I haven’t gone before: The Blythswood Square Hotel.
We were shown to our home for the afternoon upstairs. The room is lovely and bright with sunlight from the big windows which provide a beautiful view of the square outside. For me personally, I’m not a fan of the low down tables, even though the chairs were super comfortable – I think I’d be an old lady about it and ask for a normal table next time.
Afternoon tea is available from 12noon – 5pm, so given that it was past noon when we arrived, there was only one way to start the experience….
And with that, afternoon tea was served!
Our savoury section contained:
Smoked Scottish Salmon and Atlantic Prawn Wrap
Roast Scottish beef and Horseradish Sandwich
Warm Red Pepper and Parmesan Tart
Spring Onion & Chive Cream Cheese with Cucumber on Brioche
Mini Haggis Bonbon with Grain Mustard Mayonnaise
The next section was our scones – one plain and one sultana and they were still warm from the oven. They were served with a jar of preserves and clotted cream. They were delicious! Up until this point I was too warm and I had said ‘no thanks’ to a hot drink, but the minute I tasted the first scone I had to wave over a waiter and get a cup of tea. It just wouldn’t be right to eat scones with Prosecco.
If ‘Trick or Treat?’ was the theme of the afternoon tea, the top layer was a total treat! The cake section was so beautifully presented as it was Hallowe’en on the day we went. I was squealing like a child when I saw it!
How cute is that wee ghost meringue?! It almost (I said almost) felt wrong to eat him.
The cake section contained (clockwise from strawberry!):
Mini Victoria Sponge
Lemon Meringue Cone
Pistachio Cake (with ghost meringue!)
Chocolate Orange Macaron
Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart
I really enjoyed each of the sweet treats, but the one I was most impressed by was the chocolate orange macaron, mainly because I’m not a fan of chocolate orange and I couldn’t stop eating this! My taste must be changing! My definite favourite was the salted caramel tart – it was SO sweet but because of the portion size it was perfect.
A cappuccino with a salted caramel tart. That’s where it’s at, people.
The original plan for the day was to have our afternoon tea, go home, carve some pumpkins, have a light dinner and watch Hocus Pocus.
Then we saw some girls with cocktails. Like moths to the flame, off we flew.
This was a great way to spend an afternoon! I expected to be in and out within an hour-two hours and ended up being there for almost four! The room was lovely and bright, and as the evening descended the lights went down and it was a calm and romantic feeling cocktail bar. We sat for hours and enjoyed wonderful service, food and drinks. I can’t recommend it enough!
Blythswood Square Hotel
11 Blythswood Square