Let’s face it – there’s nothing more “British” than a nice cup of tea, and us Brits consume 60.2 billion cups per year.
Afternoon Tea is a well loved British tradition which was started in the 1800s by Anna the 7th Duchess of Bedford. In those days, only two meals per day were taken at breakfast and dinner and the Duchess started to enjoy a light meal in the late afternoon to fill the gap between the two. Soon she started inviting friends to join her, creating the social occasion so many of us enjoy today.
An afternoon tea gift voucher is the perfect present for any occasion – allowing the recipients to enjoy a social engagement with friends and enjoy savouries and sweet treats, all washed down with tea (and a tipple of your choice like champagne afternoon tea or even whisky afternoon tea).
Here’s our run down of the very best places to enjoy afternoon tea in Scotland and how you can buy gift vouchers for those afternoon teas, so your friends, family or colleagues can enjoy the experience at the time of their choosing.
Mackintosh at the Willow
Enjoy afternoon tea in the stunning surroundings of the original Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow city centre, at 217 Sauchiehall Street. These famous tea rooms first opened in 1903 and are the only surviving tea rooms designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for local entrepreneur, Miss Cranston.
Guests can enjoy afternoon tea including Prosecco, Champagne, Gin or Whisky. And for the most decadent of experiences, afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the Salon de Luxe.
Take a look at the Mackintosh at the Willow Gift Vouchers which are available.
Duchally Country Estate
Set in the beautiful Perthshire countryside, in the village of Gleneagles, Duchally Country Estate is a welcome escape, just 30 minute’s drive from the bustle of both Glasgow and Edinburgh. The estate sits in 27 acres of parkland; perfect to explore before or after your afternoon tea experience.
Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed in the formal surroundings of Monteith’s Restaurant or in the stunning wood-panelled whisky bar, by the roaring log fire. Sit back and enjoy the afternoon tea experience – it’s what afternoons are made for!
Buy a Duchally Country Estate gift voucher here.
Head east from Edinburgh and into East Lothian, and you will find Greywalls next to the world famous Muirfield Golf Club.
With your choice of traditional afternoon tea or champagne afternoon tea, you can enjoy afternoon tea in the tranquil surroundings of the hotel’s stunning public rooms or if you are a group of 4 – 6 people, why not enjoy your afternoon tea in the private Summer House Tea Room, tucked away in the walled gardens.
And if you would like to take part in some recreational activities before or after your afternoon tea, how about a game of tennis on the hotel’s private tennis court, croquet on the lawn or a friendly game of putting overlooking the Firth of Forth?
Take a look at the afternoon tea gift voucher options at Greywalls.
Isle of Eriska
There’s a certain magic about enjoying afternoon tea on your own private island! Located on the west coast of Scotland, just 12 miles north of Oban, the island boasts gorgeous views overlooking Loch Linnhe and the dramatic Morvern mountains beyond. Don’t worry – the hotel can be reached by car – there is no boat required!
Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in luxurious public rooms of the main house, or in The Deck restaurant, located above the Stable Spa and offers a more informal setting.
Why not make gift the ultimate gift, and includes a spa gift voucher for a treatment in the Stables Spa?
Click here for Isle of Eriska’s afternoon tea and spa voucher options.