If the smell of Bradfords made my teeth nervous, then the pineapple soufflé — a wobbling mound of yellow cream, coated in icing, atop a pastry base — had them screaming in protest. This camp confection was appropriately packed with sweet, synthetic fruitiness. The walls, if you licked them, would surely taste like the powder-pink icing of the delicious Chelsea buns. Cakes, sandwiches and more substantial dishes are all homemade on site, but this is not a place for serious gourmets. It is old school, lace-doily tea at its finest, and the best way of escaping a Sauchiehall soaking on a grim day.
245 Sauchiehall Street
Tel: 0141 332 1008
This is a must. Rennie Mackintosh style with art deco interior, high back chairs and delightful teas. Revive with afternoon tea served by waitresses in rustling black satin uniforms with white aprons and tiny headbands. Dr. Finlay would have been at home here.
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