Visiting a Willow Tea Room in Glasgow is something that I’d been meaning to do for ages.
My opportunity came when the Willow at Watt Brothers in Sauchiehall Street, hosted an event during Doors Open Days in September 2017.
It was a morning event with a talk about the history of tea in Glasgow, during which tea and homemade shortbread would be served.
The talk was very interesting. I’d hadn’t realised that Thomas Lipton was a Glaswegian. But I do find it strange that Lipton tea is more popular outside the UK. I also learned that the famous Cutty Sark tea carrying ship was built on the Clyde.
The Cranston family were heavily involved in the development on tea rooms in Glasgow. Stuart Cranston opened his first tea shop in St Enoch Square. His younger sister Catherine followed suit, commissioning Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald. to design her tea room in Ingram Street in 1896.
I must say that the selection of baking at the Willow Tea Room at Watt Brothers looked very tempting.