Afternoon tea is up there with its colleagues morning coffee and the first drink after work as part of the beverage holy trinity that keeps Britain running (more or less).
It has the added advantage of being an elegant respite from the daily grind, a chance to kick back, sip a brew and enjoy a refined sandwich, a delicate scone.
If afternoon is usually dainty, then high tea fits well with more robust appetites.
Anyone who understands the beauty of a great afternoon tea or high tea will appreciate today’s Big Deal, offering a fine example of tea for two at the Crowwood Hotel in Glasgow.
It would make a perfect gift, offering a chance to catch up with friends or family.
Tea time treat
Located on the Cumbernauld Road in Muirhead, the modern Crowwood Hotel is a ten minute drive from Glasgow city centre, with plentiful local bus and train connections.
The light, contemporary décor Elliot’s Restaurant is a relaxed and welcoming space to enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea.
Available seven days a week, option one of the Big Deal is for two people to have a classic afternoon tea at Crowwood Hotel.
Tea consists of freshly-brewed tea or coffee, a selection of sandwiches with a variety of fillings, and cakes and scones with cream, jam and butter.
There are a variety of sandwich fillings available.
With option two, guests can dig into the more hearty high tea menu, with options like breast of chicken on haggis with a peppercorn sauce; traditional steak pie with a puff pastry lid; homemade lasagne with garlic bread; and creamy mac & cheese with chips.
High tea includes toast with jam and butter, a selection of home baking, and is served with tea or coffee.
The Crowwood Hotel has picked up plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor. Recent reviews include the following, edited for length:
‘Had a lovely afternoon tea in the Crowwood hotel. Tea for two, loads of sandwiches, scones, pancakes, cakes and endless pots of tea and coffee. It was great value and we’ll definitely go again.’
‘Have been lots of different places for afternoon tea & this was definitely up there with the best. Sandwiches & cakes were delicious. Staff were very attentive & helpful.’
With purchases valid until the end of March 2019, this Big Deal would make a great day out, promising the prospect of a cosy tea for two or a relaxed meet-up for a group of friends over tea and cakes.
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