As Johnny Mathis, Perry Como and even the great Bing Crosby have pointed out, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Get your taste buds in the festive mood with today’s Big Deal on Christmas afternoon tea at Glasgow’s very popular Cup Tea Room or the more recent Cup Tea Lounge.
Both venues are flying high. Cup Tea Lounge in the city centre was a recent finalist in the Best New Restaurant category at the Glasgow Restaurant Awards while Cup Tea Room won an Award of Excellence from the UK Tea Guild.
Put simply, they’re about as chuffed as Santa on Boxing Day.
Both venues have reinvented the tea house for the 21st century without losing any of the traditional pleasures associated with a great cup of tea.
This seasonal Big Deal is for two people to enjoy a Christmas afternoon tea at either Cup Tea Room on Byres Road or at the more recently opened Cup Tea Lounge on Renfield Street.
Your treat starts when you arrive and are served a warming glass of mulled wine or a non-alcoholic apple cider. Delivered on a lovely three tier cake stand, this is how your afternoon tea will shape up.
On the bottom tier, you can sample mini rolls filled with ham and mustard or turkey and cranberry. Mini-cheese and chive quiches plus oatcakes with brie and homemade grape chutney will keep the rolls company.
The middle tier moves into sweet territory with freshly baked, mini plain scones or cranberry and white chocolate scones.
Things move fully into festive mode with the top tier which comprises Christmas blend tea fruit cake; an individual apple and cinnamon crumble; a mini festive cupcake; mini lemon meringue pie and, of course, a home baked mince pie.
It is all served with your choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
But hold on. The fun doesn’t stop when you dab the last crumb from the cake stand. As part of the deal, you will also be given a pouch of Cup Hand Blended Christmas Tea to take away.
Both Cup Tea Room in the West End and the new Cup Tea Lounge in the city centre are big hits with 5pm users who appreciate their top quality loose leaf teas, scrumptious cakes and welcoming interiors. This is what a recent visitor to the Byres Road venue had to say on the 5pm site:
‘The restaurant is cosy, welcoming and beautifully decorated. Our afternoon tea was fabulous. Great interesting vegetarian sandwiches, fresh scones brought warm from the oven and a gorgeous selection of cakes. The service was perfect and we even got to take away the cakes that we hadn’t eaten. I recommend the rose tea and white chocolate mousse. Definitely visit here, it’s fab.’ Rating 5/5