On Saturday, before going to A Dizzy Girl's quite frankly spectacular wedding reception with a few other bloggers(which I'll let her tell you about, not spoilers here), I met my not-so-little little sister and my auntie in Glasgow for a celebratory lunch. Did I mention my sister is about to graduate with a 1st? She's a smart cookie!
|Chandeliers, stairs, crockery everywhere|
Hazel book as a table in the newly opened upstairs room of The Butterfly and Pig Tea Rooms. I've been in before, and Dave and I had our engagement party in The Butterfly and Pig's bar, so this is a place I am already quite fond of. This visit has only added to my appreciation of the place.
|Plates, and very Scottish paintings!|
Walls with mismatched paintings, chandeliers, plate displays. Cabinets loaded with mismatched china. Cornicing, fireplaces, sweeping staircases, an assortment of wooden chairs. If I lived in a Victorian house, it would look very much like these tearooms! The staff are lovely helpful, and not too intrusive, and the atmosphere is homely and comfortable, but still a wee bit grand.
|The very large fireplace in our small room|
We each had a cream tea, and they were wonderful. The basic elements of a cream tea were there - steaming hot tea, sandwiches, scones and cakes. The sandwiches however, rather than being dainty little ones, were hearty and generously filled - chicken and bacon, chicken salad, cucumber, but with cm thick cream cheese, ham and mustard- on home-made bread. The scones were big and light, filled with cherries and heaped with rhubarb jam and cream. The cakes were flavourful, dense, and icing topped. Add to this steaming hot tea, oatcakes with salmon and cheese and plum chutney, and cucumber pickles and you have happy people.
|Cherry Scones with rhubarb jam, chocolate slice, coconut cake,|
jam filled cupcake, banana loaf with coffee icing
|lovely chunky sandwiches(and crockery!)!|
I should explain that the thing I was most impressed with, I didn't actually eat! My auntie is Coeliac, which means she can't have gluten or wheat. When Hazel booked, they asked about dietary requirements, and having explained, we went feeling sure they would have at least gotten some bread so that my auntie could have a sandwich, and maybe made a cake. When Hazel and I ordered our Afternoon tea, my aunt tentatively mentioned that the she was Coeliac, and was promptly offered an afternoon tea of her own. She got the same fillings we had on home-made gluten free bread, three kinds of cake, wheat free crackers, and the same extras we had. Having frequently gone to places with her where she could have maybe one thing for the menu, it was an utter delight to see her given more options than she could actually eat.
|Auntie's gluten free cream tea, with |
three kinds of cake and pickles!