Mackintosh at the Willow

217 Sauchiehall Street , Glasgow, United Kingdom, G2 3EX
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Main Tearooms | Mon-Sun | 11am-5pm
Salon De Luxe | Thur-Sun | 2pm
Roof Terrace | Fri-Sun & Bank Hols | 12noon-5pm

Tours | 11am & 12noon
Exhibition | 10am - 4.30pm

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome

About Mackintosh at the Willow

Visit our beautiful Tea Rooms in the heart of Glasgow. This internationally recognised, A listed building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1903 for local tea entrepreneur Miss Kate Cranston.

This is the original Willow Tea Rooms Building and the only surviving Tea Rooms designed entirely by Mackintosh, both the interior and exterior. It is also recognised as one of the finest examples in the world of a complete Art Nouveau scheme.

Mackintosh at the Willow operates as a social enterprise, creating training, employment, development and other opportunities and support for young people and local communities. We’re committed to creating positive change. We work with local schools and community groups running outreach and inhouse programmes including creative learning workshops and events.

We’ve worked with The Prince’s Trust and Dumfries House who have recruited and provided training for young people and we’ve created employment, skills development and further training opportunities for them at Mackintosh at the Willow. When you visit, some of our staff who will welcome and serve you and prepare your food are our young trainees, developing their skills and experience and building great careers and opportunities.

With a 200 seat restaurant across 3 floors and a variety of beautiful spaces each with their own character and unique design, including the Front and Back Saloons on the ground floor, the Gallery, the Billiard Room and the famous Salon de Luxe. Not forgetting the amazing rooftop terrace!

Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea in the main tearooms, a three course afternoon tea experience in the Salon De Luxe or nibbles, lunch & drinks on our rooftop terrace.

With a selection of loose teas and freshly ground coffees, freshly made cakes, scones, soups and sandwiches there’s plenty to choose from – all enjoyed in the stunning historic surroundings designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Kate Cranston.

Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 15 May 2021

Had a lovely afternoon tea and in stunning surroundings that made the whole thing feel a bit more special.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 May 2021

Lovely experience.Clark in particular was so nice and gave first class customer service.He was very charming and made sure everyone in the terrace feel comfortable and had their orders fulfilled speedily with a smile.He is a credit to.your company

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Visited On Saturday, 15 May 2021

Was so very disappointed, booked this for my husband’s birthday. When we eventually got service- service was slow, there was three finger sandwiches 1 inch wide by 3 inch long, these were extremely dry, the croissant with either cheese or egg we couldn’t make our minds up were extremely soggy. The waitress came over and asked if everything was alright and I said no, I didn’t like mustard or horse radish and that the sandwiches were dry, the waitress walked off. We had paid for a glass of Prosecco never got it. The cakes were extremely small and very very sweet and sticky. It would have been better if there had been more sandwiches less cakes. The tour we booked wasn’t running! So all in all a very bad experience and a huge disappointment. Would we recommend it certainly not , nor would we go back.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 May 2021

Delightful experience!

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Visited On Saturday, 15 May 2021

Service was fantastic, food was good and drinks were tasty. Bloody marts should be added to the drinks menu as they are also tasty.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 May 2021

Both of us are lactose intolerant, which was no problem. Substituted vegan products for dairy. Brilliant!

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Visited On Friday, 14 May 2021

Afternoon tea was amazing and such great value for money. My mum commented on how attentive and helpful the staff were. This tearoom is beautiful and I couldn't think of a better place to lunch... Thankyou

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Visited On Friday, 14 May 2021

Would definitely recommend especially with the exhibition

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Visited On Friday, 14 May 2021

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit . 'The service was excellent and the staff welcoming and friendly.

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Visited On Friday, 14 May 2021

Staff are very attentive and friendly. Food is lovely.

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Visited On Friday, 14 May 2021

It was a lovely place lovely staff and the heaters were great. I feel without music you can hear everyones conversation hope that comes back soon as it would change the atmosphere. Food was lovely we enjoyed pur visit and booked again in two weeks time with a friend

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Visited On Friday, 14 May 2021

We had a lovely visit to the rooftop terrace, food, drinks and service was first class, can't wait to return 🍴🍹🍸👍

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Visited On Thursday, 13 May 2021

First time for me. Absolutely recommended. Beautiful place. Professional, very friendly staff. Food taste & fresh. Especially recommended Cesar salad. Definitely will visit again.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 May 2021

Wonderful afternoon tea in the salon de luxe. Beautiful surroundings and fantastic food and service.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 May 2021

Everything was fantastic. We’ll be coming back for sure x

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Visited On Thursday, 13 May 2021

Lovely afternoon. Great food and excellent service. Thank you

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Visited On Thursday, 13 May 2021

Great food, plenty of choice on the menu. Staff polite. Great service. Will return soon

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Visited On Thursday, 13 May 2021

Delicious food and drinks, great service and a beautiful place to eat.

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Visited On Monday, 10 May 2021

Great service and excellent food in a very interesting and beautiful surrounding.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Very helpful staff both for our afternoon tea, shown round the tearooms and staff in the gift shop. We had a lovely day and I would recommend visit to my family and friends. Thank you so much.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Staff were all excellent - just the right balance of attentiveness, banter and leaving us alone. Afternoon tea was delicious.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 May 2021

We had a fabulous birthday celebration, thank you.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Our experience was just as we hoped and in some ways expected. The Willow Tea Rooms has a reputation for great service and quality food. That is partly to be expected given its place in Glasgow history. These expected standards still have to be met and they were. The staff that we met were a credit to the organisation. We were met with warmth and expertise in both the exhibition and the Tea Rooms themselves. Well done to everyone.

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Visited On Monday, 10 May 2021

Most enjoyable afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings. All Staff are extremely attentive and could not do enough for us. I would say a visit to the Gift Shop is a must! Yvonne was brilliant to deal with and everything was beautifully packaged. Will definately be back and have recommended to all.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 May 2021

We booked the Salon du Luxe Afternoon Tea which was an amazing experience. The waiter Megan was very knowledgeable and gave the history presentation in a fun and friendly way. Megan's service throughout was also attentive but not intrusive. The team were also able to fit us in to the roof terrace afterwards which was most appreciated. There was a nice selection of drinks and cocktails available. Definitely worth a return on a sunnier day.

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