Mackintosh at the Willow

217 Sauchiehall Street , Glasgow, United Kingdom, G2 3EX
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Monday-Sunday 9am until 5pm (last food orders at 5pm)

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.

Enjoy filling breakfasts, tasty elevenses, delicious light lunches, and tempting afternoon teas and high teas.

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 Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Had a fantastic Afternoon Tea!

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

Lovely day, just what I expected and lived up to by providing a lovely tea.

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

We had a superb tour by Meghan, very knowledgeable. Beautiful restortion of the building. We loved the exhibition & hands on element for our daughter. Afternoon tea was delicious. Well done all, a great experience & showcase for Glasgow. I hope many Glaswegians visit in addition to tourists.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Staff were very friendly and helpful ,

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

2nd time I’ve been for Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Salon de Luxe - and would highly recommend. The service is impeccable by all who work there and the food is lovely - I had the Gluten Free option each time and a fantastic choice of teas and coffees. Thank you!

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Excellent afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings. Would definitely come again.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

I always enjoy coming here and it's so lovely to see the Mackintosh design

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Visited On Friday, 13 March 2020

And the tour of the premises before afternoon tea was most informative and entertaining.

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Visited On Friday, 13 March 2020

The Afternoon Tea in the Salon de Luxe was outstanding.I particularly appreciated the fact that they were able to give my wife a special diabetic friendly selection of items.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 March 2020

The tour was excellent. Megan was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. The afternoon tea was delicious and served in lovely surroundings. Staff very attentive. Would definitely recommend the experience

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Visited On Thursday, 12 March 2020

Staff were excellent - Tour was really Interesting The tour Guide knew her stuff & The Salon Delux is a lovely place for afternoon Tea. Will certainly be back

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Visited On Thursday, 12 March 2020

Excellent value with itison voucher. Tour was excellent and the guide did a great job. Enjoyed the afternoon tea afterwards. Would certainly recommend the whole experience.

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 March 2020

I took my Mother here as part of her 90th birthday surprise. Clean and tidy, not that many customers. Very disappointed in the variety’s did portion size of sandwiches offered as part of the Afternoon Tea package. Not everyone appreciates Cucumber or prawns in their sandwich. My daughter and her partner, accompanied us, and made similar comments. The Scones and tasty treats were however, very good.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

It was a memorable experience- the surroundings are stunning , the staff competent and attentive and the food was delicious.We even remarked on the generous size of the cappucinos. I just wished we lived in Glasgow and weren't just visiting! Thank you

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Visited On Sunday, 01 March 2020

Our group of four had a wonderful afternoon at mackintosh at the willow. It was a really informative, engaging tour. The food was excellent and the tea outstanding. A really special afternoon. Many thanks.

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

Visited 6/3/20 for the first time despite being from Glasgow and would not rush back. We felt it was quite pricey for what you get. Nothing special in terms of the food, lentil soup did not taste like lentil soup, very “garlicy”. We were given a dirty teacup, which to be fair was replaced when pointed out. As previously mentioned we will not be back but at least we visited.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Great selection of teas and staff were great, making sure any dietary requirements were taken note of. Staff were also attentive, checking if we needed refills and that everything was satisfactory. Decor was magnificent, as to be expected. Lovely afternoon.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

After reading the reviews we had high expectations of our visit. At £42 for afternoon tea for two we had expected more sandwiches ( a total of four slices of bread between us) and ever flowing tea.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Fantastic experience and tour guide very knowledgeable

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

I visited it a few times and is always good food and first class service, relaxing and enjoyable.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

Everything fine. I booked 3 tables for 5 March as I did for 27th Feb, so will only give feedback once. I have already replied at greater length on the first occasion and my positive opinion has not changed.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

Wonderful lunch and excellent service!

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 March 2020

Great service A special day

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 March 2020

Very enjoyable afternoon tea. I've waited a long time to visit and it didn't disappoint. The staff were great, friendly and attentive. Afternoon tea was good, although candied walnuts on a sandwich was quite an unusual option. The salon de luxe is beautiful. Worth going to see the chandeliers and art panel. Hope to be back soon.

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