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 Thursday, 24 December 2020

Fabulous as always. Thank you!

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Visited On Thursday, 24 December 2020

Wonderful afternoon and most certainly will be back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

A warm welcome, great service and a scrumptious afternoon tea - loved it. Thank-you and Merry Christmas

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Lovely staff

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

We always enjoy our visits and the friendly service.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

We had the afternoon tea in the Salon de Luxe & it was absolutely amazing! Due to the pandemic it was very quiet - only one other table was occupied - so not a buzzy atmosphere, but that gave us the chance to get lots of great photos of the beautiful surroundings & really listen to our wonderful waitress, Megan, explain about Miss Cranston, her support of Rennie Mackintosh & their backing of the suffragette movement. I love purple, so the Salon de Luxe was the perfect environment for me with all of its purple upholstery & features. The afternoon tea was amazing & really good value for money - we were stuffed & couldn't even manage any of our cakes, but we were able to take these away for later, so nothing was wasted! We were also really impressed with the exhibition, it was really interactive & there were lots of really different & interesting elements to it, it was hard to take it all in! We will definitely be back - hopefully when the alcohol ban has been lifted & we can enjoy some champagne with our afternoon tea! Many, many thanks to all of the wonderful staff, including Yvonne & Hannah in the shop - we were made to feel so welcome & valued & the venue is amazing. Definitely worth a visit or two - even for locals! Not just for tourists!!

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

I took my mum for the exhibition tour and afternoon tea and she loved it. The tour guide Megan was lovely & very informative, the food and selection of teas was great. I would highly recommend this, the staff were all friendly and the place was super clean and COVID safe. We will be back again. Fantastic visit

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

Another wonderful experience at Macintosh at the Willow. This was our third time and the best so far. The informational talk, food, atmosphere and service matched the elegant excellence of the Salon de lux. Well done everyone. Gallagher & Stark

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Visited On Friday, 18 December 2020

Unfortunately my first visit was a disappointment as it was not the quality I would have expected or value for money. The menu was limited and the ham sandwich was on stale bread with far too much salad and not much else. A cracked teapot and a strainer between two of us. No hot water offered with the tea either.Scones were very dry and the service whilst polite enough but we had to ask for everything like sugar for the tea. The tea rooms in Buchanan street are far better, menu staff and service. Maybe too much money was invested in the decor and not enough on the service side. I wouldn’t return I’m afraid.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

Took my friend for an afternoon tea at Salon de Luxe room and we both couldn’t be any happier with the service and food. Highly recommended!

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Visited On Friday, 18 December 2020

The service at Mackintosh at the Willow was second to none and the staff couldn't have been nicer or more attentive. My mum and I had the festive afternoon tea which was delicious and my mum didn't want to eat the cakes because they were so nice and well decorated! The atmosphere was so nice and overall, I would say this was a five star experience. Would definitely recommend!

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Visited On Friday, 18 December 2020

The team had decorated the restaurant beautifully and had managed to achieve a lovely pre Christmas atmosphere at a very challenging time during the pandemic. Service was exemplary and professional, and we were made to feel welcome.

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Visited On Monday, 14 December 2020

Food and service were both outstanding.

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Visited On Monday, 14 December 2020

Great place to have lunch, service excellent and atmosphere lovely and chilled.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 December 2020

Beautiful restaurant, great service we will definitely be back .

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Visited On Friday, 20 November 2020

I visited for a birthday afternoon tea for my mother in law. Both my parents in law have dementia and are very frail, and all the staff were were extremely patient and helpful which made it a lovely afternoon for us. Thank you. The food was fantastic- I had the vegan afternoon tea which was delicious, thoughtful, and very special.

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Visited On Thursday, 19 November 2020

Lovely food and great service thank you!! Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 November 2020

I had the fish and chips. The piece of fish was very small for the price of over £11.I also had a pot of tea and had to ask for sugar to be brought to the table. It is a beautifully decorated place, but expensive for the food you get.

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Visited On Monday, 16 November 2020

It’s a beautiful place but because of covid there were only 6 other people there so the atmosphere wasn’t quite what it could have been.

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Visited On Friday, 13 November 2020

My favourite place in Glasgow. Authentic, Atmospheric, Traditional tea room

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Visited On Saturday, 07 November 2020

i was gifted the Prosecco Afternoon Tea For two as a 60th Birthday gift . I accept we couldnt have the Prosecco due to Covid restrictions , but the two of us agreed it wasnt really worth the money . The staff however were lovely & service was good .

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Visited On Sunday, 15 November 2020

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Visited On Saturday, 14 November 2020

An absolutely fantastic high tea, steeped in history with exquisite first class food and service. Loved every moment of it and will definitely book again when the champagne can flow. Chef is a wonder, the quality of the food was outstanding and the service team true professionals at their job, thank you for for a lovely day 😚 x

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Visited On Friday, 13 November 2020

Best afternoon tea I’ve ever experienced - wonderful friendly helpful staff and fab food! I’ll be back

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Visited On Friday, 13 November 2020

Fantastic

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