Posted by: christinelaennec | September 26, 2013

The Willow Tea Rooms (Buchanan Street)

Greetings to my faithful readers!  My days have been very taken up with tasks such as finding a new dentist and also looking after the poor Dafter who has been nearly bedbound and extremely bored for a number of weeks now.  I know she will pick up again; after all she has been through, this relapse is not too surprising.  However, the settling process continues (I will show you the house sometime soon!), and it is great to have accomplished all that we have.

I’ve had very little time to do blogging, and I miss reading other people’s blogs very much.  Those days will come again.  Luckily, the Dafter and Michael try to make sure that I’m able to get out for a few hours, at least once a week.  Last week I had a blissful time catching up on my diary and just breathing, in the beautiful environs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s Willow Tea Rooms on Buchanan Street.

The Willow Tea Rooms on Buchanan Street, Glasgow.  Sept. 2013.

The Willow Tea Rooms on Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Sept. 2013.

The tall backs of the chairs make for a lot of privacy at these tables – though I felt sorry for the waitresses having to negotiate them.

The Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow.  Sept. 2013.

The Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Sept. 2013.

It was a pleasure to sit so close by the beautifully curving designs in wood and stained glass:

Detail of stained glass, the Willow Tea Rooms on Buchanan Street, Glasgow.  Sept. 2013.

Detail of stained glass, the Willow Tea Rooms on Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Sept. 2013.

I enjoyed my scone and tea, and the staff were very friendly.  I heard them talking to almost every other party there that morning:  an American couple who were on their way to Iona, two friends who met up after shopping, a little boy with his mother who was on his way to Hamley’s toy shop – but just to look.  I love how chatty Glaswegians are.  It reminds me of my Grampa who talked to everyone he met and was sincerely interested in other people’s stories.

So it was lovely to have some time to myself in such a beautiful place.  I hope you’re all doing well, and thank you once again for your marvellous comments.  They always make my day, and they cheer the Dafter as well.  I hope to show you more Glasgow adventures, and ordinary life, as we continue to settle in.



  1. so good to hear you are all settling in,,,Willow tea rooms are not only beautiful, they are an Glaswegian tradition. Hope Dafter is feeling better soon, weegie huggs

  2. Pleased you are enjoying exploring. Much love to the Dafter, hope Tilly is looking after her.

  3. Great to hear that you got a bit of a breather in the Willow Tea Rooms, and I do hope the Dafter starts to improve soon. It’s no wonder really, given the massive upheaval, but she must be desperate to get up and about again. Glasgwegians are the friendliest people in Scotland, in my opinion!

  4. That’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit! Thank you for the photos and description!

  5. Lovely photos Christine, glad you found some time for yourself. I love Willow’s….

  6. I so enjoy reading your posts. I love Scotland. I have only visited once – but it is the home of my ancestors so I feel a connection. Love your descriptions. Hugs to your family.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Sue. I feel my blog has been languishing lately but I hope to get back into the swing of blogging a bit more soon!

  7. The Willow Tea Rooms are wonderfully unique…the backs of the chairs and the beautiful stained glass. I’m so glad you enjoyed a visit there and let us visit with you, Christine. I posted a couple more photos of Mt. Hood that I took last week before the rain started. Mt. Hood has already had snow showers! Blessings to you and yours, Gracie 🙂

  8. How nice. During my year in England, I enjoyed many, many afternoons at Taylor’s of York tearoom. I have found scones here in the U.S. that rival Taylor’s, but have yet to find clotted cream quite so yummy. It’s not for lack of trying!

  9. Such a lovely spot for a little escape! The decor is quite artistic – it reminds me of the Art Nouveau style. The windows are very pretty. I do love to sit and listen to the little conversations around me – unless it is on a cell phone! I do hope your sweet daughter regains her strength soon, and is able to accompany you on your next little outing. It must be a pleasure to explore your new city when you can slip away for a bit. Wishing all of you a good week. xo

  10. What a great outing! Have never had tea in a place like that. I can only imagine how it must be to navigate the tall chairs!!! Hope the Dafter is up to getting about again soon:)

  11. Aren’t the Willow Tearooms gorgeous? Sorry to read the Dafter has been struggling, hope things look up again soon.

  12. Oh my gosh, the Tea Room is gorgeous! I am so pleased you had a moment (or two) to take for yourself, you have been very busy! Positive thoughts for the Dafter – I am certain she will be back in class soon! Thank you for sharing all that you do.

  13. hello my friend, it’s great to hear from you. I’m sorry to hear your daughter is not feeling well; I really hope she will be feeling better again soon.

    The tearooms are on my “really-would-like-to-see” list so please can we have tea there next time I come back? I love Mackintosh and that would be so fun. I so get the “breathing” and I am glad that you had some time to settle your thoughts and just breathe out for a little while. 🙂

  14. I’m glad you were able to take a break, Christine. Setting up residence is a time-consuming task (one I hope not to do for a long while). Hang in there, and visit soon! ❤

  15. Thanks everyone for your good wishes and kind comments! It’s so much fun to be out and about and thinking, “Ooh I could show people this on my blog”.

  16. Made it there for 30 minutes on the morning of the 25th and thought of you and wondered if you had made it there. I’m glad you did! I hope the Dafter is doing all right just now….

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