One thing that I love about my Mum is her unending appetite for exploring! Between taking care of everyone around her and keeping herself busy in her beautiful garden, she’s always keen on a new travel adventure, and so when I asked her if she’d fancy a Mother’s-Daughter’s Day in Glasgow she was totally up for it! As a matter of fact, she even went the extra mile and booked ourselves the train tickets AND checked for anything worth seeing in Glasgow this week. There were (apparently) TWO things worth doing… She found the Charles Rennie Mackintosh 150th birth anniversary temporary exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Then she watched my latest vlog from Glasgow and discovered the brilliant Cup Tea Rooms Merchant City and insisted we book ourselves a table ‘for a light bite in between shopping‘, her words not mine! Best thing about the Cup is that they offer a vegetarian, vegan & dairy-free, and gluten-free menu, AND have a vast selection of tea flavours, so what’s to resist?
Just like most summer days in Glasgow, it was a rainy one, but we were determined to make the most of it and not let a few raindrops stop us from following our initial schedule – and boy, was it a heavy one!
Our first stop was The Lighthouse – whilst on the train I figured it made sense to start our adventure from the city centre before heading at the West End! We used the famous helical staircase as the embarkation point of our Mackintosh trail before moving across the Mackintosh Interpretation Centre, occasionally stopping to take a few pictures and admire the modern minded furniture designs of the architect. Mum’s mind was blown away when she saw the displayed images of his house, it truly looked like a set taken from the pages of a 21st century interior magazine! What was the cherry on top of the cake though was the panoramic view of the city from the terrace, Mum must have taken more than 50 pictures within a minute because all I could hear was the sound of her camera and appreciation ‘wow’ expressions.
Our next stop was the buzzing George Square where Mum enthusiastically kept her usual motto of photo taking as seen on the picture above! And you know, as it happens, I did find it convenient that I finally had someone other than my tripod and camera remote control to take my pictures…
Not one to miss a chance I asked my Mum to take a picture of me in front of the Cup Tea Rooms as soon as we arrived at the Cup Merchant City! Which is how it came to be that, I have loads of pictures to post from our visit to Glasgow and more importantly this sweet experience of having an Afternoon Tea with Mum!
^ ^ These soft, fresh out of the oven, scones totally stole my heart! ^ ^
First on the Afternoon Tea agenda? Why, a cup (or two) of the Cranachan tea for me and the Chinese Rose for Mum, of course! If you can believe it, despite having the sweetest tooth of mostly everyone I know in my life, I’d never actually enjoyed loads of similar experiences before. Blasphemy, right?
I decided that my first port of delicious sugary carbs should be the mini banoffee tart and orange and chilli chocolate brownie, while Mum went classy with the rhubarb custard crumble tart that was delicious and SO aromatic! The chocolate brownie was good, but the banoffee and crumble tart were, if you ask me, the best! Very flavoursome and just in the right size, to let you have space for the rest but give you a great deal of sweet taste whilst sipping your tea.
Once we’d eaten our mini desserts and finished half pot of our tea, we hit the ground floor of the 3-tier cake stand with the savoury bits and parts. Mum’s new found love is the Smoked Salmon, Cucumber & Cream Cheese sandwich which she devoured while I bagged myself some Egg Mayonnaise and Cheese Gougère sandwiches.
As we whiled away the evening, sipping from our beautiful tea cups, warm scones with clotted cream and homemade jam (it’s always spread in that exact order, right?), arrived on the table. We spooned generous quantities of clotted cream onto our scones and we chatted about the past few years of my life abroad, while enjoying the window views.
By the end of the tea we were full to bursting, and I was so very glad we had to walk to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, located on the other side of the city!
This was Mum’s first time visiting the University of Glasgow (and general West End) and she LOVED every single part of it. From the 15th century buildings with such rich history to the stunning city views from the back of the main building, overlooking the Gallery and River, she was mesmerised by the glory of it. Needless to say, she must have repeated at least five times (and I quote) ‘You MUST get a job in this University’ so that she can come and visit whenever!
Recovering from the admiration shock, I took her for a walk along the park before reaching the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Here, we stopped over in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Exhibition (in case you haven’t guessed it yet, we are big fans of him!), before scrutinising the ‘Lady in Black‘ painting, an icon of the 1920s, highlighting the elegance and glamour of Francis Cadell, who captured both emotion and delicate beauty of the period this painting depicts. The fruit and flower paintings also got my attention – the combination of all these vibrant colours and brush strokes with layers upon layers of paint are truly worth admiring!
We stayed in the Gallery for more than 3 hours, until we both felt it was time to head back to our hotel and get a good night’s sleep before taking the next morning train back to Aberdeen.
At this stage, I would like to mention that our Afternoon Tea experience was courtesy of the lovely team at the Cup Tea Rooms Merchant City but all views expressed are mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Natbee’s happen.