It feels like Spring has sprung this week doesn’t it? The sun is out, ice-creams are in hand and the maxi-dresses are flowing on Byres road. So I thought I would share the perfect spring afternoon I had recently in the Hidden Lane Tearoom for my friend Fiona’s hen party. Who incidentally gets married this weekend- congratulations Fiona and Ben!!!!
A group of us spent a luscious afternoon in the Hidden Lane Tearoom’s at the end of February. These tearooms are tucked away behind Argyle Street in Finnieston, surrounded by artist studios and craft rooms. As soon as you turn into the lane you feel calm. It is so quiet even though you are only a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of Argyle Street.
Atmosphere 4/5: The Hidden Lane Tearoom is delightful, a paradise for lovers of vintage crockery and heaven for cake lovers. The small space has been cleverly laid out in order to maximise the amount of tables it can take without feeling crushed and the clever layout of the windows allows as much natural light to stream in as possible. We were in a private side room to accommodate our large party but this had just as much charm as the rest of the cafe. The atmosphere was one of a busy tearoom, lots of bizz, cutlery clanging and afternoon gossip being exchanged.
Food 4/5: The afternoon tea was delicious. This was in my first weeks of becoming gluten free so I was worried about what I would get. However, with prior warning of my dietary requirements the Hidden Lane Tearoom came up trumps and served me the most gorgeous array of gluten free treats. In fact other people in the party were quite jealous of my individual little platters of food.
I had a London Fog tea which is early grey tea with vanilla and steamed milk- it was so decadent. My sandwiches were egg with tomato and cheese with pickle, they were really tasty. The gluten free bread was a little dry but I think that’s just what gluten free bread tastes like. The gluten free sausage roll had flaky light pasty and a scrumptious filling. Let’s just say I gobbled it all up.
What was spectacular though was my little tray of individual cakes. Now this was a lot for one person but I was also offered a doggy bag which was perfect. In this way I was offered the same selection as everyone else so I didn’t feel short changed at all by being gluten free. The coconut ice and the carrot cake were my favourites out of this selection, but it was a hard choice as they were all delicious.
Service 4/5: The service was friendly and polite, they managed a big group booking with dietary requirements well, in addition to keeping the rest of the cafe running.
After the afternoon tea we were treated to an activity of flower crown making. Huge vases of fresh flowers were placed down the table and the lovely girls from Jack Fleuriste florist in Edinburgh, patiently taught us how to make beautiful fresh flower crowns. This was so much fun. It was more simple than I imagined and every girl on the hen ended up with a gorgeous flower crown to wear for the rest of the day. I may take up wearing one regularly because you just couldn’t fail to be happy and smiling with a crown of flowers on your head.
This was an absolutely gorgeous hen party and suited our bride-to-be Fiona down to a tee. However, it would equally just be a really fun get together for a group of friends. So what are you waiting for? Get your flower crowns on and eat cake- what could be a more perfect Spring Afternoon.
Overall Score for Hidden Lane Tearoom: 12/15. Go on give it a wee visit. You know you want to.