Since opening in August 1997, the Willow Tea Rooms in Buchanan Street has established itself as a key player in one of Glasgow’s main shopping thoroughfares.
Located in the building adjacent to Kate Cranston’s original Buchanan Tea Rooms, Anne remodelled her Buchanan Street Willow Tea Rooms on Kate Cranston’s Ingram Street Tea Rooms and so the White Dining Room and Chinese Room replicas were reborn. The original White Dining Room was created by Mackintosh as part of his commission from Kate Cranston to redesign an entire room within her Ingram Street Tea Room.
The rooms follow the same themes used by Mackintosh in many of his works, and make extensive use of light and dark colours. The White Dining Room is a light, bright room, filled with elegant high backed chairs and leaded glass. The Chinese Room or ‘Blue Room’ as it is known, is dark and atmospheric. The colours within the room although dark are very vibrant and add to the ambience of the room.