The last few weeks have been busy for both me, my team at the Willow Tea Rooms and our great city of Glasgow.
Making the Glasgow Style, a fantastic exhibition celebrating the works of one of our city’s most famous sons, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This year on 7 June, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth & there is lots of great things happening in and around the city for this – not least of all some of our own events at the Willow Tea Rooms.
Inspired by Mackintosh, the Willow Tea Rooms at 97 Buchanan Street feature the recreated interiors of the Ladies Luncheon Room (affectionately known as The White Dining Room) and the Chinese Room (or Blue Room as it is always called!) from the original Mackintosh designed Ingram Street Tea Rooms. Lots of visitors to the exhibition have seen these interiors featured there and are delighted to come along and enjoy the Tea Rooms live in action!
We are delighted to be working with our friends at the Tall Ship at Riverside https://bit.ly/2qvl9p2 for Willow Doon the Water – our pop-up Tea Room on the Ship on Thursday, 26 April 2018. Not only will you enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in a unique and special setting but you will hear from Sylvia Smith all about the role of the River Clyde, the Clippers that sailed on this great river, the importance the river had to the Tea industry, as well as hearing about Stuart Cranston and his sister, my inspiration, Kate Cranston. The tickets are selling really well, only a few left, and we are delighted with the support we have had for this event.
This week I was lucky enough to be a guest again on STV’s Live at Five with Ewan and Jennifer – its great to be involved with the show and I was particularly thrilled to hear that the team have been nominated in the Best Daytime category at this year’s Royal Television Society awards in May – Good luck and fingers crossed for the team at the ceremony on the 9th May!
Our thoughts over the past few weeks have been with the businesses affected by the recent fire in Sauchiehall Street. While our Tea Rooms at Watt Brothers were evacuated and closed for a couple of days, we are lucky that we were then able to open again. Our thanks to the emergency services who did such a fantastic job and to our visitors and customers who went out of their way to visit us during the days when the cordons were in place around the store etc.
Over the last couple of weeks we have brought in some more new dishes and tasty treats on our menu, including our Hendicks G&Tea for Two – a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon…or any afternoon for that matter….like all our afternoon teas its available every day and no need to book!
Last week, I chaired my first Glasgow’s Leading Attractions (GLA) meeting of this session. We were delighted to welcome John Sweeney of Sweeney’s Cruises https://bit.ly/2HjHxw9 to his first meeting since joining our group. It’s great to have John and his team on board (sorry!). John was telling us about some of the events taking place this summer – love the sound of Yoga Brunch on a boat.
I was thrilled to be invited to a private party at the Dakota Hotel where I met Patricia Ward Kelly who is here for her show about her late husband Gene, taking place at the Concert Hall tonight (Saturday, 14 April). I had a fantastic evening and thoroughly enjoyed the time I had talking with Patricia. Definitely a lady with style…