Afternoon Tea at Cup (Merchant City, Glasgow) : Review

43 Virginia Street
Unit 4, Virginia Court
Merchant City, Glasgow
G1 1TN

T: 0141 553 2326

Visit Date : 3rd January 2017


This location has been many things since the start of 2016, the last I heard it was a lobster restaurant which I wanted to try but it didn’t last. Now its Cup/Gin71 and this seems to be doing a lot better than any previous attempts here.

I like the occasional afternoon tea, so when I see that there is a deal on I will more than likely purchase it. This deal was for a special Afternoon Tea Experience, and was on 5pm. The deal was £22.50 for 1 or for two just add another £1 so I did.

Cup/Gin71 have done up the location very nice, this little lane is a very nice location. I have only ever tried one Cup branch and it was very nice, so I was looking forward to seeing how this location compared to the other one.

Festive Afternoon Tea Experience


Drinks : 

  • Glass of mulled wine
  • Cappuccino (or a tea)


Amuse Bouche : 

  • Scotch Broth


This was very nice, it was presented in a small cup about the size of an espresso sized cup. It was very nice to taste, and due to the size of the Afternoon Tea I am glad it was this small size.


  • Salmon Mousse Crostini
  • Chicken Liver Pate on Oatcake
  • Safe and Onion Scone with turkey and cranberry filling
  • Ham Hough and Ginger Mustard Croissant


  • Apple & Cinnamon
  • Plain


  • Lemon and Gingernut Cheesecake
  • Julian Plumart Macaron
  • Fig Orange Cupcake
  • Warn Mince Pie
  • Meringue Nest with Cinnamon Cream Filling



Overall :

This was a very nice afternoon tea, and I loved the little soup at the start. Everything was presented very nice, and everything was very tasty and it was very filling.

If the other afternoon tea’s are up to the same standard as this, then this will now be in my top 3 places for Afternoon Tea.

Not in any order!!


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Rishis Indian Aroma (Glasgow) : Review

61 Bath Street
G2 2DG

Tel: 0141 332 2522


Visit Date : Monday 2nd January 2017


This is now my second visit to Rishi’s Indian Aroma Glasgow Restaurant, you can take a look at my previous review here

Just like the last time the atmosphere was very nice, the music wasn’t too loud and the staff were very attentive.

Tonight was a nice dinner outing with good friends.

Starters :

Rishi’s Family dosa £19.95
5 foot long Crisp dosa can feed a family accompanied with Potato masala, Paneer, variety of Chutney & sambar


The dosa as you can see filled the table from end to end, and to its side you can see some of the dips and extras it comes with.

This was my first time trying a Dosa, it was very nice and the dips that came with it were nice and added to the flavour. Next time I would maybe order the small one rather than the family one, but yeah I would have this again.


Gobi Manchurian £5.45
Vegetarian alternative with Cauliflower to Nelson Wang’s Creation.


I recently tried this at my last visit at Chaakoo Bombay Cafe, and really liked it so I thought I would try it here to see how they make it.

The cauliflower was not as crispy as Chaakoo, and this was a little more spicy. This was also very nice, and I liked Rishi’s take on this.

Again I would be happy to have this again, and please do give this a try if you come here.

Overall :

Overall I had a really good night, we had lots of laughs and a lot of nice food.

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Service : 3.5
  • The portion sizes and taste : 4.5
  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for money : 5
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New Years Eve at the Blythswood Square Hotel (Glasgow) : Review

11 Blythswood Square
Glasgow G2 4AD

T: +44 141 248 8888


I have been to the Blythswood several times, sometimes with family and others with friends or my mum. The last few times I have been for Afternoon Tea, and family events.

The Blythswood Hotel has been done up nicely, and the staff and service has always been very good. Atmosphere the past few times I have been, has always been very hit or miss…I don’t know what it is but every visit there is always a little something missing for me.

Tonight was a family a friends night, I went with my parents and my best friend and his mum and dad. My grandparents were there, and so were my aunt, uncle and two cousins. Some of my Aunt’s friends and cousins friends were also there, so it was a busy and big table.


Once everyone arrived and introduced themselves we all found out places and sat down.


We all sat and talked, and also had a look at the menu to see what we wanted.

Starter :

Cream of parsnip and pear velouté
Parmesan wafer, herb oil


I am not a soup person but I have been trying take a better mixed meal every time I go out, and the soup was a good option for me to start with.

This was very nice, you could taste the parsnip and the honey. The Parmesan wafer was very nice, and added that extra little flavour to the dish.

Main :

Ironbark pumpkin and mascarpone risotto
Grilled artichokes, blue cheese croquette, chive cream sauce


I love risotto so when I saw it on the menu tonight, it was the dish for me.

This was very nice, very creamy and full of flavour. The blue cheese croquette was very nice, and I could have had more of that with it.


Knocraich Farm yoghurt and red berry panna cotta
Spiced honey and clementine macaron, blackcurrant sorbet, fresh red currants and cinder toffee.


Again another dish where I couldn’t fault it, it again was a perfect portion size and was full of flavour.

Throughout this meal there was a live singer, his name is Henrick Solera. Henrick Solera who is a singer and entertainer came over from the Martinez Hotel France to perform for tonights dinner. If you check out his Facebook page you will see he sings in many different venues.

Henrick Solera Facebook :
Twitter : @henricksolera
Website :

Henrick Solera is an international singer, musician & entertainer. Singing Sinatra classics as well as contemporary hits by Josh Groban and Michael Bublé, an evening with Solera is one that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

His passion for the great American songbook, beloved evergreens, retro swing tunes, broadway classics, and unforgettable majestic ballads will move you and speak to your heart.

** Taken from his website

This was the first time I have really heard Henrick perform live, I have seen a few videos as my Aunt Uncle and cousins stay in the south of France and have seen Henrick a few times.

All the songs Henrick sang were perfect for the evening, and the level of music was ok. Yes, you did need to talk a little louder but it wasn’t to the level where you were shouting at the people around you so this was nice.

One part of the evening I was really looking forward to was my little cousin Danni, she got up and sang a few solo songs and a few duets with Henrick.

Danni was really amazing, she has a great voice and I wish she sang more last night. I am a very proud cousin, as she has a gift and was very brave singing to everyone….Something I know I couldn’t do even if I did have a good voice.

Overall :

One issue that everyone at the table wasn’t happy with, was the length of time it took for each course to come out. After we arrived and ordered it took an hour and a half for the first course to come out, and this continued per course.

I don’t know if it was due to the large amount at our table, they waited till every dish was made before bring it out or if they just didn’t have enough kitchen staff or to prolong it to the bells. I wasn’t really to fussed as we weren’t in a rush and it allowed us to have a good chat.

Apart from this delay, the food and night was very nice. Everyone enjoyed the evening and was nice to welcome the New Year with family and friends and I did it sitting close to my parents and my best friend and his parents 🙂

Happy New Year everyone!!!!

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