I’d already lived in the West End for a couple of years when I first stumbled upon The Cup & Saucer vintage tea room. Located upstairs in De Courcy’s Arcade, it’s a hidden gem with a loyal customer following.
Samantha runs the tea room with the help of her husband and mum. She opened The Cup & Saucer four years ago, after realising that her love for baking needed an outlet. She had the idea for a vintage café, and approached the owner of De Courcy’s Arcade. A breeding ground for small, independent businesses, De Courcy’s is the ideal setting for The Cup & Saucer.
Samantha’s interest in all things vintage started when she was teenager, and much of the café’s 1940’s interior comes from her own house. Customers have been known to come in with donations, and the pretty sets of cups, plates and three-tier cake stands adds to the experience of coming here. A customer favourite is the afternoon tea, complete with sandwiches, scones, sponge cake, tray bake and a pot of tea. It’s a slow affair that shouldn’t be rushed, and Samantha recommends that customers sit for a couple of hours to really indulge in the experience.
Since De Courcy’s Arcade is a listed building, Samantha’s baking happens at home, either before the tearoom opens or after it has closed. While some might see that as a chore, Samantha finds it relaxing and continues to enjoy the baking. The tearoom has grown a loyal customer base, and is often listed as one of Glasgow’s best cafes on blogs and in articles. Having experienced the gorgeous home-made cakes, it’s not hard to understand why.
Visit The Cup & Saucer Vintage Tea Room upstairs in De Courcy’s Arcade from 11am to 5pm every day (from 12pm on Sundays).