A purely indulgent afternoon at Gleneagles
Since 1924 Gleneagles has enjoyed the enviable reputation of being the place in Scotland to come for Afternoon Tea
There’s nothing quite like the build-up to Christmas. Long dark nights, decorating the tree, planning the feast, shopping and of course the social whirl is fun – but let’s be honest, it can also be exhausting. So why not carve out some time for yourself this year, to enjoy one of the most timeless rituals around: Afternoon Tea at Gleneagles.
Gleneagles is beautiful all year round, but there’s a special, simple, stark beauty to the estate in winter. So grab a chum, wrap up warm and take one of the walking and cycling trails that criss-cross the magnificent 850 acre estate. Within moments you’ll be transported to a winter wonderland, with plenty of wildlife to spot and the unadorned beauty of the hills to help you feel reconnected and rejuvenated.
Once the cobwebs have been well and truly blown away head back to the sanctuary of the hotel and t he beautiful Glendevon Room, one of many new and refurbished spaces. The bright, open lounge oozes sophistication with fantastic views over the gardens towards the Ochil Hills. In December, fairy lights glint against fine china and silverware and t he service is always relaxed – after all, Afternoon Tea has been taken here since 1924, so there’s no need to rush.
Begin with your choice of fine and rare teas from Newby of London, including the exclusive Glendevon Blend. Enjoy a mouth-watering selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked warm scones with a seasonal blueberry and whisky preserve, then tickle your tastebuds with a selection of delicate pastries, all made by hand in the Gleneagles kitchen. Add a glass of champagne for a truly indulgent treat – a delicious accompaniment to a melt-in-themouth cassis macaron. Then return to real life, restored, refocused and ready to take on that turkey, after the perfect end to an idyllic afternoon. The Gleneagles Afternoon Tea also makes a very special Christmas gift. Vouchers can be purchased at Gleneagles.com, Vegetarian and glutenfree options are also available. Reservations are available by calling 01764 694270.