The Glasgow Tearoom

In 1897, Miss Kate Cranston, an eccentric middle-aged Glasgow business woman opened her Buchanan Street tearooms. Her ‘new art’ interior décor, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, plus her high catering standards, created a legend. For the next 20 years the partnership flourished, inventing the Glasgow tearoom and creating a top visitor attraction.

About Catherine Brown

Catherine Brown is a food writer, author, teacher and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (Scot.). Noted for her food columns in The Herald (Glasgow) for over two decades, she was also a presenter, with Derek Cooper, of Scotland’s Larder. She can be visited at

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