One Lump or Two? Tea On The Green with John Lewis

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One of the most amazing things about the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow is the countless mini-festivals and pop-up events that have been launched this Summer. And it’s not just about sports, oh no ma’am! Open air movies, fashion shows and live music are just a few of the exciting things Glasgow has going on over the coming weeks – and with so many of the events being completely free, it’s a great time to truly enjoy the celebrations.

Last week,the city was buzzing with excitement. With so many locals and visitors rushing around, the streets are crazy busy and it’s easy to feel pretty overwhelmed with it all. So when I was asked to come and check out the launch of a totally unique space of relaxation right in the midst of the activity, it sounded too good to be true!

John Lewis, who are celebrating a whopping 150 years, have created Tea On The Green – a calming green sanctuary in Royal Exchange Square designed to be a place to unwind, refuel and enjoy some delicious treats while watching the sporting events. As official department store to the Commonwealth Games, John Lewis have created a unique pop-up for the duration of the Games, which is completely free for people to enjoy and soak up the atmosphere.

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At the launch last Thursday, the sun was shining brightly and the frocks were on (as if I need an excuse, but an afternoon tea with some fellow bloggers meant a cute party dress was practically ESSENTIAL), all that remained was the tea to be poured! After arriving at Tea On The Green, I was shown to table 4 along with Amanda, Sheri and Claire where we admired the stylish and quirky set-up. With retro-style deck chairs, adorable tables and eclectic crockery (all by John Lewis of course), I marvelled at how pretty it all looked and felt some major Alice In Wonderland-esque tea party vibes!

Each table had a view of the giant flat-screen TV that hung on the centre of the wall (also green!) showing the sporting events live. It was surrounded by an awesome display of clocks – each of which showed the real time of a particular Commonwealth country. On the exterior two custom-built art installations, that have been created exclusively for Tea On The Green by Billie Achilleos of Set Square, are displayed. I loved the colourful high-jumper – look out for him above the entrance!

Back at table 4, we were treated to our choice of tea and soft drinks along with a yummy tower of tea time snacks. Delicate finger sandwiches (cheddar cheese and red onion marmalade was my favourite!), fresh scones and a selection of sweet cakes and pastries were served by our lovely waitress as we discussed important things like the dancing teacakes of the Opening Ceremony, the perfect glittery spectacles and our favourite Glaswegian words (and debating just how to spell ‘haunners’)! My favourite Weegie word is ‘blether’ – how about you?

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After spending an hour at Tea On The Green, I left feeling totally blissed-out and ready to go back out and face the hustle and bustle of the city again. The thing that really made the experience so enjoyable was that, despite the pop-up area being so central (traffic, builders and excited Games-goers are just meters away), the space that has been created is peaceful and gives guests a chance to unwind and chat while taking in the atmosphere. For a while I forgot that I was sitting outside in one of Glasgow’s busiest areas as it felt more like I was enjoying a Summer soiree in a garden (and an impeccably decorated one at that!).

The pop up is complimentary for everyone to go and enjoy some afternoon tea in this unique space – although slots are filling up FAST! Tea On The Green is open daily until August 3rd, to reserve a place, visit the John Lewis Tea On The Green website and start picking out your favourite tea time outfit!

Will you be popping along for an afternoon tea with John Lewis? What is your favourite tea time ensemble?

With scones, sandwiches and sunshine,

Miss West End Girl x

Friday Hi-Fives: Let The Games Begin!

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Happy Friday! It’s the end of another week, and this one has been an utter beauty –  full of sunshine, scones and screenings! The arrival of the Commonwealth Games has Glasgow in a state of utter bliss – there are so many fun activities and events going on and everyone I meet has the biggest grin on their face. It’s truly a time for celebration – which is something this city tends to do very well! On Tuesday, I took a stroll along the Clyde and visited BBC At The Quay – a brilliant mini-festival set up by the BBC. I perched on a candy-striped deckchair and enjoyed a fresh crab and salmon burger from the folks at Loch Fyne’s stall – not your average festival scran.

Wednesday night saw the Opening Ceremony burst into life – dancing teacakes were made all the better for seeing my babe Elaine giving it her all on TV. Proud pal moment! The next day I enjoyed some afternoon tea with some fellow local bloggers at the John Lewis Tea On The Green launch – another fantastic pop-up event in the city while the Games are on, but MUCH more on that in my next post! Last night I spent a warm evening in Kelvingrove Park, in the newly re-opened bandstand at a screening of Scottish classic (and ridiculous in-joke with our lot) Gregory’s Girl. I forgot just how quotable that film was until we were all watching it together! So much hillarity.

Tomorrow I will be getting dolled up and hitting up The Vintage Glasgow 2014 festival in Merchant City with the besties. Will I see you there? Come say hi!

Before I start picking out my pillbox hat though, let’s look at some of this week’s finest. Let the games begin…

Link Love

Dare to do something new: Jessica reminds us that an open mind has no limits

The first rule of Girl Camp? Never stop talking about Girl Camp! I love little Kylie’s camping diary

The monthly subscription box to conquer all monthly subscription boxes – new awesomeness from Crown and Glory

A parade and a mermaid fashion show? Just two of the things you’ll find at the Pacific Coast Mermaid Festival…

Wooden Shoes: this photoshoot is all kinds of adorable!

Also Making Me Smile…

Hearing Simple Minds play the opening chords to (Don’t You) Forget About Me as I was metres away in a deckchair. Naturally, I threw my fist into the air a la Judd Nelson!

Wee Scotty dogs dressed in tweed. Aw!

I’m reading Miracles Now by Gabby Bernstein and LOVING it

Today is National Hot Dog day – what’s YOUR favourite topping?

Playing with the Party Party App! 

 

Have a phenomenal weekend, everyone! And tell me, who gets a special mention from you this week?

Bella, Bella! 

Miss West End Girl x

A Sunday at Scotts

Scotts 6Having the city on our doorstep can often mean that we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to dining. With the latest concept restaurants, BBQ pulled pork joints and contemporary Scottish cuisine being served up a mere hop, skip and a jump (and sometimes even less than that!) away, it’s not very often that we venture out of Glasgow for a Sunday lunch. But a few weeks ago, we were celebrating some good news and spending the day with La Familia, which called for a day out at the seaside and a meal in a more unique setting…

Beaches in Scotland are a little different to the sunkissed sands you see in movies. With bracing winds and freezing water, you better pack that blanket along with your bucket and spade! We enjoyed visiting some of the blustery, but busy (us Scots aren’t going to let an icy gale spoil our Summer, right?) beaches in Troon and Prestwick before heading to the Troon Yacht Haven, to have a bite to eat at Scotts Bar & Restaurant. 

Scotts 2Situated right on the marina, one of the main attractions of Scotts is the stunning view of the Ayrshire coast (on a clear day you can see the Isle of Arran). We were delighted to have a table on the popular terrace, which boasts the best view and has full length windows looking out onto all of the boats (top tip: book one of these tables in advance if you can, we did and thankfully avoided the queue of people waiting to get into the terrace). Big boats, little boats, traditional boats, fancy boats…sitting for an couple of hours in Scotts will certainly have you seriously considering a nautical lifestyle!

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When we arrived, the place was buzzing with activity and the staff were clearly kept busy! I admired the stylish, relaxed interior as we were shown to our table After umm-ing and ahh-ing over the starters, I finally settled on the prawn and hot smoked salmon tian – it only seemed right that I should try some seafood, given the setting. It tasted super fresh and was light enough to make me excited for the next course. Gary ordered the timbale of haggis (pictured above), which was served stacked with champit potatoes, turnip, cream and Arran mustard sauce. Heavenly, I was assured!

Between courses, we browsed Scotts’ impressive mocktail menu and picked out some speciality drinks. Gary’s Spiced Cherry Soda tasted of bubblegum, cherry and spices and my zingy, bright Pink Lemonade was the perfect drink on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Next time, I’ll be trying the Apple & Cranberry Collins…

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It was the end of a very busy week, and I was craving some comfort food. Good thing Scotts had me covered with their hearty three cheese macaroni which came topped with a light crumb and served with a fresh slice of garlic bread. It was just what I wanted – practically an edible hug! Being a Sunday and all, Gary opted for one of the roasts on the menu: a slow-cooked rump of beef served with Yokshires and roasted vegetables. The totally clean plate at the end of the meal suggested that it tasted as good as it looked.

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Still admiring the view from the window, we ordered desserts. Ever the chocolate fiend, I couldn’t resist the chocolate fudge cake, which was served warm and gooey (just as chocolate cake should be!) with cool Chantilly cream and vanilla ice cream. Yum! The Belgian waffles were clearly a popular choice (not just in our party), and looked delicious (too good to share, I would assume..)!

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After polishing off our desserts and the last of the “if we had a boat…” conversations, our Sunday lunch came to an end. We left Scotts feeling utterly stuffed and ready for another (albeit much slower) walk around the beach.

It was great to enjoy the more relaxed pace of a day at the coast and have a lovely meal together. Be sure to check out Scotts if you’re in Troon for the day – a sailor cap is optional! Where are your favourite places to visit outside of the city?

With seashells, seafood and Sunday roasts,

Miss West End Girl x

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