Afternoon Tea Aventures; Golden Lion, Stirling
At the beginning of last month I revisited Scotland. This time I went to Stirling, Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow. After a lovely sunny day spent exploring all that Stirling had to offer; coffee shops, the castle, stunning views, bagpipers and the most picturesque church, all of a sudden the heavens opened and there was a need to take shelter. We found ourselves outside a hotel and decided to pop in and take shelter. By now we were quite hungry as we hadn’t eaten since breakfast that morning and decided this looked like a lovely place to ave something to eat. We were shown in to the restaurant which at 3.30pm was still serving lunch. The Golden Lion serves food through out the whole day.
The menu was very appealing and many locally sourced ingredients were included on the menu. The moment I saw they served an afternoon tea there was no more looking at the menu. Unusually the Golden Lion does not require you to book 24 hours in advance. The afternoon was a simple selection of a sandwich (I choose chicken mayo), a scone with cream and jam and two bite size cakes. The breakfast that morning plus the couple of cafe stops for hot drinks through out the day meant that this really was adequate for our needs.
We were provided with iced water and as much tea as we could drink. We happily sat in the restaurant and enjoyed our meal while we waited for the rain to end and at no point did we feel rushed to leave; we were there nearly two hours and the staff were so accommodating. The afternoon tea is priced at £8.95 each and is certainly value for money. I really couldn’t fault the tea at all and the staff and atmosphere of the hotel was perfect.