Afternoon Tea Aventures; Golden Lion, Stirling

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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.


  • Lauren

    7th October 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Looks like a lovely place to chill out and wait for the rain to stop! I’m a big fan of afternoon tea too

  • Hayley

    7th October 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Wow that really is good value! Sounds lovely.

  • Fancy

    7th October 2017 at 9:06 AM

    That’s an amazing price. Really loved the pics. Food envy right here.

  • Jill Creighton

    7th October 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Hi Candace, that sound great. I must try it sometime. I live in Glasgow – so not to far to travel for a scone !

  • Ritu

    7th October 2017 at 10:04 AM

    That Afternoon tea looks fabulous!!!!
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  • Em Linthorpe

    7th October 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Looks great, and you get plenty of grub on your plate too. I’ve not been to Sterling and I know nothing about the place, I’ll have to do some research!

  • Brenda

    7th October 2017 at 12:13 PM

    Looks like a good place for tea and to curl up and wait out the rain. It is lovely when you find the unexpected and just enjoy.

  • Claire

    7th October 2017 at 1:37 PM

    I fancy a cream tea now!

  • AnHistorian

    7th October 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Most afternoon teas that I’ve taken are usually the equivalent of at least £30, usually closer to £50, so this is a fantastic deal! It’s nice that they do offer a smaller version, as sometimes you aren’t up for a whole three-four course meal that most teas are. I’ve also heard great things about Stirling, I most go!

  • Leona

    7th October 2017 at 3:04 PM

    I wished there were more tea places like this in US. There are a couple high tea places in cities, but nothing like this (value high tea?) And I love happy accidents like these

  • Lisa Orchard

    7th October 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Looks like a great place to stop and catch your breath. Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  • Kim Love

    7th October 2017 at 4:56 PM

    This sounds like my perfect vacation. Your photos are beautiful. I’m an avid tea drinker and i would have loved the experience.

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  • Lisa Dingle

    7th October 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Wow. Now that I’m salivating… I’m such a fan of high/afternoon tea, and seek it out constantly. Being from Maine, this can be a challenge. I thank you for connecting me to it today!

  • Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook

    7th October 2017 at 7:53 PM

    I love a place with great atmosphere. So jealous as I would love to visit that area.

  • Greatness Reinvented

    13th May 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Looks like a lovely place to chill with a great atmosphere.

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