Mackintosh’s Tea Rooms on the BBC

Make sure you’re watching BBC2 Scotland on Tuesday 07th August at 9pm for the story behind the restoration. See behind the scenes of the project to restore Miss Cranston’s beautiful original Willow Tea Rooms Building, the only surviving Tea Room designed entirely by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The documentary follows the story from initial planning and the start of the work, to funding and other challenges and achievements to the day of a special preview event on 07th June, prior to Mackintosh at the Willow opening to the public in July this year. The programme will be available on BBC iPlayer for catch up and viewers in the UK.

  • Margaret Watkins

    Watched the BBC programme. Lost in admiration for everyone who contributed to the development of this iconic Glasgow building. From the furniture makers and glass makers to the precision designers and restorers…what an amazing effort. Congratulations to everyone. I will be coming soon for a leisurely afternoon tea during which I will just take it all in. As a huge CZrM fan…I am going to really enjoy it. Thank you

    August 7, 2018 at 11:15 pm
  • Dianne Ford

    Fascinating programme about the restoration. Congratulations on achieving the project. Have now put a visit to Glasgow on my list of ‘to dos’!

    August 26, 2018 at 9:32 pm

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Announcement from Mackintosh at the Willow.


We’re happy to update you, that in line with government guidance and further clarification, our tearooms is still open to the public. We are closely monitoring the ongoing situation and will continue to act according to government guidelines.

Our tearooms opening hours remain the same, 12noon until 5pm.


We’ll continue to serve up delicious cakes, coffees and teas to anyone who wants to catch up safely with one other household (of up to 6 people) in a beautiful spacious environment. For now, we are not serving alcohol in the tearooms, much like Catherine Cranston in 1903 – who was a firm follower of the temperance movement!

If you don’t feel comfortable visiting, but still want to treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea, keep an eye on further updates as our takeaway afternoon tea’s and celebration cakes are launching very, very soon.

As always, we have stringent measures in place to help protect you and our staff and you can view on our bookings page.

You can make a booking online on our reservations page, by emailing us or by giving the team a call on 0141 204 1903.

Thanks to everyone for their support over the past few months.  If you have any queries about a booking the best way to contact us is at