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The Hidden Lane Tearoom is a wee gem of a place, indeed hidden down a secret lane off Argyle Street in Glasgow.

After several hours spent harassing the general public and posing serious danger to our own lives (cocktails and Glasgow traffic do not mix) on my cousin’s hen party, we tottered down a quiet little lane to find a nest of homely, vintage loveliness awaiting our arrival.

Small, but perfectly formed, every shelf and table in the Hidden Lane Tearoom is stacked with vintage crockery, quirky antiques and curios. I particularly loved the freshly cut roses on every table – so pretty.

Most of the hen party went for the vintage hair and makeup makeover on offer and came out looking bloomin’ fabulous. I, however, passed on the offer – with a face as big as mine it’s far too easy to wind up looking like a drag queen – and contented myself supping champers from a teacup.

Surely the crowning glory of the Hidden Lane Tearoom was the spectacular range of cakes and sandwiches. We were treated to mountains of whoopie pies, chocolate brownies, meringues, lemon cake and white chocolate pots…and every single thing I tried was utterly moreish. Perhaps to my detriment.

The two very nice ladies behind the counter made me a smashing coffee, which thankfully managed to shake me from the impending sugar/champagne fuelled crash.

It was nice to have the place to ourselves for the hen party, and next time I’m in Glasgow I’ll definitely be back for a coffee and cake…if not another cake stand all to myself…

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