Project Overview & Tours

We have been actively promoting the project by running a number of information sessions and private tours together with talks for interested groups.  The Trust was also delighted to promote the project at the Lyon & Turnbull Spring Highlights Event in London recently.

Visitors and Groups to the Project Office:

  • Friends of Glasgow School of Art
  • Royal Inst itute of Chartered Surveyors
  • Royal Institute of British Architects
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Belling Hospitality Training Centre

The WTRT team were kindly invited to attend the Belling Hospitality Training Centre  at Dumfries House in March to participate in the graduation celebrations of their inspirational students.  It was an honour to be part of this special evening and for our Chairman, Celia Sinclair, to present the end of course Certificates and speak about our exciting project at 217 Sauchiehall Street.

It was an honour to be part of this special occasion and for our Chairman, Celia Sinclair, to present the end of course Certificates and speak about our project at 217 Sauchiehall Street.

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We thank our friends at Dumfries House and the Princes Trust for making us feel so welcome.

Thanks for the Memories: Do You Remember the Old Willow Tea Rooms?

Did you take tea at the original Willow Tea Rooms?  Do you remember the dainty cakes and immaculate waitresses?  Did you stroll down Glasgow’s stylish Sauchiehall Street to enjoy a leisurely lunch or afternoon tea.

Perhaps you have photographs of dining there, old menus or souvenirs that help to tell the story of an important part of Glasgow’s history?  Maybe you have a personal connection to the tea rooms’ original owner Miss Kate Cranston, or the now world-renowned Architect who designed them, Charles Rennie Mackintosh?

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If you have Willow memories, photos or artefacts you would love to share, please email us at info@willowtearoomstrust.org or phone 0141 332 7696.

Meet the pioneering woman breathing new life into Glasgow's old Willow Tea Rooms building

Ann Fotheringham, journalist from the Evening Times interviewed Celia this month to hear about her plans to create a much needed Mackintosh hub in the heart of Glasgow City Centre.

The WTRT Team   Centre Front:  Celia Sinclair Front Left:  Jean Sinclair, Philip Gregory, Narelle Mais & Alan Woods  

The WTRT Team  
Centre Front:  Celia Sinclair
Front Left:  Jean Sinclair, Philip Gregory, Narelle Mais & Alan Woods

 

Ann quoted "THEY were the epitome of luxury and style, a haven for ladies who lunched, and the vision of one of Scotland’s earliest female entrepreneurs. Now the old Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and run by Kate Cranston, are being faithfully restored by another pioneering woman, whose plans encompass much more than tea and tiffin."

Mackintosh at the Willow will involve restoring the tea rooms, including the impressive Salon de Luxe, to their former glory; creating a visitor centre, education hub and exhibition; and involving apprentices in the building of more than 400 pieces of furniture.

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit in 2018 and the education centre will play host to 2500 children. It’s estimated it will bring in £1m to the local economy, as tourists flock to the first ever, dedicated Mackintosh ‘museum’.

The aim is not just to preserve one of Mackintosh’s finest buildings, and pay tribute to the original tearooms owner Kate Cranston, but also to encourage the next generation of artists, architects and entrepreneurs who follow in their footsteps.

A visit to Dumfries House, Belling Hospitality Training Centre

The Willow Tea Rooms Trust team were kindly invited to attend the Belling Hospitality Training Centre at Dumfries House last week to participate in the graduation celebrations of their inspirational students.  It was an honour to be part of this special evening and for our Chair, Celia Sinclair, to present the end of course Certificates and speak about our exciting project at 217 Sauchiehall Street.   We thank our friends at Dumfries House for making us feel so welcome.

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A Visit to Dumfries House - January 2017

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Our sincere thanks to all the team at Dumfries House for the 'grand tour' and outstanding hospitality.    

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It was with great delight to visit Dumfries House recently to learn not only about the history surrounding this incredible property, but to hear about their amazing project, work with the Prince's Trust, and how their project assists the community.   The Willow Tea Rooms Trust finished the day on a high, armed with information and inspiration for our project at 215-217 Sauchiehall Street.
 

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