An Afternoon Tea Tour with Red Bus Bistro

An Afternoon Tea Tour with Red Bus Bistro

Not only did Scotland have some glorious weather over the bank holiday weekend (which I got a lot of enjoyment from), but I also got to do something really fun and also really different. Hold on to your prosecco (quite literally) and get ready to have the ride of your life because I’m going to be telling you all about my time spent on an afternoon tea bus tour on Saturday afternoon. Afternoon tea by the the Red Bus Bistro isn’t just your plain and simple afternoon tea, it’s an experience. One thing I’ve been wanting to do for a number of years now is an afternoon tea bus tour, with the well talked about B Bakery bus in London catching my eye. However, with Scotland now having its very own afternoon tea tour bus in both Glasgow and Edinburgh all thanks to Red Bus Bistro (meaning I don’t have to travel miles to get in on the action), I couldn’t contain my excitement when offered the chance to get a taste of what this experience has to offer.

The Red Bus Bistro are a wonderful company offering you afternoon tea, gin tea or a gourmet burger experience all whilst touring the popular sights of Glasgow or Edinburgh on board a vintage 1966 Routemaster Bus. The bus itself will leave you in awe, leaving you feeling like you’ve just been transported into a completely different era. Picking us up on George Street, just off of the famous George Square, David and I headed into Glasgow for our 12pm pickup time. Upon arrival, I had the lovely opportunity to meet the founder Alison who couldn’t have been more enthusiastic about her quirky creation and business adventure, which only doubled my excitement to step on-board and get going.

After climbing the set of stairs to the upper deck, we walked straight down the aisle to our little two seater table at the very front of the bus, allowing for some great views. The decor on this bus really sets the scene, with little wooden baskets, hints of tartan, vintage looking pillows, adding a touch of Scottish heritage to a well known British red bus. What truly amazed me is how this bus has been totally revamped for hosting unique experiences like afternoon tea, but without getting rid of the history and iconic nature of the bus. With our little afternoon tea stand perched upon our table waiting to be devoured, it was hard to decide where to start, with everything looking far too perfect to touch.

With this afternoon tea there’s a great balance of sweet and savoury, with a selection of sandwiches, mini quiches, smoked salmon blinis, and for anyone like me with a sweet tooth, there are petits fours, cream cakes and freshly baked scones. Of course, let’s not forget the good old glass of prosecco to wash it down with. What more could you ask for?

Making sure we were well looked after from WAY before the bus even started off on its tour were John and Craig, who couldn’t have been any more friendly or attentive than they were. Service like this really set the tone for the rest of the journey as they were on hand if needed and constantly asking us if we were alright, if we required anything else, or just for a general chit chat. We set off on our approximately 90 minute tour of the city, taking in some of Glasgow’s most popular sites like Glasgow University, the Provan’s Lordship, and the Riverside Museum.

With any afternoon tea I’ve experienced, I’d usually start with the cakes and work my way backwards to the savoury bites, but having never tried quiches before and these miniature ones looking dainty, I started off with one of these, followed by a ham and mustard sandwich. Despite how lovely the little smoked salmon blinis looked, I’m not a fan of this so unfortunately and annoyingly had to give these a miss. Everything was all so fresh, with the freshly baked scones being a favourite of mine, as were the macarons considering my undying love for these little delights.

Tea or coffee is unlimited and I couldn’t wait to get a nice warm cup of tea down me. Due to the bus being on the go, the tea and coffee was provided in bright red travel cups with lids to prevent any spillages or burns. Not only is this a great idea and keeps your beverage at the perfect temperature, but the cup with its little Red Bus Bistro logo was very cute (where can I get one of these for work, it’s a must!). As I sat back and relaxed taking in the many sights the city has to offer with my travel cup in hand, I watched passers by stopping and instantly rummaging around for their cameras or phones to snap a picture of this vintage bus. To see the amount of internet the bus gained in a matter of 90 minutes made me feel pretty lucky to have been sat on it experiencing it for myself, so much so that I could do it all over again and feel just as excited as the first time.

I had such an amazing afternoon on this bus, I’ve told anyone about this that is willing to listen. There’s also talks of doing it in Edinburgh with a few of my friends, which again would be great experiencing it in a different city as I’m not too familiar of all the sights in Edinburgh. This bus is perfect for special occasions and the staff are so accommodating (there was a retirement party on board who were a lot of fun), it’s also perfect for doing something different if you’re struggling for ideas. The next point will make your smile even wider…the bus has an alcohol licence, so if that one glass of prosecco leaves you wanting more, then you have an array of alcoholic choices. The afternoon tea bus tour costs £35 per person but think about what you’d be getting for the money…afternoon teas alone (without alcohol) can cost £20+ so to have it on board a very photogenic, homely and well looked after bus like this, tour the city AND be served by the loveliest of staff, then you can certainly justify the price. Everywhere needs more unique experiences like this, and I can only look forward to trying out the other experiences on offer by Red Bus Bistro.




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  1. May 10, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Oh my goodness this looks so incredible! I am totally going to try this tour out someday! Beautiful review 💕

    • Holly
      May 13, 2018 / 9:55 am

      You definitely should, it was a fantastic afternoon!

  2. ruthinrevolt
    May 11, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    I know what I’m doing next time I go to Edinburgh/Glasgow! This looks fantastic. I had no idea that this was a thing. Thanks for sharing!

    Ruth |

    • Holly
      May 13, 2018 / 9:55 am

      Oh please do, it would be an experience you wouldn’t forget!

  3. May 13, 2018 / 9:04 am

    That looks like a very cool (and tasty!) day out 🙂 x

    • Holly
      May 13, 2018 / 9:55 am

      It was indeed cool and tasty! Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. May 13, 2018 / 9:54 am

    This looks fab and so yummie. What a wonderful idea to combine a busride with afternoon tea. Having something to watch while taking a ride seems lovely. And it sounds like you really enjoyed your time ^^

    • Holly
      May 13, 2018 / 9:56 am

      It was so yummy, I’m a sucker for little sweet treats. Thanks for reading x

  5. May 13, 2018 / 10:14 am

    Ive never heard of this but absolutely love the sound of it! It seems like the cutest afternoon so im 100% gonna check out the one in london because me and my mom are going to go to london soon so might have to add this to the trip!

  6. May 13, 2018 / 11:44 am

    This looks like such a great day out! I’ve never heard of this before, such a cool concept. And your photos are great too 🙂

  7. May 13, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    That’s amazing! My partner and I are hoping to travel around Scotland at some point this year. I will be adding this to the list of things we should do while we’re there.

  8. May 13, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun! Never been to Scotland, but this sounds like a great idea for anywhere. Where I’m from, there’s a bar with bicycle seats and you pedal around town, but if you don’t drink-you”re out of luck.

  9. May 13, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland and see some of the sights so this sounds like the perfect way to do it! I completely agree with you that the price is so reasonable too for everything that is included! Glad you enjoyed yourself lovely!

    Jess //

  10. tiarasandsequins
    May 13, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    Omgosh this looks so fun! I love the idea of tea while taking a tour.

  11. May 13, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    Wow i love this! Ive not been on a tour bus before and the experience of both afternoon tea and a tour seems like the place to start. I have family in Glasgow so I will have to have a go of the tour bus while I’m up visiting. Thanks for sharing.

    Laura xx

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