Catering in Scotland Excellence Finalist 2016 for Group Hotel of the Year. Formerly the RSAC's ballroom, The Restaurant at Blythswood Square is no ordinary city restaurant. This 120-cover restaurant and cocktail bar impresses with its high ceilings and grand dimension. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, a place to enjoy delicious seasonal food and inventive cocktails. An experience that is certain to impress Glasgow locals and hotel guests alike.
The Salon, a 35 metre lounge located on the first floor of the hotel, has comfortable sofas, luxurious fabrics and great views. Great for meeting friends for freshly brewed coffee, blended teas, finest champagnes, whisky or a classic Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea here is a guilty pleasure that you will return to indulge in time and time again. Head Chef Zoltan Szabo is a Member of Slow Food Chefs' Alliance.
This upbeat bustling restaurant is famed for their seafood but are also Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club so everyone will find their favourite on the menu.
Situated in the heart of Merchant City a short stroll from Queen Street Station it is ideal for quick lunches as well as for a romantic evening meal. It has a delightful friendly informal atmosphere and really buzzes, whether or not you are with a crowd. Photo credits: City Merchant
This charming place has been a Glasgow institution these past 25 years and still going strong with a dedicated following for their authentic north Italian food.
It feels like stepping into a cafe in Torino during Slow Food Salone del Gusto! It has the unmistakable life and vibrance - and opera music - of an Italian eatery and also supports local businesses with their food sourcing, Ramsays of Carluke and The Fish People for example.
Open breakfasts (that's ours, left!) onwards. Daily specials on blackboard include west coast mussels, tagliatelle of langoustines and pork belly with sun dried tomatoes. Other venues, all serving fantastic food with a real buzz...
121 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 2SZ Tel: 0141 204 0440
42 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 1NF (a converted bank complete with Murano chandeliers from Venice). Tel: 0141 572 7000
Winner of Best Informal Restaurant in West Region Thistle Awards 2017. Another real favourite - this venue has character, attitude, and great food. There is a vibrant bar upstairs and warm buzzing bistro downstairs. Menus are quite international in style using finest Scottish produce and often with a bit of humour too. Well worth a visit. I love their strapline...'Think Global Eat Local.' Winner of Pub Excellence Award at Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards 2015.
Colin, who created Stravaigin, pictured right, is a Member of Slow Food Chef Alliance. Colin's Dad was the great Ronnie Clydesdale who we all miss, but the legend lives lives on and The Chip, as it is affectionately known, goes from strength to strength... see entry...so you will be kept busy eating your way around this great city!
At Stravaigin they specialise in seasonal and unusual cheeses, with a carefully balanced selection provided by their local cheesemonger, George Mewes such as Dunlop Dairy's ' Bonnet' a hard pressed cheese made from Saanen and Toggenburg goats’ milk. This well-known and extremely popular cheese is named after the local town of Stewarton, ‘The Bonnet Toun’, where mills in the town made bonnets for the army regiments. This delicious cheese is perfectly accompanied by homemade knackerbrod and chutney or Heather Hills farm honeycomb.'
Jacqueline is the classic ambassador for Scottish produce as she cooks expertly in the kitchens whilst 'wee sis' is greeter par excellence. Jak has also competed superbly on The Great British Menu Series and often demonstrates for Quality Meat Scotland. She is a popular face these days on TV and at national events.
Their Kelvingrove restaurant is contemporary in neutral tones of grey with stunning original artwork from the famous local artist Philip Raskin, portraying landscapes and seas.
Their second, The Sisters Jordanhill, is at 1A AshwoodGardens (Off Crow Road), G13 1NU. Tel: 0141 434 1179. Jordanhill is cosy and rustic with a terrace for balmy evenings and a snug diningroom with lovely timbers and textiles. http://thesisters.co.uk/jordanhill_restaurant
Both venues have menus brimming with local produce, all delicious and very tempting, ranging from perfectly cooked Ramsay's gammon to light delicate beetroot mousse and smooth velvety paté. The desserts are also worth saving a wee space for - meringues with butterscotch sauce, sticky toffee pudding... mmm
I first dined here in the 80's - I remember sitting at the next table to Denis Waterman who had a number one at the time so that dates the year and the week!! I still think it is a wonderful place.
A fine family business, founder Ronnie Clydesdale is sadly no longer with us, but never forgotten, and son Colin is now at the helm here, along with his own creations Stravaigin and Hanoi Bike Shop. The Chip has a great iconic reputation world wide and celebs can still be seen dining alongside locals! This pigeon (pictured) with barley risotto was superb and the indoor courtyard with water garden and fabulous natural light is as beautiful as ever.
Here is Colin speaking at a Slow Food Chef Alliance event at The Chip...
Heading southwards on the A73 – so pleasant to avoid motorways – you will find Carmichael Estate Farm Shop and can pause for tasty home baking at their Clan Farmhouse Kitchen. The Carmichael family have been farming these lands for 700 years and today the current Clan Chief and his family continue these traditions, producing their own beef, lamb and venison, from rearing to processing, assuring complete traceability and low food miles.
Their tearoom is located in the farm courtyard and has a lovely range of home bakes and light dishes.
Several of the old estate cottages have also been beautifully renovated for holiday lets - with farm shop and tearoom on your doorstep you don’t have far to go for gourmet meals! As Clan Carmichael HQ there is also a good range of gifts and Carmichael tartan items, plus news of Gatherings.
Here the philosophy is 'Well fed, well blessed.' A Glasgow institution, featuring Scottish dishes and named after the company founded by Louis Gandolfi that made cameras, synonymous with fine photography for 120 years. With strong Barra family connections the menu is delightfully Hebridean in flavour. There are 3 Gandolphis - Café (Merchant City's old cheese market), Gandolphi Fish nearby and Bar Gandolphi up in the eaves above the café.
Consistently excellent seafood restaurant. A magnet for the design conscious as it is high on sophisticated style. It also cares about sustainability so great care is taken in sourcing their seafood. Gamba of course means prawn/langoustine. Predominantly seafood, meat lovers need not despair although vegetarians should perhaps forewarn on booking! Scotland's Best Restaurant Experience 2017 Thistle Awards
Classic 1930's style décor. When the Queen Mary was being created on The Clyde, Rogano was similarly fitted out in the city and 'a legend was born.' The oldest surviving restaurant in Glasgow with generations of dedicated chefs upholding its standards. There is the Oyster Bar, Restaurant, Cafe and private dining all available. Now over 70 years old, this Glasgow institution goes from strength to strength. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.
An organic artisan bakery, cafe and roasterie. Tapa’s range includes wheat and gluten-free products, and yeast-free sourdoughs. Open 7 days. "This is a must-visit address. How I wish I had Tapa round the corner." says Joanna Blythman.
Contemporary dining with many references to provenance throughout their menus. This restaurant has had multiple recommendations and excellent reviews. Their beef, poultry, lamb and seafood are all carefully sourced and their farmhouse cheeses are selected by George Mewes. 2014 Winner of The Restaurant Newcomer of the Year Award at Catering in Scotland Awards.