Royal Scottish Automobile Club renovation continues
The massive renovation of the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club on Blythswood Square in Glasgow is reaching completion with the opening of the first batch of rooms and the hotel’s 120-seater restaurant and cocktail bar. Part of the Town House Collection which runs The Bonham and Channings in Edinburgh, Blythswood Square is bidding to become Glasgow’s premier luxury hotel and spa. Executive head chef Daniel Hall has come from the Pool House Hotel in Wester Ross, and promises up-scale food with ‘one foot in the past and one foot in the future’.
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L’Escargot Bleu, List Newcomer of the Year in this year’s Eating & Drinking Guide Awards, has opened an epicerie in the basement beneath the restaurant, selling French cheese, wine, terrines and cookware, along with fresh Au Gourmand bread and take-home-and-heat ready meals cooked in on-site kitchens.
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Other new arrivals around Edinburgh include Moo Cafeteria on Brandon Terrace at Canonmills, the Westroom on Melville Place, a new bar from the team behind sygn and Monteiths, and new evening opening hours (till 10pm Tue–Fri) at the Globe Deli on Henderson Row. Through in Glasgow there’s a new branch of Tinderbox on the top floor of Princes Square and a big new Italian, Mediterraneo, on Ingram Street.
Edinburgh restaurant 21212, opened by chef Paul Kitching and Katie O’Brien in May this year in a townhouse on Royal Terrace, has picked up the award as the UK’s best new restaurant at the National Restaurant Awards 2009 run by Restaurant Magazine. In the list of the UK’s top 100 restaurants published as part of the Awards, top ranked Scottish restaurant was The Kitchin, coming in at a heady 8.