Restaurant at Blythswood Square
- Telephone 0141 248 8888
- Bar open Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight
- Food served Mon–Fri 7–10am, noon–2.30pm, 5–9.45pm; Sat 7–11am, 12.30–2.30pm, 5–9.45pm; Sun 7–11am, 12.30–3pm, 5–10pm
- Pre-theatre times Saturday 5–6.30pm
- Pre-theatre price £22
- Website www.blythswoodsquare.com
Fine dining in the elegant surroundings of a five-star hotel in Glasgow's city centre.
The former plush glories of the RAC club have been revived and refined in this marble filled, elegant hotel overlooking a small green park just a few steps from the bustle of Sauchiehall Street. The entrance invokes a stylish 1930s’ vibe with its swooping staircase, long-drop chandelier and red velvet booths, while the restaurant is moody and contemporary with a long underlit cocktail bar, upholstered seats and toweringly high ceilings festooned with outsized black lampshades. The à la carte boasts a bounty of fine Scottish produce from Mull scallops to Arbroath smokies to Highland game, while a nicely priced market menu offers a smaller set of choices with some clever touches. Starter of chicken and chorizo terrine is moist and chunky with paprika-tinged depth brightened by a dollop of sprightly tomato chutney and a smattering of micro herbs. From the mains, beetroot risotto is buttery and creamy enlivened by salty hits of goat’s cheese in a dill and chive drizzle. Formally dressed waiting staff are conscientious and alert, maintaining that air of refinement that marks a classy establishment.
The beginning of 2015 saw a change of hotel management for Blythswood Square after The Townhouse Company sold their 5-star Glasgow outfit to American-owned Starwood Hotels, who count names such as St Regis, Sheraton and Le Méridien under their umbrella. So far, it is business as usual, no changes are planned to their menu, which includes an array of fish, meat, game and steaks, the latter cooked over charcoal on a renowned Josper grill. Wine will see the biggest shakeup, with a revamp of the current list by the end of the year. Presently house wine starts from nearly £23, a pretty hefty markup. In contrast, the market menu offers great value and is always available alongside the main menu. With only three options for each course, choice is limited to a single meat, fish and vegetable option for both starter and main. Begin with pork terrine – meaty cubes dot the delicate plate while a crisp, slightly sweet pulled pork bonbon sits above bold celeriac remoulade, a kick of horseradish livens things up. Chicken is pretty standard, though well cooked, served with green beans, pan-fried potatoes and a rich poultry gravy. To finish, enjoy an aperitif in the plush cocktail lounge where one of their experienced mixologists will shake up anything your heart desires.
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 115
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Pop
- Capacity: 120
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £22.95 per bottle
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