Restaurant at Blythswood Square

Restaurant at Blythswood Square
11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, G2 4AD
  • 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 Mon–Sun 5–6.30pm
  • Average price £18.50 (set lunch); £29 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £22
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Fine dining in the elegant surroundings of a five-star hotel in Glasgow's city centre

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Not content with feeding the guests of the on-site five-star hotel, the Restaurant at Blythswood Square competes for the local crowd with a wide range of offerings and special deals running through the day. There’s pricey à la carte, more keenly priced lunch, pre-theatre and evening market menus, smart bar food and luxurious afternoon tea to choose from, all complemented by glamorous cocktails and an excellent (if rather expensive) wine list. Food is standard fine-dining with emphasis on quality local meat and fish, some of it getting the Josper charcoal-grill treatment. On a typical market menu a moist chicken breast is bathed in a delicate curry cream, while seared fillets of sea bass rest on a bed of earthy puy lentils. Service is smart and attentive, as befits the rather grand interior of this historic building, once the Royal Scottish Automobile Club and the subject of an ambitious restoration project a few years ago. A suitably luxurious venue for weddings and special events, it’s worth checking what’s on before you book a table.

  • High point: Fine historic building
  • Low point: Wine and cocktails on the pricey side
  • Notable dish: Josper (charcoal) grilled steaks
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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: 100
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: light jazz, spanish/european dance music
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £22.50 per bottle

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