Hutchesons Bar & Brasserie
- Telephone 0141 552 4050
- Opening times Mon–Fri 9am–midnight; Sat/Sun 10am–midnight.
- Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–midnight
- Food served Brasserie: Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat noon–6pm
- Average price £15.95 (set lunch); £32 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15.95
- Website hutchesonsglasgow.com
Glitzy, luxurious dining in an A-listed Merchant City landmark, featuring café, brasserie and glamorous cocktail bar.
Hutchesons may well boast the most impressive dining room in Glasgow. The magnificent double-height Grand Hall of what’s been in turn (since 1802) a hospital, school, bank, library and exhibition space has retained all of its beautiful stained glass, decorative panelling and ornate plasterwork. Dinner feels like an occasion here, but thanks to comfortable seating, friendly service and cool jazz on the sound system, it’s by no means over-formal or stuffy. The menu is as glamorous as the interior – 35-day aged Scotch beef, local oysters, lobster and even Oscietra caviar, plus a few creative and inventive dishes such as confit ox cheek with truffled carrots, or a satisfying vegetarian dish of cauliflower and broccoli cooked several ways to deliver a complex range of textures and flavours. For dessert, a rich chocolate pavé comes with intriguing frozen peanut butter parfait, salted caramel and popcorn, again playing with textures, flavours and temperatures. Hutchesons is not a bargain destination, but the combined lunch and pre-theatre deal means you can experience the clever cooking and beautiful interior without breaking the bank.
- High point: Magnificent interior
- Low point: À la carte can get pricey
- Notable dish: Confit ox cheek with jerusalem artichoke purée, truffled carrots, black onion seed and bone marrow
For years Glasgow waited for life to return to the old Hutcheson Hospital, a glorious 19th-century building in the heart of the Merchant City. Following success with the Butchershop, James Rusk teamed up with the building’s owners The National Trust for Scotland to create an elegant restaurant that would shine in any city. From a cocktail bar and café on the ground floor, resplendent in marble, mirrors and palm fronds; to the sumptuous brassiere and its huge ornate ceiling, the restoration is glorious, but similar attention has been paid to the dining experience. The cocktail list is excellent and the menu is shaped from the best of Scotland’s larder. A meaty dressed crab to start is topped with shaved egg, while mixed shellfish on ice certainly looks the part. The quality continues into mains dominated by meat and seafood. A roasted monkfish tail shows there’s more to the kitchen than steak, though a fillet with scallops is immensely satisfying. A light blancmange served with raspberry sorbet rounds off a meal perfectly, but not even that can come close to the experience of being immersed in part of Glasgow’s architectural history.
- Private dining: Up to 18 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Capacity: 85 (brasserie) / 55 (cafe-bar)
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £19 per bottle
Reviews & features
Restaurant review: Hutchesons23 Sep 2014
Minute attention to culinary detail ensures quality dining in a beautifully restored building
Anyone wandering in the Merchant City will invariably have their eye drawn to the imposing and elegant Hutchesons’ Hall. Built as a hospital in the early 19th century (relocating from the Trongate, from where it had operated since the 1640s), the…