Christmas is a time for celebration and indulgence. Maybe it’s a combination of the twinkling lights, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, specially created menus and all that fizz being poured, but Glasgow’s most luxurious restaurants seem to outdo themselves at this time of year. Here’s eight luxury restaurants in Glasgow that will definitely add sparkle to your festive season.
Hotel du Vin @ 1 Devonshire Gardens
Hotel du Vin within the five star 1 Devonshire Gardens hotel is located in a townhouse in one of the most handsome streets in Glasgow. Think tradition rather than glitz, with surroundings of dark oak panelling, Chesterfield banquettes, and roaring fires. The restaurant offers professional service matched with an impressive wine list and sophisticated dishes created using seasonal, locally sourced produce.
£59 for Chateaubriand to share + bottle of wine or £29 for 4 courses on Sunday lunch menu + glass of bucks fizz at Hotel du Vin @ 1 Devonshire Gardens on 5pm Dining.
Blythswood Square Restaurant
Located in the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club at the head of the elegant Georgian designed Blythswood Square, Blythwood Square Restaurant is worthy of its impressive location, with a sophisticated setting of pendant chandeliers, red velvet booths and the highest expenditure of Harris tweed since the QE2. Another restaurant based within a five star hotel, its menu focuses on seasonal produced presented with style. Their festive menu features sophisticated takes on classic dishes such as Prosciutto wrapped turkey medallions with sage and onion stuffing served with Glasgow honey and theme roasted seasonal vegetables, dauphinoise potatoes, smoked streaky bacon sprouts and all the trimmings, and Christmas pudding with Drambuie anglaise and Dundee orange marmalade ice cream.
£22.50 for 2 courses on festive menu + glass of wine at Blythswood Square Restaurant on 5pm Dining.
Since Chaophraya took over the iconic Townhouse building in Buchanan Street, it has firmly established itself as one of the most luxurious dining experiences in the city. A marble floored hallway dotted with golden buddhas leads to the spectacular main dining room, a vast space which includes gold chandeliers, soaring ceilings covered in ornate cornicing, balconies, and curved leather banquettes. Their Thai food more than matches their surroundings, and their Festive Banquet Menus include Thai green turkey curry simmered in coconut milk with butternut squash, courgette & garnished with sweet basil & chillies, and duck stuffed with chicken fried and served with pak choi topped with a mango sauce.
£16.95 for festive banquet on Christmas lunch menu at Chaophraya on 5pm Dining.
Brian Maule at Chardon D’Or
With eleven years working for the famous Roux brothers at their London Restaurant Le Gavroche, where Gordon Ramsay also did a stint, Brian Maule is one of the most highly regarded chefs in Glasgow. His restaurant, Brian Maule at Chardon D’Or, situated within an elegant townhouse on West Regent Street, is considered one of the best fine dining experiences in Glasgow. Brian Maule skilfully combines seasonal, locally sourced produce combined with traditional French techniques to create quality dishes.
£21.50 for 2 courses on pre-theatre menu + coffee + chocolates and £21.50 for 2 courses on lunch menu at Brian Maule at Chardon D’Or on 5pm Dining.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Glasgow
Epitomising what the celebrity chef himself called “affordable glamour,” Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Glasgow has luxurious surroundings of white lined tablecloths, red velvet sofas and crystal beaded wall lights. The kitchen provides menus, all approved by Marco himself, which unsurprisingly focus on steak dishes but also include a wide selection of meat and vegetarian dishes. Their festive menu takes a stylish look at retro Christmas classics – dishes include traditional turkey roast with all the trimmings, bread Sauce, cranberry and roasting Juices, traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, back cherry and sherry trifle wally ladd, and cocktail of Atlantic prawns, brown bread and butter and sauce Marie Rose as a starter.
£30 2 Person Offer – 2 steaks + bottle of house wine plus more offers at Marco Pierre White Glasgow on 5pm Dining.
Hutchesons City Grill
Hutchesons City Grill is one of the most spectacular restaurant settings in Glasgow. Located in the Grade A listed Hutchesons Hall on Ingram Street, its double-height Grand Hall has retained all of its beautiful stained glass, decorative panelling and ornate plasterwork. Its festive menus include roast turkey with sage and cranberry stuffing , traditional trimmings and gravy, haunch of highland venison with dauphinoise potato, braised red cabbage, muscatel pickled chestnuts, and port jus, and traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, mulled berries and vanilla ice cream.
Porter & Rye
Part of the Finnieston strip of Argyle Street, Porter & Rye is one of the hip restaurants which have been responsible for the area’s culinary reputation over the last few years. Intimate and flatteringly dimly lit, it has a stylish decor that is half old school Manhattan steak house and half post-industrial warehouse. Porter & Rye’s main focus is steak, and their Christmas menu includes Gaindykehead farm belted Galloway beef, dry aged for 50 days and served with your choice of sauce and side in the cut of either fillet, sirloin, rump or bavette. The veggie main course option is chesnut mushroom wellington with braised red cabbage and sage sauce. Desserts include the blackberry panna cotta with cème fraiche ice cream and the mascarpone cheesecake with chocolate sponge, praline, pomegranate and caramel glass.
£50 for 3 courses + glass of prosecco on Christmas menu at Porter & Rye.
The Western Club
Overlooking the twinkling canopy of fairy lights on Royal Exchange Square, The Western Club is perfectly located to take in Glasgow’s festive ambience. Their Christmas lunch and dinner menus take in all the Christmas classics; roast bronze turkey with goose fat potatoes and traditional trimmings, chicken liver parfait
on toasted brioche with spiced red onion chutney, and traditional Christmas pudding with rum and cinnamon butter.
For more restaurant offers in Glasgow over Christmas, check 5pm Dining.