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September 10, 2014
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The Anchor Line

The 5pm Dining blog is getting all excited about The Anchor Line restaurant which is taking shape in the Anchor Line building on St Vincent Place.

It is always good to see someone take on these big, we imagine expensive projects, and try to do something with real ambition.

Glasgow’s restaurant scene certainly didn’t stagnate during the worst years of the recession but large scale, prestigious openings were thin on the ground.

The Di Maggio’s group, which already has the popular Di Maggio’s, Amarone, Barolo Grill and Cafe Andaluz restaurants, are behind The Anchor Line project and they are aiming to open in late September.

Best of Scottish produce

Word has it that The Anchor Line will showcase the best of Scottish produce with influences from both sides of the Atlantic.

We are told to look out for ‘fresh oysters, lobster and scallops, the finest scotch beef, ribs and burgers to die for. There will be an extensive cocktail list with classics lying alongside some of our own signature twists, and a drinks list with a strong whisky, bourbon and gin influence.

‘New York and Glasgow craft beers, and a wine list incorporating some of the finest America and the rest of the world have to offer.’

Original features
Original features

A-listed building

Di Maggio’s have completely restored the A listed building. Built in 1906, it was designed by the renowned Scottish architect, James Miller, and original nautical emblems can still be seen on the façade, with shells, anchors and ships all featuring.

The Anchor Line shipping company, which was housed in the building, played a prominent part in Glasgow’s maritime history. From the 1880s until the 1940s the company was famous for its sleek cruise ships and for the comfort it offered its travellers at very affordable cost.

The company played on its Scottish roots and employed Scottish crew and cabin crew, advertising ‘Scottish ships and Scottish crew for Scottish passengers’.

[Canada for two quid? Pic from University of Glasgow.][8]
Canada for two quid? Pic from [University of Glasgow][9].

Bringing back memories

Di Maggio’s have been researching the company’s history and are keen to hear from anyone who had a relationship with the company or the building.

If you have any memories of either, or knew someone who did, ping Di Maggio’s an email at

The Anchor Line is also running an exclusive competition for the chance to win an invitation for two to the VIP champagne reception and dinner pre-launch event.

Simply click this link, enter your details to sign up for The Anchor Line newsletter and you will be entered into the competition.