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November 25, 2016

If the walls in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel could talk you would probably want to pull up with a cup of tea and listen for a few hours.

The landmark hotel has hosted guests such as JFK, Frank Sinatra, Carey Grant and Winston Churchill, and John Logie Baird transmitted the first ever television signal on the hotel’s fourth floor in 1927.

Nowadays the hotel retains its Old Hollywood glamour while offering a stylish, contemporary environment for its guests.

Tempus Grand Central

Despite its plush decor and imposing surroundings of pillars, arched windows and high ceilings, Grand Central Hotel’s Tempus restaurant has a relaxed ambience.

Tempus at the Grand Central Hotel.

Their menu is made up of modern Scottish dishes created using locally sourced, seasonal produce.

Tempus Grand Central invited us along to try their new menu. This is what we dined on:

New winter menu

We started with a glass of Sangiovese.

Tempus Grand Central Wine


Then we began with the starters. Lentil and bacon soup for my dining companion. Cosy and warming for a winter night.

Tempus Grand Central Bacon and Lentil Spup

While I had the woodland mushroom bruschetta with truffle oil and micro herbs.



For the main course, my dining companion didn’t hold back. He went for the Scotch bavette steak and French fries with tomato and garlic butter. And with Tempus taking particular pride in their Scottish steak selection, why not?

Tempus Grand Central Steak Bavette

I went for the vegetarian main. Rigatoni with heirloom tomato, garlic, chilli, basil, rocket, and lemon olive oil.

Tempus Grand Central Pasta


My dining companion is the person who always orders the cheese as dessert.


Not me. The chilly night had sticky toffee pudding written all over it.

Stodgy, sweet, and the perfect way to end the meal


There are several offers at Tempus – Grand Central on 5pm Dining.

£20 for 3 courses + glass of fizz on pre-theatre menu at Tempus – Grand Central

£39.50 2 person offer – 2 steaks + bottle of wine at Tempus Grand Central

Both offers can be booked on 5pm Dining.