Today is the official opening day of Marchtown, a new bistro and wine bar in Strathbungo.
In fact, bistro and wine bar doesn’t really cover the full range of activities available at the Pollokshaws Road premises.
Marchtown is also a speciality food and drinks retailer, events space, makers’ workshop and, hopefully, all round community hub.
It has grown out of the Little Botanica florist and teashop. The floristry side of the business has moved to new premises in Tradeston.
Marchtown meeting point
Apparently, Marchtown was a former name for the area. Strathbungo was the meeting point of the historic parish boundaries – or marches – of Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Govan.
The new venture hopes to bring together local people, and those from other parts of Glasgow, through making, sharing, eating and enjoying the occasional glass of wine.
Small but perfectly formed
Word is that the operation will start with drinks, snacks, tastings and the off-licence.
The full food menus and calendar of workshops will roll out shortly after that.
Diners are promised ‘a small, creative, and perfectly-formed seasonal menu with boards of various sizes and content’.
The aim is to provide a menu which is ‘varied, delicious, healthy, fun, and based on the principle of sharing’.
As well as an interesting wine list, craft beers and a small house cocktail list, Marchtown will offer a variety of non alcoholic beverages, hot and cold, from fizzy to fresh to flavoured.
Wood carving to Lego building
The events space will be open for a variety of workshops, classes, demonstrations and activities. Look out for flower workshops, photography lessons, healthy cooking classes, wood carving, cheese tastings, jewellery making and much more.
Alongside the structured workshops, Marchtown promises regular informal entertainment activities for all ages.
Buckle up for games nights, Lego building, film screenings, colouring-in and local history talks.
The 5pm Dining blog wishes them every success.