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April 22, 2019

Over £1m has been spent on creating Bo & Birdy restaurant. It will open with Gillian Matthews, Scotland's first female, executive head chef in charge of the kitchen brigade at a five-star hotel. 

The new restaurant will be revealed just three months after the Blythswood’s much-loved, original restaurant was closed following purchase of the hotel by IHG. 

The new restaurant promises to 'be a refreshing and stylish new destination for diners across Scotland and beyond with a relaxed, informal and luxury brasserie feel. The revamped bar space is set to become a new imbibing hotspot, and the place to be seen in Scotland’s most vibrant city'. 

Farm to fabulous

Bo & Birdy will see the red velvet features of the previous restaurant replaced with earthy tones to mirror the restaurant’s ‘farm to fabulous’ identity. 

Executive Head Chef at Bo & Birdy, Gillian Matthews.

Executive Head Chef at Bo & Birdy, Gillian Matthews.

Scottish ingredients will be to the fore on the menu and 'bold flavour combinations' are being finessed for the launch. 

The new bar will serve up firm favourite cocktails and an extensive wine selection showcasing the best of Californian and French vineyards. 

Executive Head Chef, Gillian Matthews said: 'I’m delighted to welcome clients old and new to join myself and the team at the new Bo & Birdy restaurant. Our distinctive menu has been created to present the best of Scottish produce in what I believe will be a truly modern twist on favourite and traditional recipes. 

Glitz, glamour and five-star service 

Murray Thomson, General Manager of the Blythswood Square hotel added: 'As Glasgow’s only five-star lifestyle hotel, we are thrilled to introduce Bo & Birdy to Glasgow’s thriving dining scene. With our award-winning spa, Square Eyes Cinema Club, designer guest rooms and famous penthouse, Bo & Birdy will become an essential destination for lovers of Scottish food and drinks. The glitz, glamour and five-star service at Blythswood will remain.' 

The Blythswood Square building has been a prestigious address since the early 19th century.  Overlooking a private garden square, the hotel’s Georgian townhouses were originally home to wealthy merchants and were later turned into the club headquarters for The Royal Automobile Club.