Top food and drink experiences in Glasgow

Fish dishes are the speciality at Rogano, the oldest restaurant in Glasgow, housed in a beautiful Art Deco building reminiscent of an ocean liner. Enjoy a lofty vantage point over busy and bustling Glasgow Central Station. The swanky bar Champagne Central (in the Grand Central Hotel) will make you want to take your time. It’s enough to make anyone hope their train is delayed by an hour or 2…

In an area of Glasgow that’s packed with fabulous restaurants and pubs, The Finnieston stands out. Think oysters, cherry-smoked trout, and hand-dived scallops. The gin cocktail bar, glass panelling, and buzzing crowd all help add up to what many consider to be Glasgow’s best gastropub.

Sit on salvaged church chairs, and marvel at the gold ceilings and handcrafted gilt mirrors that pepper the décor at Cottiers restaurant, situated in a church conversion in Glasgow. The restaurant’s menu is fully focused on using fresh Scottish ingredients.

Pull up a high-backed Art Deco chair at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow’s city centre. It’s the ideal place for afternoon tea, surrounded by his distinctive design quirks and features.

Inverarity 121 in Glasgow’s happening West End is the place to go for buying a bottle, having a taste and talking about all matters alcohol with the experts who run the shop. Wine is the main focus here, but there is a good selection of interesting spirits.

Love gin? Firkin Gin is aged in oak whisky casks and is the same colour as the spirit Scotland’s more traditionally known for. It’s made in small batches at Gleann Mór on the south-east coast of Scotland and you can try it at Gin 71 in Glasgow, a dream destination for fans of gin.

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