Phill and I had a fab time in Glasgow at the very end of January. We were there to celebrate his birthday and to see one of our fave bands The Cadillac Three in concert. It was our first time ever to Glasgow so we didn’t know what to expect from the Scottish city. I’d heard it was a great place for shopping but other than that I wasn’t entirely sure what we would get up to whilst we were there. I just made sure to book dinner at restaurants for the two nights we would be in town.
Whilst cold and rainy, our city break to Glasgow was a total delight. People Make Glasgow – the official guide to Glasgow – had kindly organised for us to stay a night at the Grasshoppers Hotel in the city centre. They also left us a welcome pack full of Glasgow goodies, maps and sight-seeing bus tour tickets. I’ve noted some of our trip highlights below but for our full Glasgow city experience watch my vlog!
A beautiful boutique hotel set in Glasgow’s Grand Central Station. Grasshoppers is a new hotel stylishly decorated, with an emphasis on home comforts – comfy beds, complimentary cupcakes, Sky TV and well cooked breakfast food! The rooms are small but perfectly formed, with nice roomy showers. I adored the mid century accents in the hotel’s sitting room and funky modern art adorned all the walls throughout the hotel. A fab central location to base yourself if you’re visiting the city.
BREAD MEATS BREAD
A must visit for a lunchtime feast! I practically inhaled their cult burger – the ‘Cali’ – which is two patties mustard fried with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions with the special sauce. Phill got the BBQ beef brisket sandwich and we shared the bacon fries. Sooo good! And the manager Ian was so attentive and friendly. Bread Meats Bread = great food and service.
GLASGOW’S WEST END
Glasgow was grander than I expected in certain areas. Most people talk about Edinburgh as the prettiest of Scottish cities but the the West End of Glasgow had a real charm to it. It was also a fab alternative shopping destination – full of charity shops, vintage stores and antique and collectibles spots. Check out Ruthven Lane if you love a good rummage!
DINNER AT LYCHEE ORIENTAL
When searching for top Glasgow restaurants Lychee Oriental popped up time and again. And when I realised chef Jimmy Lee owned Lychee I immediately booked Phill and I a table. Jimmy Lee featured on Great British Menu on BBC2 last year and I remember thinking what a nice guy he was – not your usual cocky chef! And much to our delight Jimmy Lee came out and introduced himself and even served Phill a birthday chocolate cake after our meal. He was such a down-to-earth guy and it was really interesting finding out more about his Great British Menu experience. Needless to say the food at Lychee was damn tasty!
KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY & MUSEUM
For a bit of culture Phill and I headed to beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. We hopped off the Glasgow sight-seeing bus and explored the impressive Egyptian collection and some of the Scottish artwork. It’s completely free to view all the different galleries, exhibitions and collections at Kelvingrove and it was great to see lots of parents and young children visit whilst we were there.
ITALIAN FAYRE AT LA LANTERNA
So food was definitely a huge highlight in Glasgow. We didn’t have one bad or average meal. Before we headed out to see The Cadillac Three in concert on Saturday night we enjoyed a three course meal at the award winning La Lanterna restaurant. A full review on this restaurant will be coming soon!