Glasgow is literally jam packed with award winning places to eat, from a Michelin star, being listed in The Sunday Times Best 100 restaurants to TripAdvisor’s most highly rated pizza restaurant in the UK, you can easily spend your entire time in the city eating in top class restaurants. So here is a taster of just some of award winning restaurants Glasgow has to offer you.
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One of the latest additions to the hipster neighbourhood of Finnieston, is the cool and casual Middle Eastern restaurant Alchemilla. With the kitchen headed up by a former London Ottolenghi chef, Rosie Healey, it’s no surprise that this restaurant featured in The Sunday Times’ ‘Britain’s Best 100 Restaurants’ in 2017.
Quirky, cool with fantastic food and a fabulous vibe this is a top restaurant to visit with friends, as it’s all about sharing deliciously small plates with a buzz and a reputation that is anything but!
Awarded AA Scottish Restaurant of the Year in 2015 two years after it opened, The Gannet has quickly become a must-visit for foodies and has unquestionably added to the culinary kudos of West End neighbourhood Finnieston. Chefs Peter McKenna and Ivan Stein create a compact menu of both the hearty and delicate, all inspired by Scottish ingredients from venison to Scotch duck egg. Set in a listed tenement building, the restaurant is cosy but contemporary and their salted caramel fondant is worth travelling many miles for.
Meaning ‘eat well’ in Gaelic, Cail Bruich in the city’s West End has established itself as a top Scottish dining experience, leading to it being listed as one of ‘Britain’s 100 Best Restaurants’ in the Sunday Times in 2017. A family concern, run by the Charalambous brothers Chris and Paul, Cail Bruich’s menu boasts an innovative use of the Scottish larder, with many ingredients hand-foraged from the local area. Each season brings exciting new ideas, meaning the wow factor is guaranteed at any time of the year.
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Snuggled in the city’s West End, and known as ‘The Chip’s little sister’ (The Ubiquitous Chip) this restaurant, café and bar won a Michelin Bib Gourmand every year straight from 2012-2016. Often described as “fine dining without the white linen” this cosy restaurant is a place where you can truly indulge in award winning Scottish cuisine. Renowned for their local ingredients, much of which is grow by themselves on their small farm just outside Glasgow, Stravaigin is a place where you can enjoy local produce with a global twist in a completely rustic atmosphere. And on top of all that they also serve some of the best whisky, gin and craft beer in town.
Winner of yet another Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2018 award winner is the Finnieston neighbourhood’s, Ox and Finch. This contemporary sharing dining experience is one of the hottest places is town. Run by the former chef of the McLaren Formula 1 team, Jonathan McDonald, there’s no surprise that this trendy and eclectic eatery is a favourite amongst visitors and locals alike. With a well-deserved buzz around it this is a must-book restaurant if you plan to visit during your time in the city, especially if you don’t want to miss out.
Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond (Cameron House Hotel)
Just 30 minutes from Glasgow, within Cameron House Hotel on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, is where you will find this Michelin Star restaurant run by the great British chef Martin Wishart. As it would imply with its Michelin rating, this is a showstopper of a dining experience where you can enjoy Scottish food in a European style served to you by very knowledgeable and friendly staff, which makes your time here truly top notch. With tasting menus and great value lunches on offer, a visit to Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond doesn’t have to be just for a special occasion.
Award winning pizza is the dish of the day at Paesano, relatively new to the city centre (Miller Street to be exact), this retro pizza joint is the place to go with your friends to enjoy TripAdvisor’s most highly rated Pizza restaurant in the UK 2017. They were the first place in the Glasgow to bring the traditional, authentic Naploetana pizza from Naples to the city. With a quirky, laid back vibe, constantly changing specials, great range of Italian beers as well as amazing value for money, it’s no wonder that this place carries such an accolade. So for an authentic retro slice of Italian pizza in Glasgow, drop in to Paesano.
With Glasgow having won the coveted ‘Curry Capital of Britain’ award four times in recent years, you can’t make a visit to the city and not seek out a curry. And what better place than Koolba, nestled in the cool quarter of the Merchant City, they officially became the ‘Best Curry Restaurant in Britain’ in 2015. Serving up an interesting mixture of Persian and Asian cuisine, this cosy curry house is famous for their high quality ingredients and service. A firm favourite with locals the highlight on the menu at Koolba is often noted to be their Persian Kebabs.
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Also situated in the Merchant city is the award winning vegan café, bar and live music venue called Mono. Having won the ‘UK's Best Vegetarian Restaurant’ award at VegfestUK multiple times this venue is not solely about award winning vegan food but it’s a great venue where visitors can also enjoy the city’s epic music scene. Owned by Craig Tannock, a vegan champion and most notably a key player in the 90s music scene in Glasgow, alongside his other vegetarian and vegan venues Stereo and The 78, Tannock brings together the fusion of fabulous vegan food and the city’s music scene - a delightful combination.
Under the same roof as Mono is Monorail Music, a gem of a record shop run by Stephen Pastel aka Stephen McRobbie from 80s+90s “indie band” The Pastels. The band were a key act of the UK independent music scene of the 1980s and also had the infamous Kirk Cobain as a fan.