Experience Glasgow's food and drink in a different way - check out some of the fantastic foodie experiences you can enjoy while you're here in Glasgow.
What connects Robert Burns to a milkshake on Duke Street? Find out on the Glasgow Walking Lunch with food and travel writer Andrea Pearson as she takes you on a guided tasting tour that takes in food and drink from some of the best independent eateries in Glasgow. Get a taste of Glasgow’s folk music scene with a walking tour, hearty two course meal and live folk music session on the Scottish Trad Trail, run by Scottish restaurant Mharsanta and Glasgow Music City Tours. Hear the story of the city through beer on a Glasgow Beer Tour (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018). The walking tour takes in two unique beer venues, with samples included, and tells fascinating stories, such as how Glasgow became the largest exporter of bottled beer in the world.
Glasgow is a perfect city to visit if you're a lover of whisky, distilleries, and breweries - the city even has a "Brewery Triangle" that takes both established and newer brands on the scene. Here's a look at what you can expect:
The world famous Tennent's is brewed in the East of the city, very close to the city centre. Visit Wellpark Brewery and experience their brand new immersive visitor centre, before setting off on a tour to take in 450 years of brewing tradition. The tour provides fascinating insight into the development and local love for the Tennent's brand over the years. And, of course, you'll receive a nice refreshing pint of Tennent's at the end too!
As the first experiential brewery in Scotland, there's plenty to discover on a tour of Drygate. Take a look inside the inner workings of the brewery and get a taste of Drygate's core range with experts on hand to guide you. There's also lots of other events on in the brewery too, from live comedy to a market full of local traders. And you can take a stroll to the nearby Necropolis and Glasgow Cathedral for some beautiful scenery and history.
Based in the famous Templeton Building on Glasgow Green, WEST Brewery has established itself as one of the city's great pubs and most recently won Scotland's Pub of the Year at the Pub & Bar Awards in 2016! Tours of the brewery take place at the weekend and cover the obligatory tasting session too. All of their beers are brewed strictly in accordance with the 1516 Reinheitsgebot, the ancient German Purity Law.
Whisky is Scotland’s national drink and is renowned and celebrated globally. So there really is nowhere better to learn more about how whisky is distilled and sample a dram than when you are visiting Scotland.
Located at Queen's Dock, The Clydeside Distillery, which has a five star rating from VisitScotland, uses traditional techniques for making the new Clydeside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Take a tour and immerse yourself in the Dockside Story with fascinating tales and animations and watch the craftsmen at work in the Still House overlooking the River Clyde. End with a selection of exquisite drams from across Scotland in the Tasting Room, which can be paired with exquisite artisan chocolate if taking the Whisky and Chocolate Tour.
Located at the edge of Glasgow at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills, Auchentoshan, a Lowland distillery produces one of Scotland’s most unique single malts thanks to their triple distillation production process. While just 40 minutes from Glasgow, Glengoyne Distillery is not just great for whisky lovers, but it's a feast for the eyes too, being situated in a beautiful area. The scenery fits in perfectly with the distillery's ethos of distilling the whisky much more slowly than normal to create that special taste. Get yourself on a distillery tour and don't miss the whisky and chocolate matching too for an extra treat for your taste buds.
Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1903, Miss Cranston’s original Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street has undergone restoration. Visitors can now enjoy the new exhibition, visitor centre, tea room and gift shop. With a 200 seat restaurant and a variety of beautiful spaces each with their own character and unique design, you can enjoy filling breakfasts, delicious light lunches, and tempting afternoon teas in the Saloons, the Gallery, the Billiard Room and the famous Salon de Luxe.
Hop aboard the Red Bus Bistro’s vintage Routemaster bus for a truly unique dining experience. They offer afternoon tea, gin experiences, gourmet burgers and more, all whilst touring around the best sights Glasgow has to offer. The tours last aproximately 90 minutes and run between Wednesday and Sunday all year round.
If you enjoy being ahead of the curve, discover the future stars of the city and country’s culinary scene at one of the new and ever popular indoor street food markets. And it won’t just be your taste buds that are tantalised, as a side entertainment is the order of the day at these markets.
Scotland’s biggest indoor, fully licensed, street food market takes place the last weekend of every month. The multi-award winning market brings together an array of quaint looking trucks serving up everything from woodfired pizza to prosecco, from churros to Czech food. With live music, games and balloon making for the kids.
Billed as a new way of eating, Dockyard Social (winner of the Best Street Food Award at the Scotsman Food and Drink Awards 2018) is a street food market with the community at its heart. Based in an industrial warehouse in the Finnieston neighbourhood, carefully selected food vendors join specialist bars every two weeks, alongside live bands and DJs.
Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Platform at Argyle St Arches brings together independent traders who pride themselves on serving local and ethical fare. Based within the refurbished former arts venue, The Arches – the spectacular venue provides a great alternative city centre dining experience for foodies and families.