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A taste of Christmas

A taste of Christmas

A taste of Christmas

It's the time of year to treat yourself! From indulgent meals out to winter villages, check out 13 of the city's festive food and drink offerings this season.

1. Festive afternoon tea at Mackintosh at the Willow

Detailed festive miniature cakes are laid out beside a festive garland and candy canes.

For 3-tiers of festive goodies head to Mackintosh at the Willow for perfectly crafted turkey and stuffing sandwiches and miniature cakes. Don't forget to exit via the gift store for Christmas present shopping! Visit mackintoshatthewillow.com to book.

2. Cranside Winter Village

An outdoor glass booth with cushions sits surrounded by Christmas trees and fairylights.

For winter snugs and cosy igloos, head to Cranside Winter Village. Enjoy food by popular restaurants, including Romanos, Halloumi and XI'AN. The Scandi-inspired village will have lots of festive foliage, lighting and seasonal drinks. Book at cransidekitchen.co.uk.

3. Brunch and Christmas movie at Iasg

Enjoy brunch at Iasg followed by a classic Christmas movie at Kimpton Blythswood Hotel's in-house cinema room. Tickets for the baubles and brunch event include a 2-course brunch, 2 glasses of fizz and a movie screening of either Elf or Home Alone, with popcorn and a soft drink. Visit iasgrestaurant.com to book (December 11 or 18).

4. After work drinks at Alston Bar and Beef

A Hendricks gin bottle is used as a candle holder with wax dripping down its sides. It sits in the middle of a dining table.

Looking for somewhere handy for a post work drink this season? Alston Bar and Beef is a stylish underground bar and restaurant at Glasgow Central Station. Choose from a massive cocktail and gin menu (around 100 varieties of gin) for a catch up with colleagues. Visit alstonglasgow.co.uk for details.

5. Relaxed dining at Platform

A relaxed and spacious dining experience, ideal for groups and families, Platform serves up street food at the weekends. The underground setting is decorated with lots of fairy lights giving a magical feel at this time of year. Find out more at platformgla.co.uk.

6. Family-friendly dinner at Paesano

A family of 2 adults and a child sit at a table in a restaurant. One of the adults is cutting a large pizza. There are fairy lights in the background.

Paesano on the ever-popular Miller Street is brilliant for families and friends looking for a casual but delicious dinner. Serving traditional Neapolitan pizza, they keep it simple by offering a limited number of variations on their menu. View the menu at paesanopizza.co.uk.

7. Mharsanta winter evenings

Mharsanta in the Merchant City is hosting a range of foodie and entertainment evenings to brighten up the winter. Their St Andrew's Night (November 30) event will include Scottish food and music. Then into 2023, they will host events exploring the city's shipbuilding heritage, an evening with Scotland’s National Chef Gary MacLean and more. Check out these events and more at mharsanta.co.uk.

8. New York-style at The Anchor Line

If you've always dreamed of Christmas in New York, then The Anchor Line is the place for you in Glasgow. The former headquarters of The Anchor Line shipping company is now a stunning bar and restaurant with New York-inspired style and menu. Afterwards, take in The Christmas Fair at George Square for a twirl on the ice rink to complete the fantasy. (Dec 1 - Jan 8). Visit The Anchor Line's website.

9. Glorious grub at Gōst

The premium steakhouse and cocktail bar in the city centre, Gōst, is perfect for a special seasonal meal out. As sister restaurant to Glaschu, Blackfriars and Duke's Umbrella, you know to expect indulgent yumminess from Gōst. Visit Visit gost.uk.

10. New to the scene - Bothwell House

Brand new to the city centre is Bothwell House. Billed as a modern dining destination and cocktail house, Bothwell House has multiple rooms, each as stylish as the next. Visit bothwellhouse.co.uk to view their Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-inspired menus.

11. Christmas goes rogue at The Loveable Rogue

Warm the cockles with an epic Sunday Roast at The Loveable Rogue. Their relaxed restaurant in the west end has proven so popular that they are opening a sister restaurant in the east end (November 22). Visit their Christmas goes rogue section on their website for details.

12. Sharing platters at Van Winkle

Ideal for get-togethers of big groups and work nights out, Van Winkle is offering an alternative to the traditional Christmas dinner with sharing platters. There are also buckets of beer and cocktails to choose from at both the west end and east end locations. Visit vanwinkle.co.uk.

13. Party in style at voco Grand Central

Looking for glitz and glamour? Then check out voco Grand Central Glasgow. The city centre hotel, that has hosted many stars over the decades, has a range of packages from Christmas lunch to work party nights to a Hogmanay ball. Visit grandcentral.vocohotels.com.

Article last updated: November 2022

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