Opulent surroundings and the best cocktail I’ve ever tasted are two things I don’t usually expect when I make the trip to Glasgow to catch up with the friends and family from home. But that’s what I got at Hutchesons, along with a delicious brunch, a seemingly limitless supply of champagne and bingo. Cham-ingo, actually, but more on that later.
Opening its doors in 2014 and seeing further refurbishment this summer, Hutchesons City Grill has become one of the city’s most stylish restaurants. The nineteenth-century former hospital building boasts an impressive double-height dining room as well as a snug ground floor speakeasy-style bar.
The kitchen serves Scottish steaks and seafood that have become a huge culinary draw in the city owing to the owners’ dedication to providing the best beef the country has to offer concocted in both traditonal and inventive ways. However, as any real Scot knows, the bar is where the real impressions are made and the cocktails on offer here are second to none. From a killer margarita to a suprising (and created completely off-the-cuff) cucumber and saki martini – the aforementioned best cocktail I have ever had – I was left in no doubt of this place’s ability to deliver.
The relaxed atmosphere is welcoming, cosy and shuns the stuffiness that often is associated with grand-looking venues. The inventive but familiar menu, considered wine list and charming service fits that bill. It’s the kind of place you want to dress up for but not because you’re required to. So I did, on a sunny Sunday to experience the now famous Summer Series – a brunch party on each last Sunday of the summer months in association with Veuve Clicquot champagne – that is set to shake up the Ingram Street venue for the final event of 2017 on August 27.
The theme was the Summer of Love with the flower power in full force, and this coming event celebrates all things that were “acceptable in the 80s” – Miami Vice suits and knotted sweaters optional. The dining room filled with the striking orange and pink of Veuve Clicquot balloons (and more) makes the party atmosphere instant before a three-course menu is served with your champagne of choice.
The fun starts with music and games that allow you the chance to get even more merry (all prizes contain alcohol). This isn’t your usual brunch, and the upscale surroundings and raucous fun remove any risk of things taking a turn for tacky – even when the brunch is over and the bingo cards come out for a round of Veuve-fuelled bingo. Cham-ingo. There are prizes there too. Hic.
It’s something you won’t forget for a long time, and certainly something that stands out as a not-to-be-missed event in the city. And if that doesn’t suit your diary or you’re too late in securing your ticket before it sells out, Hutchesons should still be on everyone’s list of where to eat and/or drink next.
Find out more about Hutchesons City Grill and book your Summer Series ticket here.
Hutchesons City Grill, 158 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1EJ. hutchesonsglasgow.com
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