It's been a good month for restaurant launches in Scotland it seems, as just a week after attending the relaunch of the West Port in Linlithgow I was on the train through to Glasgow with some of my fave blogging pals for a launch party at The Hope. The Hope is a new bar/restaurant which has opened up just a few steps from Central Station. Maclay Inns have spent £500,000 on refurbishing the old Grahamston Bar on Waterloo St and the result is a quirky design full of cute little touches like huge jellyfish like lampshades and a kitsch painted ceiling.
The launch event was packed with bloggers, journalists and locals all excited to try out the new menu and sample some of the specialists beers and wines. We were served sharing platters to start followed by minis from the main menu like pulled pork and grilled apple, teriyaki chicken, beef burgers and battered onion rings, and the yummiest potato skin wedges. The food was washed down by a range of different drinks (mixing alcohol on a school night...tut tut) like G&T's, prosecco, red wine, kir royale, and sam adams.
We were starting to feel a bit stuffed by this point, but never one to turn down a dessert we were pretty excited to see the dessert platters being passed around with chocolate fudge cake, profiteroles and ice cream. Once ours arrived at our table I think it was devoured in about 2 minutes....the fudge cake in particular was amazing.
Given its location The Hope is the ideal place to stop for a post-work drink or a bite to eat, and if you've stuffed yourself with a three course meal then you're within rolling distance of the train home. I'd go back for that fudge cake alone! The prices are also really decent too, with them having a 2 courses for £8.95 offer on Monday-Friday 12-7pm.
Copyright for images 1, 2 and 3 goes to The Hope website & Facebook page.