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Gateway for foodies set for Maryhill locks

Top restauranteur believes launch of The Botany will spark a flood of openings in North Glasgow

Alan Tomkins, one of Glasgow’s leading hospitality entrepreneurs, has chosen Maryhill as the location for his latest venture, The Botany.

The man behind a whole host of the city’s best-loved institutions, including Urban Bar & Brasserie, Vroni’s Wine Bar and Blue Dog, will open the Maryhill Road venue on Wednesday 12 September, alongside business partner Calum Lawson, who’ll be the owner on site.

The new bar and restaurant born from its previous incarnation, The Strathmore, which opened in 1877, will cater to Glaswegians on the hunt for the very best food and drink in a beautiful glasshouse setting, free from the pretence of fine dining.

The name pays homage to the tale of prisoners starting their journey to Botany Bay on the nearby Forth and Clyde Canal. 

Alan, a former board director of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, believes this move could encourage more bars and restaurants to think outside the box and break free from the shackles of the West End.  

He said: “This is a very exciting time for Glasgow. Having worked in hospitality for as long as I can remember, I’ve seen the city change and develop its attitudes towards food and drink. Options used to be very limited. Now, Glasgow’s a haven for foodies.

“The transformation of Finnieston came because of a few anchor venues offering spectacular food and drink. Calum and I both believe we can lead a similar sea-change in Maryhill and North Kelvinside. Our aim is to not only to maintain a local institution, but to attract customers from the West End, Bearsden and Milngavie. The delicious food, seasonal cocktails and fantastic atmosphere will add a lot to what’s already an up and coming area.”

The menu’s inspired by cuisines across the globe, while the look and feel of The Botany, which is just a stone’s throw from the Maryhill locks, elicits comparison to restaurants on the canals of Amsterdam.

Chef John Paul Lappin’s CV is a feast for the eyes with experience in some of Glasgow’s top restaurants, including Gamba and Urban Bar & Brasserie.

The menu will deliver comfort food at a high level using locally-sourced ingredients. Highlights include a venison loin smoked in-house and a Sri-Lankan-style monkfish curry. There will also be brunch specials served on Sundays, a multitude of botanical cocktails, extensive wine list, rotating bottle selection, quality gins and whisky. 

After months of redesign to the restaurant, glasshouse conservatory, outdoor terrace, menu and interiors, and £200,00 of investment, doors will open to The Botany on Wednesday 12 September at 7.30pm.

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