Last night I attended Maclay Groups latest launch for the Hope with my sister Saturday Night Girl. Their first city centre venue situated on Waterloo Street this is the perfect location, a stones throw away from Glasgow Central station. Previously the Grahamston Bar, Maclays transformed the establishment with a £500,000 refurbishment revealed and restored some of the original features. The new design was created by Dominic Paul of IBDP and features big windows, open plan flow and a beautifully restored mahogany and copper bar.
Providing 20 new jobs this is a big welcome to the city centre. The Hope is warm and stylish and has a real chilled vibe, perfect for brunch on a Sunday or a nice relaxing drink on a Friday night. Offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks and opened from 8am till midnight there is something here for everyone, and all with free wifi, daily newspapers and breakfast tv this would be the perfect way to start your day before a long day in the office, I'm just jealous that I don't work in the city centre!
Chef Alex Bullock has created a fab menu of dishes such as; Slow cooked pulled pork with BBQ sauce that we tried last last, was amazing, melt in your mouth perfection, teriyaki chicken breast with wilted greens and coriander rice and a range of sharing platters, perfect with a weekend drink or two. They also offer great price dine out menu's such as two courses for £8.95 is amazing value, especially for the city centre. Last night we were entertained in the raised restaurant level which is also available for private and corporate functions for up to 75 guests.
All in all I really enjoyed the Hope and would recommend to friends and family, think it's just what the city centre has been missing and with plans to up it's 28 strong portfolio with some more acquisition's around the central belt, think Maclays are on the right path to pub domination!
So if you are in the city centre, be sure to check out the Hope! The cheesecake is calling me back...mmmm
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