Maclay opens first venue in Glasgow’s city centre

The Hope Glasgow Maclay InnsBar and restaurant operator Maclay Inns has launched its first venue in Glasgow’s city centre after a £500,000 refurbishment.

It has opened The Hope in the former site of Grahamston Bar in Waterloo Street, adding a stylish interior while stripping back to some of the stunning original features.

Maclay has other sites scattered around Glasgow from the West End to Muirend and Townhead but it did not have a location in the heart of the city centre.

Steve Mallon, managing director of Maclay Inns, said: “This is an exciting time for Maclay as we launch our first city centre bar and restaurant in this fantastic location.

“We have created 20 new jobs in the city and are planning to recruit more staff in the lead-up to the festive season when we expect to be busy with corporate Christmas lunches and party nights for companies looking to take advantage of our great bar and convenient location.”

Maclay operates 28 bars, pubs and restaurants across central Scotland from Oban, Paisley and Perth to Edinburgh and Dundee. It bought the former Grahamston Bar, named after Glasgow’s forgotten underground city, in May.

The Hope’s new look is warm and welcoming, offering a stylish venue for eating, drinking and hosting events in the financial district, close to Glasgow Central station.

The new design, created by Dominic Paul of IBDP, included installing new feature windows to add more light to the bar, knocking down walls to extend the raised restaurant area and restoring its beautiful mahogany and copper bar.

The look is modern and contemporary with stylish mirrored tiling adding to the beauty of the original bar while Glasgow tenement-style floor tiles have been used as a feature in front of the bar, highlighting a large zinc drinking table incorporating the bar’s original marble pillars.

Interesting modern design pieces such as oversized hanging felt lampshades and quirky pieces of Glasgow art have been added to create focal points in the restaurant, complementing the grand Sistine Chapel-inspired frieze on the ceiling and the feature Art Deco cupola.

Lynn Lovelock, marketing manager at Maclay, said: “When we took over, the venue had been closed for months and was dark, dated and in need of some love and attention. We could see it had great potential and we are delighted with the new look and confident that our customers will be too.

“In addition to our lunch and dinner menus, we also have a great breakfast menu to sit in or take away as well as offering free wifi, daily newspapers and breakfast TV for people looking to relax before heading into the office.”

With a newly installed open kitchen, chef Alex Bullock has devised a fresh and contemporary menu including dishes such as slow-cooked pulled pork with barbecue sauce, hand-cut potato skins and apple fritters, and teriyaki chicken breast with wilted greens and fresh coriander rice.

There is a range of sharing platters such as the mixed seafood platter with crayfish, smoked salmon, mussels, hot smoked mackerel, tartare, lime mayo, capers and wholemeal bread.

The Hope offers a special-value “Dine Out” menu, available from midday to 7pm from Monday to Friday, offering one course for £6.95, two courses for £8.95 or three courses for £10.95.

The new bar is well stocked with a broad selection of wines and champagnes as well as craft beers and premium spirits.

The Hope is open every day from 8am to midnight. The raised restaurant level is available for private and corporate functions and drinks receptions for up to 75 guests.

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