Biggest beer garden in Glasgow set to open soon in Finnieston


Exciting news for foodies and drinkers in Glasgow! Just as we dream of lockdown easing into phase 2, 3 and beyond – owners of Glasgow’s iconic Rotunda building in Finnieston revealed plans for Glasgow’s ‘biggest beer garden’, which would come to live as soon as lockdown restrictions allow.

Cranside Kitchen shared the news with us at Glasgow Foodelicious:

Cranside Kitchen will be a new free-to-enter outdoor venue, open seven days a week with a food market and beer garden. 

Under the new plans, the areas currently used for parking and private patios, will be used as an outside space to offer meals, alcohol and other hot and cold beverages.

The centrepiece of the new Cranside Kitchen will be two ‘pergolas’ style marquees to cover customers, new trees and greenery, industrial walls, bespoke picnic tables and outdoor furnishings. The current Rotunda parking area would be altered into the outside venue, which would also be a serving space for food, while the proposed beer garden would be to the rear corner of the premises. The venue would have a capacity for over 200 guests. 

Cranside Kitchen is proposed to open as soon as Scotland enters phase two of the route map out of lockdown. Although details are yet to be finalised by the Scottish Government, it is hoped that Cranside Kitchen will open sometime this month. 

Strict social distancing guidelines will be in place, and there will be limits on numbers at any one time to avoid crowding. The Rotunda buildings bathroom facilities will be open for customers and safe toilet management will be maintained at all times. Hygiene measures are also being prepared to make the venue safe for all customers. Staff will be wearing facemasks, gloves and a very strict 2 metre distancing rule will be in place across the site. 

Free to enter beer garden with some brilliant restaurant choices

The free-to-enter venue will be open seven days a week with a food market offering menus from five of Glasgow’s most renowned restaurants – Rioja, Halloumi, Pickled Ginger, Kilmurry & Co and La Rotunda with a single drinks and desserts menu.

Dishes on the menu include some of the most loved dishes from across the 5 restaurants including Greek Pork Gyros, Stone Baked Parma Pizza, Sushi Platters and Spanish Grilled Octopus. A mouthwatering cocktail and drinks menu will feature classics including a Negroni, Margarita and Mojito as well as wine, beer and spirits. 

Landscaper John Henderson has been commissioned alongside the team to design the site that is hoped to help kick-start the restaurant economy in the city. Planning permission has been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

“The design proposals aim to create an attractive and usable outdoor restaurant and beer garden area. Cranside Kitchen is located just a hop, skip and a jump away from the River Clyde walks and cycle tracks and the area will continue to offer on site parking for customers.”

John Henderson, commissioned landscaper for Cranside Kitchen

The venture is being spearheaded by the team behind popular Glasgow restaurants Halloumi, Bibimbap, La Rotunda and Rioja. In opening Cranside Kitchen, business partners Kevin Campbell and Toni Carbajosa have saved jobs within their company and hope to offer a new outdoor dining experience in the city. 

“We believe that a beer garden will be a great addition for the iconic site. If the First Minister stands up on Thursday and makes the announcement we’ll be ready to go – hopefully within 24 hours. We’ve been working with the local authorities and with the licensing board and are adapting our operations in line with Government guidelines. Our teams are excited to get back to work and customers can be assured that all the necessary safety measures will be in place before we open the public.”

Restaurateur Toni Carbajosa.

Cranside Kitchen will operate on a first come, first serve basis – so no need for advance bookings. Open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm at 28 Tunnel St, Glasgow G3 8HL. 

We are very excited for these plans and we think the beer garden will be a fantastic addition to Glasgow and the already great Finnieston area. Stay tuned with Cranside Kitchen’s channels for all their latest updates:

ILLUSTRATION BY ARTIST LYDIA BOURHILL 

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