Welcome to Glasgow’s Best Restaurants!
Glasgow is viewed as a trend-setter in European Culture welcoming 2.3 million visitors each year. Consistently named by travel guides as a must-visit destination - the city is full of style and energy.
Glasgow has the best dining scene in the UK outside of London and has the metropolitan feel of a major international city, whilst still retaining the village community where local businesses know each other - very much acknowledging the city strapline that ‘People Make Glasgow’.
The restaurateurs in our city all understand that local spirit is a vital factor in presenting a town that is ‘together’. Sharing experiences and knowledge is a culture in Glasgow, which allows us to progress at a pace which many spectators observe with envy.
It was this spirit of co-operation and progressive thinking which led to the formation of Glasgow Restaurant Association, a not for profit organisation, which has grown over several years from a small number of restaurants to almost 90 of the best Glasgow restaurants. The Association has uniquely allowed a group of widely diverse professionals to exchange ideas with one common aim - to promote the excellence of the Glasgow restaurant landscape on a local, national and international level.
Member Benefits 2017
PROMOTE your restaurant to annual event audiences (e.g. Celtic Connections, Merchant City Festival, Glasgow Loves Christmas)
PROMOTE your restaurant to one-off event audiences (e.g. World Badminton Championships 2017, 2018 European Sports Championship, Euro 2020)
PROMOTE your restaurant to conference delegates through the Glasgow Life Delegate Map and online delegate offers.
OPPORTUNITY to connect with other food and drink product in the city (e.g. food tours, whisky tours, craft beer tours, collaboration with other food and drink businesses)
OPPORTUNITY to be involved in food and drink events in the city (e.g. Merchant City Festival, BBC Good Food Show, Good Food Glasgow, Glasgow Restaurant Festival)
PROMOTE new menus, events and promotions through Glasgow Restaurant Association online channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website and newsletter (almost 10,000 and growing daily)
PROMOTE your restaurant via a listing on the Glasgow Dinearound website (glasgowdinearound.com) which receives 55,000 visits from 46,000 people every year plus the opportunity to take part in Dine Around events
AUTOMATIC membership to Scottish Tourism Alliance - benefits listed here: http://scottishtourismalliance.co.uk/page/why-join-the-sta/
COMMUNITY you become part of a community having a voice and shaping the future of the Glasgow hospitality scene
EVENT opportunities including access to large corporate bookings and dinner party opportunities.
PROMOTION to consumers through People Make Glasgow digital channels
OPPORTUNITY to participate in travel trade activity, promoting your business to international visitors
ACCESS to a suite of PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW city brand assets.
ACCESS to business development resources, research, data and insights on glasgowcitymarketing.com
KNOW about industry and city developments first.
DIRECT referrals in response to Glasgow Life client hospitality enquiries.
RES DIARY promotional and event opportunities reaching out to a massive database for Glasgow Best Restaurant members
#MACKFEST IS COMING SOON!
A PROGRAMME OF OVER 40 EVENTS CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH IS LAUNCHED FOR NEXT MONTH’S MACKINTOSH FESTIVAL
The programme for the sixth Mackintosh Festival has been launched and includes over 40 events, many of which are free, celebrating the life of architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in and around Glasgow Mackintosh venues across the city and beyond.
The festival, which is organised by Glasgow Mackintosh, takes place every October and attracts over 100k visitors to our city each year.
2017’s festival is warming up the city ahead of the year-long celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth with a new exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, opening in March 2018, and the opening of Mackintosh at The Willow in Sauchiehall Street on 7th June 2018 - CRM’s 150th birthday.
Following on from last year’s very successful The Big Rose, Elisabeth Vigiue Culshaw is back with her stencils to create The Big Banner – a recreation of a banner designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Kate Cranston’s Willow Tea Rooms in 1904. Elisabeth is working at various Glasgow Mackintosh venues across the month, and invites the public along to free and paid-for workshops to help her recreate the banner which will hang in The Lighthouse throughout the festival.
Glasgow Mackintosh is working with festival partners: Glasgow Women’s Library who will host their Glasgow Girls of Garnethill walk; Glasgow Restaurant Association who are running ‘The Big Mack Dinearound’ in some of the city’s best restaurants; St Enoch Centre will host an exhibition of art work by secondary school pupils, part of an annual Glasgow Mackintosh art competition called ‘Mackintosh the Innovator’ and the annual photography competition with Glasgow Doors Open Day Festival which will see the winning photos on display online throughout the festival.
Commenting on the festival programme, Garry Sanderson, Treasurer of Glasgow Mackintosh, commented: “This year’s festival is going to be a nice warm up for the city ahead of next year’s celebration of Mackintosh’s birth. The festival is now in its sixth year and we have a fantastic programme of over 40 events lined up over the course of the month in Glasgow Mackintosh and partner venues. Many of our events are free and we have something for all ages – including workshops, talks, tours, exhibitions and much more. We look forward to welcoming you to the sixth Mackintosh Festival.”
For full information: www.glasgowmackintosh.com/festival
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Reach over 15,000 unique visitors to the city!
World Irish Dancing Championships 2018
When? 23rd March - 4th April 2018
The World Irish Dance Championships is the largest Irish dance event with over 4,000 participants from across the globe travelling to compete each year, it is expected there will be close to 15,000 unique visitors (including family and spectators) over the course of the event.
We want to be able to offer a set menu starting from £15.95 for 2 courses to participants and family. Let us know if you wish to be involved!
Women in Tourism Networking Event
Join the Women in Tourism community for drinks and relaxed networking in the lovely surroundings of the centrally located Hilton Doubletree Glasgow Hotel, and listen to a fantastic panel of industry speakers including:
Amanda McMillan OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Glasgow International Airport
Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions, Glasgow Convention Bureau
Make a positive contribution towards Scottish food and drink!
This year’s celebration will take place from Saturday 2nd September to Sunday 17th September 2017. Tying in with the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is profiling daily food themes and we are simply asking you to select just one thing that you can do this year which will make a positive contribution towards the Scottish food and drink.
Share your #onethingfortnight experiences, activities and photos with us on social media, or via email, or with the media, so that we can all celebrate Scottish food and drink together. Email email@example.com and join the conversation on Twitter by following @scotfoodfort and using #onethingfortnight
Glasgow Life have developed a new online portal on The Herald website
They update articles every week, so if your restaurant has any relevant news, new restaurants, menus, offers, themes - send them over to Elaine.firstname.lastname@example.org
They are also looking for recipes, interview with a chef, a piece on use of seasonal produce etc – any ideas on food/eating out that you have, contact Elaine direct.