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First look inside Glasgow's newest restaurant

Open today, Leiper's Attic in Cottiers is the latest addition to Glasgow's west end dining scene

Published: September 14, 2017
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We exclusively revealed last month that the restaurant at Cottiers was set to undergo a re-brand and open as Leiper's Attic.

Well today is that day, so we took a look inside and found out what diners can expect in the west end's newest eatery.

The Restaurant

Cottiers

Picture: Cottiers Facebook

The restaurant is named after William Leiper (1839-1916), who was one of Glasgow’s most distinctive architects.

The current Cottiers building, formerly Dowanhill Church, made his reputation (he was just 26 when he won the commission). “Leiper’s Attic” used to contain the Session House.

The Session was like a court and transgressors would climb the turret stair to be interrogated on their behavior at risk of being suspended from the “privileges of the church”.

Situated upstairs within Cottiers, Leiper's Attic retains the same slightly Medieval feel of the bar downstairs.

Leiper's Attic restaurant

Picture: Leiper's Attic

With warming tones, pew style seating, a metallic ceiling, plenty of candles and fairy-lights it's easy to imagine spending a cosy evening here with good friends and even better food.

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The Menu

Leiper's Attic celebrates seasonal Scottish produce with a focus on their own dry aged beef, wild fish and game.

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Dishes include: Pheasant, breast and leg, shallot, charred leeks, broccoli and Arran mustard; Hand dived scallops, lemon, whisky, baby capers and sea herbs; Pigeon breast, puy lentils, red cabbage, smoked bacon and blackberries and a dark chocolate ganache, blackberry purée and sorbet with toasted hazelnut tuille.

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The restaurant prides itself on its dry aged beef, which can be seen in fridges in the dining room.

A great photo opportunity, or a way to find out more about what might end up on your plate (the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable), the meat definitely makes for a talking point...but may not appeal to vegans!

The Drinks

The drinks selection is a substantial but not OTT mix of classic cocktails, aperitifs and bubbles, to a good range of wines.

Whisky lovers should check out the restaurant's own labelled Speyside ‘Leiper’s Attic’ whisky

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For more info on Leiper's Attic and to book, please visit the restaurant's newly launched website.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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