Luxury Scottish castle expansion includes new concept restaurant and cocktail bar - run by top TV chef

A new restaurant and cocktail bar will open this year in one of Scotland's luxury castle hotels.

Published 4th Apr 2024
Updated 4 th Apr 2024

Owners of Crossbasket Castle, a luxury hotel on the outskirts of Glasgow, have revealed more details of their £15 million expansion, including the name of its new destination restaurant – Trocadero’s.

Owners Steve and Alison Timoney, who describe Crossbasket Castle as a no-expense-spared passion project, said Trocadero’s will bring a unique offering to Scotland, with live music and entertainment every night of the week.

Due to open in August, the restaurant promises to transport guests to the dawn of a new golden era with its exciting, glamourous, and captivating setting where top established and emerging artists and musicians from across Scotland and further afield will provide nightly entertainment.

Steve Timoney said: “We took inspiration from Glasgow’s legendary live music scene and the enthusiasm and energy of its audiences.

"Scotland has a long history of excellent live music and talented performers, and we want to showcase that to allow our guests to kick up their heels and have fun whilst enjoying exceptional food in a sensational venue.

"Every city offers great quality restaurants but what we’re creating at Trocadero’s is truly unique.”

Crossbasket Castle Trocadero's

Trocadero’s is a nod to the celebrated 1950s dance hall in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, of the same name. This brings an opportunity to transport guests of the “new” Trocadero’s to a magical bygone era with a sophisticated new twist.

Alison Timoney said: “We want Trocadero’s to be somewhere our guests experience the finer things, where they can truly indulge and get lost in the nostalgia of a golden era.

"We have worked hard to develop this unique concept, which complements the luxury and romance of the beautiful surroundings whilst bringing a vibrant and tantalising new experience.”

Acclaimed Michelin star chef Michel Roux Jr will oversee the restaurant and cocktail bar.

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Speaking on his appointment, Michel Roux Jr said: “Trocadero’s is going to be the talk of the town and the most iconic venue in Scotland.

"Fabulous, delicious food, great entertainment, and somewhere people will want to keep coming back to time and time again.”

Managed by Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI), Crossbasket Castle has a long-lasting relationship with Michel Roux Jr, a former judge on Masterchef the Professionals, where he has been overseeing the five-star kitchen at the original Crossbasket Castle hotel since 2016.

The new 40-bedroom hotel and restaurant, which will also include a luxury spa with its own designed Scottish based product line, is on schedule to open later in the year.

For more information, visit the Crossbasket Castle website.

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Crossbasket Castle, Stoneymeadow Road, East Kilbride, Glasgow, UK
Crossbasket Castle, Stoneymeadow Road, East Kilbride, Glasgow, UK, G72 9UE
Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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