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Glasgow's Stravaigin restaurant to close for a month for refurbishment

Glasgow's Stravaigin bar and restaurant is set to close for a refurbishment by new owners, Metropolitan Pub Company.

Published: January 27, 2023

The Stravaigin has been a much-loved cornerstone of Glasgow’s West End since 1994, but now it's set to close for an extended period for a refurbishment.

For almost 30 years, Stravaigin has stayed true to its ethos of imaginative worldly food dishes using best of Scottish produce, along with a lively bar that has an ever-evolving wine list, craft ales and cocktails.

Now, the perennially popular Gibson Street establishment is about to embark on the next stage of its evolution with an exciting spring refurbishment.

Stravaigin refurbishment closure

Scheduled to take place next month, the refurbishment will see Stravaigin close on Monday 30 January and officially reopen to the public on Friday 24 February.

In 2021 the downstairs bar and restaurant underwent a refurbishment and opened as The Cellar events space.


Speaking ahead of the refurbishment, Michael Horan, Managing Director of Metropolitan Pub Company, who acquired Stravaigin in 2022 along with Ubiquitous Chip and Hanoi Bike Shop, said: “Stravaigin is a Glasgow institution and held in great affection by its patrons.

"I know this first hand from many years living in the West End with my Glaswegian wife when we both regularly enjoyed visits with family and friends.

"The passion, talent and creativity within the team – led by Head Chef Jambo, General Manager Olivia, and Marquis who has helped to run Stravaigin for 19 years - is evident.

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"I have had the pleasure of many memorable meals in Stravaigin, along with enjoying the unique convivial charm of the bar.

“A key part of our commitment when we bought Stravaigin was to invest in the touchpoints which will enhance its appeal, and strengthen the special place it holds at the heart of the community, whilst ensuring its independent spirit remains.

"This autonomy and strong local connection, along with continuing to offer patrons delicious and memorable food and drink experiences, are the greatest strengths of Stravaigin, and there are no plans to change this.

“We are excited to start working on the refurbishment. It will very much be an evolution of Stravaigin not a revolution but we are confident our patrons will approve, and whilst it is not possible to do the work without closing for a few weeks, we are looking forward to opening the doors again to everyone on Friday the 24th of February.”

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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 as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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