Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Round of drinks … Glasgow’s biggest beer garden revealed for Finnieston’s Rotunda

By Ellen Thomson at

Plans for a giant beer garden with safe space for 200 drinkers have been revealed.

Owners of the Rotunda building in Finnieston say the venue would be Glasgow’s biggest beer garden.

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

Current parking and patios areas would be used as an outside space to offer meals and drinks.

Artist's impression of beer garden

Revealed: Cranside Kitchen. Credit: Lydia Bourhill.

Two ‘pergolas’ style marquees will cover customers.

Other features include new trees and greenery, industrial walls, bespoke picnic tables and outdoor furnishings.

Cranside Kitchen is proposed to open as soon as Scotland enters phase two of the route map out of lockdown.

That timetable is yet to be finalised by the Scottish Government, but the people behind Cranside Kitchen hope it 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 building’s bathroom facilities will be open for customers and safe toilet management will be maintained at all times.

Commissioned

Hygiene measures are also being prepared to make the venue safe for all customers.

Staff will wear face masks, gloves and a very strict two-metre distancing rule will be in place across the site.

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

Landscaper John Henderson has been commissioned alongside the team to design the site.

A planning application has been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

John said: “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.”

 

‘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

 

The venture is being spearheaded by the team behind 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.

Restaurateur Toni Carbajosa said: “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.

‘Safety measures’

“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.”

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.