The Launch of Hutchesons
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Glasgow gains an exceptional new dining venue as A-listed Hutchesons’ Hall officially opens its doors to the public as Hutchesons (Thursday, 12th June 2014).
The £1.4 million pound venue, on the corner of Ingram Street and John Street is the second venue for independent restaurateur and vice chairman of the Glasgow Restaurant Association (GRA) James Rusk – owner of successful West End steakhouse The Butchershop Bar & Grill.
Set over three beautifully restored floors and boasting a Grand Hall brasserie, an exclusive private dining room, and a classic café bar at street level, Hutchesons will serve the best of Scottish food and drink, set in the classic splendour of Glasgow’s architectural history.
Built in the early 1800s, and designed by one of the great Glasgow architects, David Hamilton, and now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, the concept of Hutchesons has been brought to life by owner James Rusk who has invested two years to transform this empty space into a unique standalone dining destination, finally bringing a purpose to the building which has previously lain empty, working in partnership with the conservation charity.
With striking original features throughout, every detail of the iconic structure has been designed for the public to experience the buildings history and grandeur in a convivial environment whilst preserving its existing fabric and features.
Restaurateur and vice chairman of the Glasgow Restaurant Association James Rusk says:
“When we started this project two years ago, our aim was to create an incredible backdrop for generations to enjoy Hutchesons culture and heritage in a relaxed social setting. Opportunities like this are really rare and it’s a great privilege to be opening the doors to Glasgow after this massive sympathetic transformation, creating a place where Glaswegians can be proud of, in this amazing city.
“With this new lease of life, we’re preserving an institution and hope that Hutchesons will complement the already vibrant Glasgow restaurant and bar scene.”
Restoration was commissioned by a specialised conservation team from the National Trust for Scotland to restore the charming features from the 1876 remodelling by John Baird II including the decorative wood panelling, mosaic floors, frieze with dancing-detailed cherubs and intricate cornicing in the café bar, through to the two majestic fireplaces, ornate wall banners, and ornamental ceilings in the Grand Hall.
Heralding Scotch steak and seafood, Hutchesons kitchen brigade will offer the highest quality food and drink. Through an exclusive partnership with champagne house Bollinger, the venue will also be the first in Glasgow to offer Bollinger by the glass alongside a wide selection of cocktails, exclusive wines and craft beers.
Transition Interiors carried out carpentry, shop fitting, and kitchen design construction. Working closely with James and Louise Rusk, Transition Interiors has fashioned their vision, bringing to life their design concept and feeling to create a dining space for customers that is lavish, accessible, relaxed and comfortable whilst protecting an important part of Glasgow’s heritage.
Speaking about interior design, Kelvin Murray, manufacturing director and designer of Transition Interiors says:
“Every detail of Hutchesons design and build reflects James and Louise Rusk’ vision for the building. We’ve had the pleasure of bringing this to life. Working with them has been a thoroughly personal experience as both of them have a great sense of style and period detail.
“My role in this project was to design and transform what they visually aspired for the building and turn that into reality. The hardest challenge for myself was ensuring the large bespoke pieces would not overpower the existing period features but also, being a restaurant, they would have to play a large part in creating the atmosphere and ambience for the diners. Whatever I put in the building would have to be period and have a timeless quality.”
Inspiration for the café bar was drawn from the grand cafes of Europe, with green leather-backed booths and dark high-backed chairs complementing the original paint colours of Hutchesons’ Hall. One of the most striking bespoke features as you enter is a hand-crafted 18 foot by 14 foot brass gantry and solid mahogany bar with an Arebascato marble top, finished with antique glass, complementing the dark brown and white marble floor and original mosaic floors.
In the Grand Hall brasserie, décor pays homage to the building. The ceiling takes centre stage with three large chandeliers lighting up the original ceiling roses, ornamental cornicing and detailed ceiling artistry. Floor to ceiling elaborate stain glass windows provide the 90 cover brasserie to bask in natural light, while a hand crafted decorative pewter 18 foot by 13 foot bar with lighted panels adorns the east-facing back wall and showcases the venues varied wine and drink offering.
Pete Selman, Director of Strategic Direction for the National Trust for Scotland said:
“It is fantastic to see this classic Glasgow landmark busy and bustling once again. Our partnership with the Rusks has given this stunning piece of built heritage renewed life and purpose, in a project which has been a new approach for our conservation charity. By working with a commercial partner, we have secured a positive future for this historic place, ensuring it is appropriately cared for and conserved and that it can once again be enjoyed by the public. We wish this new venture every success.”
Hutchesons is open seven days a week serving breakfast from 9am, through to lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, cocktails and champagnes. For bookings please visit www.hutchesonsglasgow.com