UPDATE - Full Review here
For a long time eating out in Glasgow was confined to the city centre or the west end, but in the last few years the likes of the Ox and Finch, Finnieston and more recently the Birdtree and Bellfish has pulled customers west from the city. Looking east the High Street has proved an almost impenetrable barrier to the flow of people, more so apparently than the concrete canyon of the M8. When you look at the Calton and Barras compared with Kelvingrove and Finnieston very little has occurred, the Merchant City ends with finality, the Tollbooth Steeple, bellows out “you shall not pass”.
Yup there is usually always a but.
How can an area hosting the oldest markets in the city and the most iconic music venue in the country (perhaps even the wurld) be so neglected? Surely someone is prepared to invest and open in the East End? Well as a Nobel prize winning poet once said, “times they are a changin”. Neatly bookmarked at the top and bottom by the Drygate and WEST breweries the bit in the middle is seeing some exceptional developments, firstly The Winged Ox at St. Luke's and now A’Challtainn.
A’Challtainn is located in the heart of the Barras Market in Calton within Barras Art & Design (BAaD), a brand new, multi-purpose venue concept dedicated to Glasgow's booming food scene. The spectacular venue has been completely transformed following a six-figure investment and an extensive five-month renovation. BAaD courtyard will turn into the focal point of the community and it’s flexibility of design will allow the space to house markets, exhibitions, large-scale events and live music performances, as well as a number of small, independent food-led businesses. The stunning curved glass ceiling arching over the parquet and stone floors really make this place feel special You can equally image the summer sunshine pouring in, or more likely the snow and frost on the glass like a Dickensian Christmas Card, this will be an awesome space all year round.
A’Challtainn is brought to you by the creators of Glasgow's enormously successful pop-ups, Fish Plaice (2014 Commonwealth Games) and Heverlee at Tontine Lane. The focus will be on top quality, locally sourced fish with dishes such as Smoked Salmon and Crab Cannelloni and whole Lemon Sole, sit on the menu next to some really impressive looking sharing platters. Oh, and of course there are Oysters! But worry not piscine philistines there is also red and white meat a-plenty, as well as vegetarian dishes.
We will be heading back soon for a full review, but this should give you a great insight into what you can expect.
A’Challtainn meet Glasgow, Glasgow meet A’Challtainn, I think you’ll get on well together.