The Grahamston, a new restaurant and bar located in the heart of Glasgow city centre, has opened following a £1.2 million transformation.
Located within Radisson Blu on Argyle Street, the new dining and drinking experience is inspired by Grahamston, once a bustling village in the heart of the city, now a forgotten part of Glasgow’s history, buried deep below Glasgow Central station.
Through subtle visual, written and spoken cues, the story of the illusive eighteenth-century village is brought to life. The décor, menu and the people each reveal small elements of the village story. A new piece of artwork inspired by the characters and buildings from Grahamston dominates the feature wall overlooking the bar.
Developed by Executive Chef Stephen MacNiven, the menu features traditional Scottish food with an artisan twist. Dishes include cock-a-leekie terrine, twice-baked Isle of Mull cheddar soufflé and apple and cinnamon cheesecake.
As well as a large selection of beers, wines and spirits, the 82-metre square bar will serve its own locally brewed craft beer, The Grahamston Ale, on draught.
Radisson Blu’s new General Manager, Hina Rubbani, said: “The Grahamston is perfect for anything from a working lunch to an evening cocktail, and provides the ideal place for our guests, locals and visitors to the city to come and discover more about one of Glasgow’s best kept secrets.”
The village of Grahamston lies beneath Glasgow Central station and has remained untouched since the 19th century. But as the industrial revolution took hold in the 1870s, the fate of the village was sealed when work began on Glasgow Central station.
Radisson Blu worked closely with local historian Norrie Gilliland on the project, author of the only book written on the history of Grahamston; Glasgow’s Forgotten Village. He commented: “The story of Grahamston is undoubtedly a microcosm of Glasgow’s growth into a diverse, multi-cultural and internationally renowned city of the 21st century. Grahamston was first noted on maps of Glasgow around 1680 and grew over the next two hundred years from a row of thatched cottages to a commercial and industrial hub right at the heart of Victorian Glasgow.
“Sadly, the village vanished beneath the foundations of Glasgow Central Station well over a century ago. No records of it exist in city archives and only a small glimpse of the mysterious pathways and tunnels can be seen from Hope Street. Now, the story of Grahamston has been brought to life, and I hope that locals and visitors to the city enjoy discovering more about this fascinating local legend.”
The Grahamston301 Argyle Street
Tel: 0141 204 3333