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Glasgow private members Western Club opens public restaurant

07 November 2014 by

One of Glasgow's oldest residential private members clubs has opened its doors to the public with the launch of a new restaurant.

The restaurant at the Western Club, in the city's Royal Exchange Square, is the result of a partnership between the club and restaurateur Alan Tomkins (pictured), whose involvement in the Glasgow eating out scene for the past 30 years has included being behind Gamba, Vronis and Urban Bar and Grill.

The launch of the Western Club Restaurant marks the first time the venue has opened its doors to the public in its 190-year history.

Commenting on his involvement in the new venture, Tomkins said: "The minute I walked into the club's dining room I instantly knew it would make the most fantastic restaurant. With views over what is arguably, Glasgow's most beautiful square and the stunning buildings created by Glasgow's merchants of the past, I could envisage today's business leaders doing deals in this space and diners enjoying its elegance."

Tomkins worked with designer Amanda Rosa to revamp the space, taking inspiration from its long history to create a contemporary design.

"It is a truly exciting opportunity to bring this dining experience, in this exceptional location, to the public for the first time," added Tomkins.

Jon Cossar, chairman of the Western Club, said that club members were excited about the new phases in its evolution.

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