A GLASGOW hospitality operator is poised to launch what is claimed will be the first new restaurant to open in the city since the coronavirus lockdown.

Andy McCartney will open the doors of fine dining restaurant Glaschu within the Western Club on the city’s Royal Exchange Square on July 30. Mr McCartney had originally planned to open the restaurant in March but was forced to scrap those plans when the coronavirus pandemic struck and the country subsequently moved into lockdown.

Glaschu, which is Gaelic for Glasgow, will be steered by head chef Dion Scott, who trained in Heston Blumenthal’s kitchens and some of London’s most famous restaurants. It is said the menu will showcase of the best of Scotland’s larder, while supporting local producers, farmers, and fishermen.

The restaurant will donate £5 from every Beef Wellington sold to the STV Children’s Appeal.

Mr McCartney said: “Glaschu will open on Thursday July 30 and we are now taking reservations for dinner on our website.”

“The à la carte menu celebrates great Scottish produce and hosts stand-out dishes such as our Gigha halibut and pineapple carpaccio dessert. There are also fun nods to some local favourites within the menu; the house pickled mussels and cockles appetiser will evoke memories of trips to the Barras market for many Glaswegians.

 “We are delighted to announce that five pounds from every signature Beef Wellington sold in the restaurant will be donated to the STV Children’s Appeal, which supports young people affected by poverty in Scotland.”