I had lunch at Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Glasgow with one of our sons. I had a Travel Zoo voudher for a two course lunch or dinner for two people from the set menu which was due to expire soon.
I had paid £26 for the voucher, after deduction of the 10% discount during a promotion. I was so annoyed when I booked our table and read on the website that there was a two course from the set menu offer for £12 available from noon to 6pm Monday to Friday. However, I thought I’d only paid a couple of pounds more than that, so it wasn’t such a big deal.
Jamies Italian in Glasgow is located bang in the city centre in George Square. There were tables outside, but we didn’t fancy sitting so close to the the traffic.
I was rather surprised by how quiet it was inside Jamie’s Italian, considering it was Friday lunchtime and the central location.
I thought that it was a bit dark inside. In my opinion, the tables were too close together, especially as it’s a large restaurant.
The meal began well. My Italian style nachos were good.
Simon enjoyed his fried squid. I thought it should have been served with a small salad.
The main courses were disappointing. The salmon in my tagliatell had been so crumbled to make a small piece of fish so further. A few peas had been thrown in for some colour contrast. In addition. I thought that the portion size was quite small. I’m sure that I could have cooked a much tastier version at home.
Simon also found his main course of spaghetti carbonara to be bland
Suffice to say that I was not impressed by Jamie’s Italian in Glasgow.
Glasgow Police Museum tells the history of Britain’s first police force in Glasgow from 1779 to 1975. It is run by volunteer members of the Glasgow Police Heritage Society.
There’s an impressive display of medals.
There’s an International Police Exhibition showcasing uniforms from around the world.
The Glasgow Police Museum is located in Bell Street in the Merchant City district. It’s free to enter, although donations are welcome. The opening hours vary by season. From 1 November to 31 March, the Glasgow Police Museum is only open two days a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays. Whereas from 1 April to 31 October, it’s open seven days a week.
I finally got around to visiting the House for an Art Lover during the Glasgow Doors Open event in 2017. The house was designed in 1901 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald as an entry for a German design magazine competition.
However construction of the House for an Art Lover wasn’t started until 1989, with completion in 1996.
There are some fantastic lights in the House for an Art Lover.
My favourite room was the Music Room, entered through doors decorated with stained glass.
The room was set up for a wedding reception taking place that afternoon.
The Dining Room was pretty impressive, if a bit dark for my taste.
I really liked the House for an Art Lover. It’s located in Bellahouston Park, which lies close the J1 of the M77.
Visiting a Willow Tea Room in Glasgow is something that I’d been meaning to do for ages.
My opportunity came when the Willow at Watt Brothers in Sauchiehall Street, hosted an event during Doors Open Days in September 2017.
It was a morning event with a talk about the history of tea in Glasgow, during which tea and homemade shortbread would be served.
The talk was very interesting. I’d hadn’t realised that Thomas Lipton was a Glaswegian. But I do find it strange that Lipton tea is more popular outside the UK. I also learned that the famous Cutty Sark tea carrying ship was built on the Clyde.
The Cranston family were heavily involved in the development on tea rooms in Glasgow. Stuart Cranston opened his first tea shop in St Enoch Square. His younger sister Catherine followed suit, commissioning Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald. to design her tea room in Ingram Street in 1896.
I must say that the selection of baking at the Willow Tea Room at Watt Brothers looked very tempting.
Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon is the world’s oldest surviving music hall. It opened in the late 1850s.
One of Britannia Panopticon’s claims to fame is that the sixteen year old Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy) made this first stage appearance there.
There’s plenty of memorabilia to see including costumes, musical instruments, photos and posters.
There are still shows and movie screenings at Britannia Panopticon. I’d advise you to wrap up warmly if you attend, as there’s no heating in the building.
You can visit the Britannia Panopticon Tuesdays to Saturdays, between noon to 5pm, but do check before visiting in case there is an event on the day which you are planning to visit.
It’s fee to enter, but a donation is requested,
The Elia Greek restaurant is located in Glasgow’s George Square. I had lunch there with our son Simon. The two course set menu cost £7 per person.
Bread and olives were brought to our table.
For starter, I had Taramasalata (cod roe dip).
Simon had Dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with rice and minced meat). which were very good.
My main course was Moussaka. I was a bit surprised that I was offered either chips or rice with the Moussaka, as the dish already contains a potato layer. I assume that this is to keep costs down on the set lunch. My Moussaka was tasty, but rather heavy on the cheese sauce topping and light on meat and aubergine.
Simon’s main course was Chicken Souvalaki. The chicken was tender,
The staff all seemed to be Greek and service was good.
For £7 a head for a two course lunch in central Glasgow, the Elia Greek restaurant offers value for money. Personally, I’d rather pay a bit more to have a more meaty main course without chips.
There’s a permanent exhibition of the works of the Scottish Colourists at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.
Here are photos of some of my favourite paintings.
Still Life – White Roses by Peploe
Interior – The Orange Blind by Cadell
Roses by Peploe
Barra by Peploe
A Lady in Black by Cadell
The Pink Parasol by Fergusson
Lady in White by Peploe
Torso of a Woman by Fergusson
The International Poster Exhibition is on at The Lighthouse in Glasgow until 25 November 2017. It’s part of the Graphic Design Festival Scotland.
My favourite poster was one depicting Martin Luther King wearing a Trump-like baseball cap with the caption ‘This was not my dream’.
This Will Ruin Everything by Recoat runs until 30 July 2017 at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. You’ll need to get your skates on to see this great exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of Recoat,a Scottish arts organisation which specialises in contemporary urban art.
Below are some of my favourite pieces.
The Poppies exhibition, by artists Max Brand and Joannne Robertson, is on at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow until 11 June 2017. This debut collaboration features paintings, sculptures and a musical work from Berlin based Brand and London based Robertson.
I wasn’t too keen on various clothes rails around the exhibition. Clothes installations seems to be popular at the moment. I saw one at the Louise Bourgeois exhibition at the Switch House at the Tate Modern in London last Summer, and another recently in which all the walls of a room were hung with clothes at the Centre Pompidou in Malaga during my recent visit to the Spanish city.
I did like the vivid colours of the wall hung canvases and the floor and wall murals in the Poppies exhibition.
I spotted some carrier bags in the materials used to construct the sculptures.
My favourite part of the Poppies exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow were the window decorations.
There were also some painted sheets suspended from the ceiling.
I have thought about doing painting some murals on the walls at home. I suppose that if I used pastels, it wouldn’t be too hard to wash the mural off the wall, if it didn’t turn out successfully.
The Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow is free to enter, It’s open seven days a week. But check the opening hours before visiting. I almost got caught out visiting on Sunday morning, as I assumed that the Gallery would open at 10am, but it’s 11am on Sundays and Fridays. Closing time is 5pm, except on Thursdays, when it’s 8pm.