Georgian House offers good-value accommodation and is situated at the west end of the city in a…
‘Stravaig’ is an old Scots word meaning ‘to wander’, which perfectly fits the Stravaigin’s ‘think global, eat local’ philosophy. In a busy street near the university, this popular bar/restaurant has earned an AA Rosette and received an environmental award. The extended street-level café bar and basement restaurant draw the crowds to eat and drink among the contemporary decor, modern art and quirky antiques. It offers a long list of wines by the glass, a fair few internationally sourced bottled beers and real ales such as Argyll-brewed Fyne Chip 71. Expect innovative and exciting fusion food cooked from top-quality, seasonal Scottish ingredients – the same menu is served throughout. Until late morning you could have a full Scots breakfast or a vegetarian one. Typically available on the carte are smoked haddock beignet or Stravaign's own haggis, both meat and vegetarian versions; roast wood pigeon or seared sea trout. The Stravaigin churns its own ice creams and sorbets, which feature as desserts, alongside coconut rice pudding or oat milk and raisin pannacotta.
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Scotland’s biggest city is also arguably its youngest. Glasgow may have been founded some 1,500 years ago, but most of what you see today is much more recent. The nightlife is legendary, ranging from a lively clubbing scene to Scottish traditional music in lively bars and pubs. The city claims to be Scotland’s sporting capital, a claim which was reinforced when it was chosen to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Football is as much a local obsession as anywhere in Scotland, with all clubs maintaining a keen rivalry.
Glasgow can claim to be one of Scotland’s most ethnically diverse cities, and it has been since the 19th century. Glasgow’s industrial boom created huge demand for labour at a time when both the Scottish Highlands and Ireland were suffering extreme poverty and even famine, so tens of thousands of people migrated to work in Glasgow’s mills and shipyards. The city also had a sizeable Jewish community, and in the late 19th century, large numbers of Italians migrated to the city. About a century later, Glasgow attracted migrants from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and as a result you’ll find some of the best Asian food in Scotland here.
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