And the restaurant’s success in cementing its top table place in the Glasgow dining scene is further evidenced with the news that, in the Glasgow Restaurateurs Association Awards, La Bonne Auberge has been shortlisted in the Smart Casual Dining and Greenest Restaurant Categories whilst their Sous Chef, Jordan Shane is a finalist in the Young Chef of the Year.
With regards its new look, purists will delight in the fact that the iconic Glasgow restaurant, which opened as the city’s first French Mediterranean brasserie back in 1975, remains true to the essence of the French brasseries on which it was originally modeled.
An authentic yet updated brasserie look has been created, combining classic yet contemporary furniture, upholstered in voluptuous velvets of muted blues and rich reds provide warmth throughout the restaurant and lounge areas, with complementary wall finishes and lighting completing the look.
The L’Orangerie conservatory has been reconfigured to enhance the feeling of bright, open space resulting in the creation of an extremely desirable private area, perfect for large parties of functions whilst, within the lounge, the use of oversized high back chairs and beautifully designed rugs adds comfort to waiting diners.
The new and exciting addition of a central showcase wall separating the bar and conservatory houses the vast array of much loved objets d’art which have been collected over the years, and are now set to create a real talking point for visitors.
These include two specially commissioned George Wylie wrought iron pieces which were displayed in the Taylor’s original La Bonne Auberge in Park Circus in the 1970s. Bringing the look and feel of La Bonne Auberge right up to date, the restaurant also features newly commissioned paintings by Nicol Wheatley, founder and head of Perfect Circle Art, one of Scotland’s leading Fine Art studios. Nichol’s previous work has included the ceiling of St Aloysius Church, the huge marble floor mosaic for The Corinthian, and artworks for Chelsea Football Club’s hotel.
Commenting on the investment, hospitality industry legend, Maurice Taylor, notes: “Whilst La Bonne Auberge has enjoyed an illustrious history, we are always looking forward. With this urbane look, reminiscent of today’s top French brasseries, we believe that we can now engage with the younger, aspirational generation in Glasgow who look for more relaxed and comfortable surroundings in a restaurant, which offers an affordable and varied menu.”