Spanish restaurant group Ibérica is set to make its Scottish debut in Glasgow tomorrow (September 30).
The company, which began in London in 2008, will launch its eighth Ibérica restaurant in the UK – and first north of the border – on the corner of St Vincent Street and Hope Street.
The premises, which was once home to a bank, is said to have been “painstakingly refurbished” by the Ibérica team following the vision of Spanish designer Lazaro Rosa Violan, who has worked on designs for all of the Ibérica restaurants – each of which is said to have its own “individual look and feel, evocative of the ambiance of Spain”.
The design of the 113-cover Glasgow eatery is said to emphasise the Celtic heritage shared by northern Spain and Scotland, while the food and drink offer is influenced by the region of Asturias and will include hand-carved hams, rare cheeses and a broad range of beers, wines, sherries and ciders from Spanish producers.
The bar menu will feature bocadillos (sandwiches) and pinchos (small portions), plus there will be set lunch and a la carte dinner menus featuring tapas, grilled meats and fish; to mark the group’s first restaurant north of the border, a special Botillo from El Bierzo dish, which Ibérica described as “our own version of haggis”, will feature on the menu of the Glasgow restaurant.
Speaking about the new venue, Ibérica’s managing director Marcos Fernandez said: “With so many similarities between the north of Spain and Scotland, we’ve been very keen to connect with our Celtic roots and open a restaurant in Glasgow. We’re aware that there is a lively restaurant scene in the city and the people are always keen to try something new, so we’re sure the authentic, high-quality yet affordable dining experience we can offer at Ibérica will definitely be of interest.”
The group plans to open a restaurant in Edinburgh next year.