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The Town House Collection’s newest hotel Blythswood Square, has sold a staggering 25,000 cocktails since opening its doors (and bar) to the public late last year! With an average of 92 cocktails sold per day, Glasgow is the UK’s new hot-spot for cultured cocktails.

Blythswood’s success lies in the team’s unsurpassed service skills and bespoke glassware, in addition to award-winning bartenders and exclusive, specialist processes such as hand pressed juices and hand-cut ice to order!

Ergonomics and precision are at the heart of the cocktails served, particularly since Mal Spence – Head Bartender – joined the team at Blythswood Square, bringing with him over 9 years experience in the Bar Industry. Additionally, senior bartenders Scott Ingram and Dean Evans received awards in the recent Caledonian Bartenders Cup which involved the creation of two specially themed cocktails, a neat tasting session, and a blind tasting challenge.

Mal says:
“I am delighted to have been appointed Head Bartender at Blythswood Square. It’s a great opportunity for me to create some imaginative cocktails that will make Blythswood Square the ultimate destination in Glasgow for cocktails.”

When cocktail hour strikes, you can be certain to find an original concoction at Bar at Blythswood Square, created using the finest ingredients including fresh, hand pressed juices to order, and ice hand-cut by the mixologists using ice picks:

The Salon Cocktail – A recreation of a cocktail from the early 1920′s in celebration of the former members club. Tanqueray Gin is mixed with pink grapefruit, lemon juice and dry vermouth and bitters.

The Duchess of Bedford – In celebration of the creator of the Afternoon Tea, the wonderful cucumber and rose botanicals of Hendrick’s Gin is combined with tincture of Earl Grey Tea, fresh lemon juice, maraschino and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. A floral, light and refreshing cocktail!

Santiago Strawberry Daisy – A variation on the famous daiquiri. Preserve is shaken with Elements 8 platinum rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, egg white and yellow chartreuse.

The Monte Carlo Rally – In honour of the Monte Carlo Rally of 1955, this creation is a special Negroni cocktail which we stir over hand frozen blocks of ice with a mix of Tanqueray Ten small batch gin, Antica formula vermouth and Aperol aperitivo.

Since Blythswood Square opened 8 months ago, this £25 million redevelopment project of the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club has been a resounding success. The vision was to create a truly iconic hotel which inspired with its original design and style, its hospitality, excellent dining and exemplary service. The Bar at Blythswood has certainly contributed to this, and recognition was given at the recent 7th annual Scottish Hotel Awards when James O’Donnell was awarded Food and Beverage Manager of the Year.

With the creation of a brand new cocktail list set to launch at Blythswood Square very soon, in addition to the CLASS Awards in the coming months, and SLTN Awards on 21st October, Glasgow’s hottest cocktail lounge is set to sell its 30,000th cocktail VERY soon!




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The Spa at the new five star Blythswood Square hotel is set to become the first luxury spa in Glasgow following development of one of the city’s most famous and historical buildings, the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club.

The 10,000 square feet Spa at Blythswood Square has been designed by Jim Hamilton of Graven Images as a discreet haven for the hotel’s residents and day guests. Created to reflect the glamorous style of the hotel and the sociable personality of Glasgow’s populace, the Spa will house a number of exclusive features including the UK’s first indigenous Scottish treatments designed by Spa Director, Matt Laird in conjunction with luxury organic product house, ila.

The Spa will also feature Scotland’s first Seaweed Bath complete with organic seaweed sourced direct from the Hebrides and a decadent Dark Pool where guests will be able to relax in warm waters under the gentle light of a crystal chandelier. A grand hydrotherapy pool provides centerpiece for the marble Heat Suite which offers a range of heat and ice experiences including an elevated glass fronted laconium overlooking the 11m relaxation pool.

There will be nine spacious and tranquil treatment rooms including a double suite where guests will be able to enjoy a full range of face, body and holistic treatments from ila and haute couture specialist, Anne Semonin. Blythswood Square’s Signature Treatments are centred around a ‘Turus’ (Gaelic word for journey) which combine the natural benefits of Scotland’s purest ingredients including Scotch Thistle extract, seaweed and sea lavender, with healing therapies to provide a complete body and mind experience.

The Spa at Blythswood Square also houses a Rasul, a choice of wet and dry relaxation rooms and a spa lounge where guests can peruse the spa menu and choose from an array of beautifully presented, locally sourced, organic dishes created by the hotel’s award winning Executive Chef, Daniel Hall.

Spa Director, Matt Laird says: “The Spa at Blythswood Square will be very much a city spa with a real cutting edge feel to it, blending the best spa therapies with fabulous facilities. We will be sophisticatedly Scottish with a touch of contemporary elegance that Glasgow has become famous for”

Blythswood Square is situated in the heart of Glasgow on one of the city’s few remaining green space. The hotel will have 100 bedrooms including four spacious suites and a top floor penthouse complete with rooftop hot tub. It will also house a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities. Blythswood Square will be one of Scotland’s most environmentally-friendly hotels through the incorporation of renewable energy technologies to achieve reduced carbon emissions.

Blythswood Square spa packages start from £135 for a spa day and £285 for a one night spa break. For further information telephone 0141 274 7418.




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One of Glasgow’s most famous and historical buildings is being transformed into the breathtakingly luxurious five star hotel, Blythswood Square.

Formerly headquarters to the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, this landmark property has been redeveloped by Scotland’s stylish luxury boutique hotel group, The Town House Collection, to capture the glamour of a bygone era whilst showcasing the latest in designer styling as befits this vibrant and sociable city.

Blythswood Square which is located in the City centre on one of Glasgow’s only remaining green spaces will have 100 bedrooms including four spacious suites and an enticing top floor penthouse complete with rooftop hot tub. It will also house Glasgow’s first luxury spa offering indigenous Scottish treatments, a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities.

Blythswood Square will be one of Scotland’s most environmentally-friendly hotels through the incorporation of renewable energy technologies to achieve reduced carbon emissions.

The hotel interior retains its fine architectural features whilst sporting contemporary bespoke furniture by modus, flooring and textiles. This includes the use of Scotland’s famous Harris Tweed which will be used across chairs, curtains and even restaurant menus. This is the first time this textile has been used for interiors since the 1970s.

Formerly the Royal Scottish Automobile Club’s ballroom, the hotel’s main 150-cover restaurant and cocktail bar will be impressive with its high ceilings and grand dimensions. However, the atmosphere will be fun and relaxed, a place to enjoy delicious seasonally chosen and locally sourced food and inventive cocktails with friends under the attention of award winning Executive Head Chef, Daniel Hall.

The Spa at Blythswood Square champions the latest in cutting edge design offering a number of unique facilities and treatments specially created for the spa. Guests can indulge in bespoke natural treatments using Scotch Thistle extract, Scottish seaweed and a selection of treatments from the luxurious Anne Semonin and ila. The spa is home to Glasgow’s only Seaweed Bath chamber filled with healing organic seaweed sourced from the Hebrides. The marble Heat Suite offers a range of hot and cold experiences including a large hydrotherapy pool. The 11m relaxation pool leads to the decadent Dark Pool where guests can float under a crystal chandelier. This outstanding spa also houses a Rasul, relaxation rooms, 9 spacious treatment rooms including a double suite, all offering the highest level of comfort and warmth.

Additional highlights within the hotel include a 35 metre Salon featuring two original fire places, columns and cornicing with stunning views over Blythswood Square and a private Screening Room, the first in a Scottish hotel, which will be furnished in over 40 different designs of Harris Tweed.

There is also the RSAC’s original ‘Rally Bar’ named after the Monte Carlo Rally which started from Blythswood Square in 1955. Over the years many high profile racing drivers frequented the bar and it grew a wide reaching and auspicious reputation. The Rally Bar is being restored to its former glory and is available to guests booking the hotel’s conference and event suites.

Blythswood Square is owned by The Town House Collection, owner of four of the finest boutique hotels in Edinburgh – The Bonham, Channings, The Howard and The Edinburgh Residence. Peter Taylor OBE, Chairman of The Town House Collection, commented:

“The chance to restore this landmark Glasgow property tastefully into a contemporary hotel, retaining its unique features and personality has been a wonderful opportunity. It’s a magnificent building and we look forward to welcoming our first guests.”