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BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE RED BOOTH COMPETITION

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INSPIRED
Browsing through social media recently to check out pictures of our hotel, I came across A LOT of red booth images. It is definately a popular spot to take a selfie or group photo. How lovely to see all those smiling happy guests in what is unmistakably Blythswood Square. You can’t miss those vibrant red booths.

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TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE PERFECT PRIVATE DINING EVENT

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Pulling together a fabulous event gives me a great feeling of
satisfaction.  I love seeing all the hard work pay off and the smiles on my guest’s faces.  If I were to pick my favourite event, that I have arranged, it would be The Bonham fashion show in 2009. Our clients still talk about it today. The hotel was buzzing and it was such a fun evening.

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DOUBLE LOYALTY POINTS THIS SUMMER – A GOOD EXCUSE TO THROW AN EVENT AT BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE!

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I love a good event and with the fast pace of life, wonder if companies could be doing more to make fun events a regular occasion for employees – not just for clients. The heart of a great company is its people. Internal marketing is essential to keep staff motivated
Blythswood Square, Glasgow is well know for its fun atmosphere, range of flexible room layouts and bespoke menus to create an occasion to remember. The team are currently offering a summer promotion providing double loyalty points when you book a private event. The loyalty points can be redeemed for hotel vouchers: overnight stays, dining experiences, spa packages and much more.

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THE SCOTTISH HOTEL AWARDS 2014

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The Town House Collection, owners of Blythswood Square, Glasgow and The Bonham in Edinburgh are celebrating after receiving four prizes at the recent Scottish Hotel Awards.

The awards recognise hospitality excellence in every department as well as individual employees who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and achievements above and beyond their normal role.

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SPRING INGREDIENTS AT BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE

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We can’t help getting excited about the signs of Spring at Blythswood Square, Glasgow. The first sight of pretty little crocuses and snowdrops around the city really gets us in the mood to start thinking Winter is over, so what’s next.

‘Spring is an amazing season. After the dull Winter months, lots of bright colours are present during the Spring. It’s like new life is sprouting and lots of new energy goes into creating the dishes.’ Martin Thliveros, Executive Head Chef, Blythswood Square. It’s no secret that when it comes to taste, eating flavoursome seasonal food with the best crunch and colour is the way to go. Scotland produces a huge variety of foods throughout the year, with Spring being no exception.

The new dishes that will appear on the menus at Restaurant at Blythswood Square will enjoy flavours and textures from peas, broad beans, watercress, asparagus, leeks, purple sprouting broccoli, parsnips and cauliflower. Not forgetting sea trout, which is amazing and available from April. And of course a well known favourite seasonal food, Scottish lamb.

HOME GROWN
This year we are super excited as some of our ingredients will be home grown, thanks to Fresh Direct. They are proud to be a non-corporate, family owned business that haven’t forgotten their roots and still represent the same passion for quality, service and values that they were built on – way back in 1966 in their modest beginnings as a mobile greengrocer operating out of an Austin 3-tonne van.

This exclusive partnership, enables Blythswood Square to be the one of the first luxury hotel and restaurants in Scotland, to take their produce from our own plot of land directly to our customers plate.

The land is based just outside Glasgow and our first crops will be planted by the kitchen team in mid March. There is much excitement amongst the team as to what should be planted first. We are likely to start with lots of under the soil vegetables such as carrots, various beets, celeriac and parsnips.

We look forward to posting videos and pictures of our progress over the coming months along with recipes of some of the special dishes that will appear on the Market Menu and the A La Carte Menu.

I am sure there will be lots of trial and error topped with a huge heap of fun and passion along the way!

For more information contact Fiona Strauss

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WHAT’S ON GUIDE AT BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE

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View forthcoming events in Glasgow’s five star hotel.

Looking for something different and fun to do to fill your free time? Blythswood Square, Glasgow’s best five star hotel has just announced its programme of events for the coming months. From cupcake master classes to a Spanish wine tasting evening, there is an event for everyone.

MOET MOVIE DAYS
Fancy a bit of Hollywood action? Why not treat yourself to a truly indulgent Moët Movie Day. Enjoy a glass of Pink Moët & Chandon Champagne and Afternoon Tea in the Monte Carlo Suite, followed by a screening in the private cinema room. During the film you can tantalise your taste buds with some Moët & Chandon Truffle Popcorn.

Blythswood Square is hosting two Moët Movie Days: Celebrating The Oscar’s: As Good As It Gets on Sunday 6th April and Celebrating Icon Day: Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Sunday 6th July. Tickets are priced £40 per person.

VIVA ESPANA WINE TASTING
Working together with Buffwines, Blythswood Square are holding a Spanish wine tasting evening in The Monte Carlo Suite on Wednesday 11th June.

Join them on a colourful journey of discovery through the dynamic wine regions of Spain, from the “new wave” white wines from the North West to the ubiquitous flavours of the classic region of Rioja further East.

Spanish wine used to have a fairly sedate flavour profile, yet now it is diversifying itself vintage by vintage. This wine tasting evening is the perfect opportunity to catch up with all the latest developments.

The evening will start at 6.15pm and includes a wine tasting session plus a selection of Blythswood Square tapas to complement the wines. Tickets are priced £25 per person.

SQUARE EYES FILM CLUB
Back by popular demand! Blythswood Square’s film club has been a massive hit with the ladies. What better way to spend the afternoon than sipping Prosecco with friends and escaping into a world filled with Patrick Swayze, circa 1987 – “nobody put’s baby in the corner”!

Arrival is at 1pm for afternoon tea, a glass of Prosecco and tea or coffee in The Monte Carlo Suite. The films begin screening at 2pm. Tickets are priced £30 per person.

Upcoming films are as follows:

  • Casablanca – Sunday 30th March (afternoon)
  • Pretty Woman – Sunday 27th April (afternoon)
  • The Notebook – Saturday 28th June (afternoon)
  • Dirty Dancing – Sunday 13th July (afternoon)

The screening room at Blythswood Square has recently upgraded all of its equipment to included Blu Ray and Apple TV. You can now watch films in full 5.1 surround sound and full HD for a great movie experience.

FLOWER MASTERCLASSES WITH MOOD FLOWERS
Join Nick Priestly of Mood Flowers for a flower arranging master class in The Monte Carlo Suite on Sunday 8th June and Sunday 14th December (Christmas class).

Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and a sumptuous afternoon tea while you watch a full demonstration of the latest trends and Mood Flowers signature pieces. Then roll up your sleeves and learn how to make your own mini masterpiece to take home and show off.

Classes run from 2pm – 4.30pm and tickets are priced £60 per person.

WEDDING OPEN DAYS AT BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE
Did you recently get engaged? Are you looking for a Glasgow wedding venue?

On Wednesday 9th April (5pm – 8pm) and Sunday 4th May (12pm – 5pm) Blythswood Square will be opening its Monte Carlo Suite for wedding open days. This is the perfect opportunity to come along and see Blythswood Square set up for a wedding ceremony and breakfast.

The Monte Carlo Suite can provide a wonderful wedding venue location for your big day, accommodating up to 80 guests for the wedding breakfast and a further 40 for evening receptions. Natural wooden floors, rich wood panelling and luxurious fabrics create a glamorous setting.

CUPCAKE MASTER CLASSES WITH NAKED BAKES
On Sunday 15th June come along and learn how to decorate beautiful cupcakes with Naked Bakes.

All Naked Bakes creations are made from nature’s finest free range, organic and fair trade ingredients. They are topped with delicious light whipped butter cream or fondant icing. Each cake is bespoke, handcrafted and baked with love!

The cupcake classes run from 11am – 2pm and 2.30pm – 5.30pm and are priced £40 per person.

The class includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, 90 minute master class, sandwiches and one of Naked Bakes cupcakes to enjoy and 4 boxed cupcakes (decorated by you) to take home.

BLYTHSWOOD LIVE LOUNGE FREE EVENT
Wind down at the end of the weekend with some live music at Blythswood Square. Why not choose a delicious tipple from the vast and varied cocktail book and settle down to enjoy an early evening of easy listening grooves.

Blythswood Square’s live lounge sessions are now on every Sunday in The Salon between 5pm and 8pm. Entry is free and booking is not essential. #blythswoodlivelounge

Enjoy music by Bronagh & the Boys. Six-piece Glasgow band, Bronagh & the Boys are led by Belfast singer Bronagh Monahan. Influenced by the likes of Fleetwood Mac & Amy Winehouse, the band blends a soulful sound with infectious harmonic pop.

Also featuring, The Easy Orchestra on Sunday 20th April. The Easy Orchestra have developed their own sound by taking songs both modern and old and mashing them up into a groovy easy listening vibe.

To book tickets for any of the Glasgow events at Blythswood Square and for further information contact the team on 0141 248 8888 or events@blythswoodsquare.com.

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EXPRESS LUNCH AT THE BONHAM, EDINBURGH

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In a hurry? Enjoy an express lunch in Restaurant at The Bonham…

Was your new year’s resolution to make more time to catch up with friends? For some of us this is easier said than done. The challenge of juggling work, family life, cooking, housework AND time to keep fit often means the month is over in a flash.

Most of us get a lunch break at work, however do we use this productively? This is the perfect excuse for a quick “feel good” catch up and giggle.

The Bonham are offering a helping hand with their superb express lunch. Instead of popping out for a sandwich and then eating it alone at your desk why not enjoy delicious food and great company. Life moves too fast, so take yourself away from that computer screen, even if only for a short time. People work better when they recharge their batteries.

For just £9 enjoy a delicious main course in Restaurant at The Bonham, followed by coffee and macaroons to take away.

Restaurant at The Bonham, Edinburgh is inspired by classic flavours which have been adapted with a contemporary twist by Head Chef Maciej Szymik and his team. Products are sourced seasonally and the dishes are simple yet elegant in style. The restaurant is characterised by sophisticated urban styling, which is loved by many whether its business or pleasure. The surroundings are cool and minimal, allowing guests to focus on the quality of the food and those they have chosen to enjoy it with.

Contact a member of the team to make a booking on 0131 274 7400 or book online.

Terms and Conditions
Valid Monday to Friday. Subject to availability.

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BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE FEBRUARY DINING OFFERS

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Who said that great offers are for January alone? After a month of detox, it is time to enjoy scrumptious food and have some fun.

Blythswood Square in Glasgow is offering two fabulous discounts in their award winning restaurant for the month of February. The former RSAC ballroom is now the hottest ticket in town, with its buzzing 100 cover eatery and cocktail bar.

Enjoy a 2 course dinner on the Market Menu for 2 people, priced £18.50 instead of £37 (a 50% saving). Typical delights included on this menu are; starters such as cured & smoked ham hock terrine with spiced coleslaw, parsley emulsion and linguini of crab with shellfish sauce. Main courses are just as tempting with options such as braised leg of duck, steak frites and saffron & Parmesan arancini. If you prefer a sweet treat then be prepared for total indulgence – chilled chocolate cake with pear and ginger compote or coconut and lime panacotta are both delicious.

The popular restaurant is also offering 30% off the A La Carte Menu. These dishes range from the classic to the contemporary, and include the natural charcoal, Josper Grill, all made from the best local produce. Sometimes it’s good to spoil yourself. Go on, you know you want to.

Contact a member of the team to make a booking on 0141 248 8888 or email reserve@blythswoodsquare.com.

Terms and Conditions
Market Menu offer is valid throughout February between 5pm and 6pm only. Not valid on 14th February. A La Carte offer valid Monday to Thursday throughout February between 5pm and 7pm. Both offers are subject to availability.

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WIN AN ISHGA SPA DAY AT BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE

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This is your chance to win an ishga Blythswood Square Spa Day Experience for 2 people, plus a full set of ishga products to take home. Click to Enter

SPA AT BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE

The bespoke ishga products have been used to create a range of luxurious spa treatments which are available at Spa at Blythswood Square. These include massage, facial, scrubs, body wraps and the very unique ishga Scottish Seaweed Bath Experience.

The Spa at Blythswood Square in Glasgow, covers 10,000 square feet and features the exclusive Blythswood Thermal Experience - a seven stage journey of alternating temperature experiences to soothe, relax and detoxify the body prior to treatments.

The Spa also features nine spacious and tranquil treatment rooms including a double suite where guests can enjoy a full range of face, body and holistic treatments, a decadent dark pool where guests can relax in warm waters, a Rhassoul, a choice of wet and dry relaxation rooms and a spa lounge.

Blythswood Square is situated in the heart of Glasgow on one of the city’s green spaces. The hotel has 100 bedrooms including four spacious suites and a top floor penthouse. It also has a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities.

ISHGA

It is a well known fact that seaweed contains a high content of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and natural antioxidants that are considered essential for maintaining healthy, youthful and glowing skin. This natural marine wonder helps slow the aging skin process while protecting it from the harsh environmental elements in the air and water. It firms, tones and hydrates and is suitable for all skin types.

The name ishga is derived from the Gaelic word for water. The Hebrides has some of the cleanest waters in the world. This is where ishga sustainably hand harvest the seaweed to produce their 100% organic ingredient for their skincare range.

WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT SEAWEED?

  • Seaweed is a fascinating sea plant with an abundance of natural chemicals and beneficial ingredients.
  • Seaweed or Algae is one of the oldest forms of life on the planet.
  • Oils in seaweed have been used for many years to recuperate from illness.
  • Natural anti-ageing and anti-cellulite properties.
  • Seaweed has been used as an effective treatment for conditions like Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis and Acne.

COMPETITION PRIZE

The winner will enjoy an ishga Spa Day at Blythswood Square for 2 people, plus a set of ishga products to take home.

The Spa Day will include:

  • Full use of The Thermal Experience
  • ishga Seaweed Bath – 30mins
  • ishga Facial or ishga Hot Stone Massage – 55mins
  • Spa Lunch or Afternoon Tea in the Spa Café
  • Gift Bag

HOW TO ENTER

You can enter through Blythswood Square’s Facebook Page, or simply email natalie@thetownhousecollection.com with your name, telephone number and ‘ishga Competition’ in the subject line and you will be entered into the free draw.

Terms and conditions apply. For further information click here.

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THE BONHAM DINNER DEAL

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Do you love eating out in Edinburgh? Why not try something new and head to Restaurant at The Bonham, currently offering 2 courses from the A La Carte Menu, plus a glass of wine for only £18.50 per person.

Set on leafy Drumsheugh Gardens, just a 5 minute walk from Princes Street, The Bonham offers a relaxing haven with delectable food and striking surroundings.

The menu is inspired by classic flavours adapted for the modern palate by Head Chef Maciej Szymik and his team.

Using locally sourced seasonal produce the dishes created are simple but elegant in style. The restaurant also offers an excellent, well-edited wine list chosen carefully to complement the dishes.

The Bonham Dinner Deal is valid all week for dinner from 6pm – 9.30pm (except Thursdays). Tables are subject to availability. Not available on the 14th & 15th February.

To make a booking contact the reservations team on 0131 274 7400 or BOOK ONLINE

The Town House Collection blog will bring you news and offers on a regular basis for The Bonham and Blythswood Square. The best that both Edinburgh and Glasgow has to offer including special "Blog subscriber" offers.

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