UPTOWN MAGAZINE feature Acanthus
ISSUE 13 Oct/Nov
DURING the run-up to the festive season, groups of friends, businesses and families will begin to look for something a little different for their special night or day out.
Located in a Victorian Townhouse in the West End of Glasgow, Acanthus, a private conference facility and fine dining suite, offers just that.
Complementing the elegant surroundings, each person's requirements will be catered for using choice Scottish, seasonal produce combined with Continental ingredients.
With a Christmas menu that includes grilled west coast langoustines to start, followed by rack of organic Dumfriesshire lamb and dark chocolate souffle for dessert, and a further two courses of Scottish artisan cheese and biscuits and coffee, complemented by a fine selection of champange and wines, guests will be spoiled for choice.
Acanthus can be booked for a variety of events from a private family gathering to board meetings and training seminars.
is a pleasure
As published in Issue 21 - SCOTLAND Magazine
Acanthus is a private conference and dining facility in Glasgow's fashionable West End. Dominic Roskrow Visited it.
These days it's becoming increasingly
common to mix business with pleasure,
and if you're coming to Scotland it may
well be you'll want to take the opportunity to
catch up with some business associates while
And if the thought of trying to impress some
potential client while seated in the sterile foyer
of your hotel fills you with horror, then
Acanthus may well be for you.
Situated in the Georgian splendour of
Devonshire Terrace, just a few doors down
from world-renowned hotel One Devonshire
Gardens in Glasgow, it is a private conference
facility and fine dining suite which exudes
class and sophistication.
Acanthus offers you the opportunity to
entertain your guests in a stylish period home
decorated in the most luxurious manner and
with outstanding service.
You can do anything here, and a series of
rooms offer you the flexibility to shape an
event exactly as you please. From casual
meetings to formal dinners, business
presentations to family gatherings, owner and
manager Robert Corrigan is willing to discuss
"We're attempting to provide something
different and unforgettable," he says. "We offer
privacy, comfort and outstanding service and
combined this adds up to an unforgettable
experience and one that will certainly help
guarantee that your meeting is a successful
Acanthus is appealing because it feels like a
private members' club but comes with none
of the baggage associated with one. You don't
have to be a member to go there, you're unlikely to be sharing the facility with many
other people as you might in a club, and you
can decide the ground rules for yourself rather
than have them imposed on you by a formal
And like all good clubs it has chameleon
characteristics, changing its personality
depending on the time of the day. It would
make an ideal venue for conducting informal
interviews, for instance, both in a business
sense and a media one. You can imagine
international bands staying at One Devonshire
Gardens doing press briefings here.
By the evening it feels like the perfect dinner
venue, too, and it offers total flexibility when
it comes to catering.
Lavish as it is, however, it's not at all costly.
The drawing room, for instance, which can
accommodate up to 25 people, can be booked
from £100 ($175). You can book a suite of
three rooms catering for 70 people from under
Food, too, presents excellent value for
money. Acanthus sources the best Scottish
ingredients where possible but will also
provide international cuisine as and when it's
wanted. The venue also offers alcoholic drinks
at the price it pays for them from local
suppliers rather than at hotel prices, making
even the most prestigious dinner affordable.
"We offer everything from morning coffee
or afternoon tea through to a full dinner
service," says Robert. "Our aim is to make
everyone who comes here want to come back,
and to give them a memorable and personal
experience even when they have arrived in the
city as total strangers."
Without doubt Acanthus is unique. And it is
yet another example of how Glasgow is changing
its traditional image on its head.
Acanthus, 6 Devonshire Terrace
Glasgow G12 0XF
Telephone +44(0)141 339 5007
Acanthus Set To Open For Business
Chef Robert Corrigan has opened his luxurious home in Devonshire Terrace to companies who are looking for tailor-made catering. With 25 years' experience in the catering industry, both at home and abroad, Corrigan is harnessing his expertise in this new project, called Acanthus, which, he believes, is the first of its kind in Scotland.
"I have wanted to do this for about 10 years, but I had to put the idea on the back burner until about two years ago, and it has taken me since then to put it all together" said Corrigan. "I will play 'mine host', in my own home, to companies large or small, who want a private space to entertain clients, hold interviews, have brainstorming sessions, presentations or simply an individual who wants to host a formal dinner.
I can seat 24 at one large dining table, or between 50 and 60 for less formal gatherings. Catering can be as lavish as they wish, or simply coffee and home baking, or wine and canapes," he explained.
Apart from the hire of the rooms - a negotiable fee - a seven course dinner including scallops and fillet steak on the menu, will cost under £50. Clients must provide their own wine. Said Corrigan, "I will do most of the cooking, but for a dinner party I will have someone in the kitchen while I am out front. I will use only the best of Scottish produce and will borrow from international cuisine, as required by clients."
Already two functions have been held at Acanthus. "I think of them as trial runs," said Corrigan. "But now I am ready for bookings."
Entrée Scotland magazine, Issue 4, October 2004