A few weeks before the October holidays while out for lunch with my mother in law, she let it slip that there might be a secret my husband had planned coming up. For those of you who know me or my husband you will know this is not the first time he’s surprised me with a nice trip away – I married a man who’s more romantic than me! After a bit of pestering I managed to wheedle out of him that we were going to Glasgow for two night to celebrate ten years together. A child free trip was just what the doctor ordered so I was very excited! The plan was that my mother in law would come to collect the kids on the Wednesday morning and we would head into Edinburgh on the train and train through the Glasgow from there.
Wednesday morning we headed into Edinburgh Waverley around 1.15pm and caught the express train to Glasgow. Tony had managed to get the train tickets on offer for £5 each way instead of the usual £25 return so it’s worth looking online if you’re travelling during off peak times. During the trip we were staying in 2 different hotels. The first was the Blythswood Hotel on Blythswood Square and was within walking distance from Glasgow Queen street station. We dropped our bags and popped out to do a bit of shopping and then headed to lunch.
For lunch we went to the restaurant The Lychee Oriental which we had read amazing reviews of on Trip Advisor. It is very close to Buchanan Street and looks like you’re going down a wee alleyway. It’s not much to look at from the outside but the inside decor is pretty cool. We ordered from the lunch menu and everything we had was amazing. The duck spring rolls and chicken satay starter were my favourite and Tony really rated the chilli salt chips. The only thing that wasn’t great was my cocktail. Worse mojito i’ve had! But small price to pay when food was so good.
After lunch we headed back to the Blythswood to check into our room. We were staying in one of the Deluxe rooms and it did not disappoint. It beautifully styled with a beautiful marble bathroom with shower and separate bath. I can report the bed is super comfy but the hairdryer left a lot to be desired, especially with my long hair! When staying in the hotel, you have complimentary use of the spa from 6 till 9 in the evening and 7 till 9 in the morning. There is also a Social hour from 5 till 6 in the foyer where you get a complimentary drink. We headed down to the spa at 6 as we had late dinner booked at Six By Nico. The spa is situated in the basement of the hotel and there are robes and slippers in the rooms. We used all the facilities in the spa which included a vitality and hydrotherapy pool, steam room, laconium and sauna. I wasn’t brave enough to use the ice fountain but Tony did push me into the cold shower! That was enough for me.
Our main reason for going to Glasgow was to use vouchers for Six By Nico that I had got Tony for his 30th. For those that don’t know Six By Nico is a restaurant both in Edinburgh and Glasgow that runs set 6 course themed menus for 6 weeks at a time. We had booked about 7 weeks before, even before the current menu had been released. It was already nearly fully booked, hence the 9.30 reservation time. We grabbed a taxi from our hotel and I would have missed it if I hadn’t got dropped straight there. It is very unassuming and also very small. I really loved the way it wasn’t flashy or over the top. It had a really casual vibe to it and because it’s set menu, it was really relaxing. You do get the option to add a wine tasting menu (we didn’t go for that) and there is also vegetarian options for all courses. I have an intolerance to cream and they were able to recommend where to change things. Another lovely touch was a free glass of champagne as my husband had let them know it was our anniversary. I won’t try to describe each menu as i’m no foodie expert but for me, my favourite course was the Flat Iron Steak. The croquette that came with it was out of this world as well. Tony’s favourite was the Clam and Cod Chowder. I was really impressed with the food and the menu was really varied. For me, I love a tasting menu as it forces you to taste food that you may not necessarily choose in a normal A La Carte menu. Also I happened to be married to a slightly fussy eater so it’s great to get him out of his comfort zone. It is, I believe very reasonably priced. £29 for a 6 course set menu with food that is creative and delicious is good in my books!
Our second day started perfectly as checkout time in the Blythswood is 12 as standard. We had a nice relaxing morning and once we checked out we walked straight to our second hotel – The Dakota. It was right around the corner and despite it being only 12 we were able get in straight away. We were staying in a suite so I was very excited! The pictures don’t do it justice at all. The hotel is very dark and stylish. It’s modern and moody. I loved it! Our suite was beautiful. For me the standout was the bathroom. A big double shower, beautiful vanity and lovely big bath. We also had a dressing area, mini bar with a coffee machine and sitting area at the end of the bed. Sky was included and if you stayed in a suite the mini bar was also included.
We didn’t spend long in the hotel as we wanted to head out for lunch. We headed in the direction of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum as that was our plan for the afternoon. We picked up lunch in a wee Italian cafe called Dal Pizzaiolo on Argyle Street where the lasagne was amazing! Once we arrived at Kelvingrove we headed straight to main hall. I love it there and it really remind me of the national museum in London. Kelvingrove is such a lovely gallery as it really has more of a museum feel so I don’t feel so out of place. I have no clue when it comes to art! I also love a look around a gift shop so finished our trip off there and bought a gift for each of the kiddies.
After the art gallery we headed to Ashton Lane which is a pretty little street with lots of bars. It’s within walking distance from the Gallery and you walk past Glasgow university campus which is lovely to look at. We had a quick drink then headed back to the hotel via Kelvingrove Park – another beautiful spot, especially in autumn!
For our second night we had again turned to Trip Advisor for recommendations for an Indian. We went for Obsessed with India as it had so many good reviews. We took an Uber straight there form our hotel and again from the outside it looked pretty shabby. However, when you entered it was a very authentic, family run place where the food was incredible. I had tandoori king prawns for starter and both them and the nan that came with the main were the best i’ve had. It was really reasonably priced and even on a random Thursday night had a steady stream of customers. The staff were lovely and we had such a nice dinner. We had planned to go to a bar after for drinks but the hotel bar seemed easier and we were stuffed! We also wanted to make the most of the mini bar that was included in the suite! The hotel bar was lovely and the staff during our whole stay were amazing. They even found out what yankee candle scent was in the plug ins in the hallways as I wanted it for our house! On a practical note, the bed was huge and comfy, the hairdryer a little better than the Blythswood and the hotel felt so luxurious and exclusive.
The final morning we checked out at 11 and headed for brunch at Stack and Still. This is somewhere i’ve wanted to try for ages as I follow them on Instagram. It’s the kind of place that once you see the food you have to go! By the name you might be able to tell it’s a pancake place. And it’s typical American big fluffy pancakes. When we deciding what to order we both agreed we couldn’t stomach the idea of the savoury pancakes. I know that might make us the odd ones out but we decided to go for the stacked fries as our savoury option and then sweet pancakes. I kept looking around the restaurant and all I could see were giant mounds of pancake being left and people looking defeated. I decided that stacked fries and then two pancakes rather than three would be good. The food arrived and it was bloody amazing! The brisket on the stacked fried was outstanding and the pancakes were amazing as well. I didn’t even manage to get onto my second pancake but one was perfect! For next time i’ll know! I highly recommend you go if your are ever in Glasgow as it’s close to the station and as a Nutella lover it is my kind of heaven! It also was the best way to end our trip and head back on the train to our little ones.
I feel i’ve had to rush through this as we did so much and I don’t want to bore you with the tiny details. We had such a lovely time and it was so needed to have some alone time where we could actually hold a conversation! Tony asked me after which hotel I preferred and I really couldn’t decide. They are so different. The Blythswood is so elegant and traditional, and the Dakota is so modern and moody. They both felt so special and I can totally understand why they are the top two rated hotels in Glasgow. Let me know if you head to any of the places i’ve mentioned and what you think of them – just tag me on Instagram (MuddlingThroughWith3)!