Designing a steak and gin restaurant beneath Glasgow Central Station

Jestico + Whiles and Timorous Beasties have worked on the design of the new Alston Bar & Beef restaurant in the undercroft beneath Glasgow’s Central Station.

Alston

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The restaurant is named after Alston Street, the main thoroughfare of the forgotten Grahamston Village, which was built over in the late 1800s to create the station.

Jestico + Whiles says it has aimed to reference the history of both the restaurant and Scotland in its design.

Alston

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Timorous Beasties has created a series of illustrations for the space, including a mural of native Scottish wildlife, including magpies and hawk moths.

The illustrations aim to define a route to the restaurant through the previously derelict station undercroft.

Alston

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Inside the restaurant, three cast glass pendants made of old railway electrical isolators define the division between the kitchen and front of house service.

The restaurant space uses exposed brick and oxidised steel, alongside a white marble bar and patterned tiling.

Alston

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The 80-seat restaurant is operated by Glendola Leisure.

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