VIP Chefs Table : Cathedral House Hotel & The Exchange Event

Cathedral House Hotel
28-32 Cathedral Square
Glasgow
G4 0XA
0141 552 3519

www.cathedralhouseglasgow.com
The Exchange
2 Ann Street
Greenock
PA15 4RQ
01475 722280

www.exchangerestaurant.com

V: 11th July 2019


When I got this invite I had to accept, as it sounded amazing.

First everyone who was coming would meet at the Cathedral House Hotel for canapés and fizz, then we would be taken to The Exchange at Greenock where we would meet the owners and chef and be treated to a feast.

First Stop

The meeting point was at Glasgow Cathedral House, to be honest I have known there was something here but never been inside I have either driven past or walked past, so tonight I would finally get to see whats inside.

Looking Around

On entering its not what I expected, it was very nicely decorated and this was just the bar / eating area.

We were welcomed with a glass of fizz which was really nice.

While waiting for everyone to arrive, the guys here started to bring out the canapés.

As you can see from the above photos everything looked good, but did it taste good? I can honestly it tasted VERY good!

Everything was perfectly cooked, and full of really nice flavours. My favourite was the risotto, it was MEGA moreish for me.

A big thanks to everyone tonight and compliments to the chefs, as the food was very very very good.

This is a little hidden gem that most people tend to just pass, but its really lovely inside and has an events area you can hire and some rooms in case you want to spend the night.

For those of you who like a beer garden, well this place has one for those few days of sun Glasgow is treated to a year.

Guys do pop in if passing, you wont be disapointed.

www.cathedralhouseglasgow.com

On to Greenock…

We got in to a coach and headed to the second destination which was located at Greenock, now I have not been here since I was a little boy so it would be nice to see it again.

Arrived…

On pulling up to the Exchange it looked interesting, so it was time to go in and see what it was like.

Looking Around

On entering I was very very impressed, the place looked very modern, stylish and had that homely feel to it.

Tonight we were going to have a meet and greet with the owners and chef, plus get to try a few items from the menu…well it was actually more than a few as you will see.

The Food

WOW first impression was this looked good, smelled good and more important I hope I have another hole on my belt 🙂

As you can see from the many photos above, the Exchange really really spoiled us tonight!

The first dish I tried was the Stornoway black pudding spring rolls, and this was and a massive mmm and I could have easily had everyones.

The desert which I always look forward to as I have a sweet tooth, when it was placed on the table I instantly knew I had to try the little cup.

This is heaven in a cup and was so good, I actually had 3 (bad me I know) to be honest I could have probably had 5 but I was so full from the amount of food I stopped myself at 3.

The food here guys was really good! I honestly thought I was sitting in a nice restaurant in town, and here I was in Greenock…who would have thought here would have an amazing restaurant and its not that far a drive from Glasgow.

I think I can say from everyone that attended tonight the only complaint we all had was our stomachs weren’t big enough for everything.

Overall

Firstly a big thanks to both locations for tonight, you really spoiled us and compliments to the chefs at both the Cathedral House and Exchange.

I am adding both locations to my top spots, as I felt both locations were very nice, homely and the food at both was a solid 10/10 and am sure everyone who was at this event would 100% agree.

Guys if your looking for two new places to visit, please check both of these locations out I promise you that you will not be disappointed.

Cathedral House Hotel
28-32 Cathedral Square
Glasgow
G4 0XA
0141 552 3519

www.cathedralhouseglasgow.com
The Exchange
2 Ann Street
Greenock
PA15 4RQ
01475 722280

www.exchangerestaurant.com

Chat to me on here via the comments below, or on my Twitter or Instagram and let me know if you have been here or even tried what I had in this review. I want to hear from you so lets have a wee chat 🙂

Slange Var Drink Event

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26 Bell Street
Glasgow G1 1LG

V: 5th February 2019.    W: www.slangevar.com


Tonight’s event was held in Glasgow Merchant City’s new restaurant Mharsanta, which I have now added to my list to visit and try the food.

I love finding new drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic…

Over the past few years, I have dipped my taste buds in Rum, Wine and Gin and this year its Craft Beers. When I got the invite to this event, it sounded interesting and I added it to my calendar.

The event tonight was to introduce us to a new drink hitting the market, a cocktail making section, tastings and music…this sounded like a fun event and I couldn’t wait to go.

The drink is called “Slange Var” and its a fresh, zesty and alcohol-free. Tonight I got to try this drink as a mixer in several styles of cocktails and on its own.

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The room the event was in was decorated very nice, and it really complimented what tonight was about.

 

I got speaking to the founder of Slange Var her name was Sarah, she was a lovely lady and she told me that Slange Var is intended to be a sipping drink, rather than one you would finish very fast.

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Sarah came up with the idea of an alternative to a soft drink / sugary drink that you could have when you go out for the night. Sarah noticed that everyone who had an alcoholic drink would be sipping, but the people who had non-alcoholic drinks were finishing fast.

I got speaking to a few people since the event of different ages, who don’t drink alcohol and they also said this is one of their issues when they go out as they are always finished first.

During the event, I got up and took a little cocktail lesson, where I mixed a cocktail with Slange Var. I choose a raspberry one as I have a sweet tooth, and as you can see from the photo below I took it very seriously but really enjoyed making it and drinking it.

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Slange Var on it’s on is a nice refreshing drink and would be perfect for a nice summer cooling down drink. Slange Var used as a mixer, with tonight’s cocktails were very good!! there was a cocktail that had whisky and one with red wine (This was my fave).

Overall

Firstly a big thanks for my invite to tonight’s event, and it was lovely meeting everyone from Slange Var and all the bloggers I connected with.

Tonight’s event was a very good one for me, I got to chat with many different people and connected with a few other bloggers which is always lovely to do.

I learned of a new drink and liked its taste, which was good. For me, it was better as a mixer for a cocktail, but I have a very sweet tooth. On its own, I would probably have it with ice, and on a nice sunny day to cool down.

I look forward to trying this drink again soon.

Check them out www.slangevar.com

Cheers

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Kelvingrove Cafe Cocktail Event

1161 Argyle Street
Glasgow G3 8TB

V: 2nd August 2018      T:  0141 221 8988  W: www.kelvingrovecafe.com

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


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This weekend Glasgow starts a big cocktail event, with many places around Glasgow doing big events where you get to try some funky cocktails.

The cocktail weekend is running August 9 – 12th so check out www.glasgowcocktailweekend.co.uk for more info

Tonight I was invited to come to Kelvingrove Cafe for a cocktail launch event so I couldn’t wait to attend and see what they had in store.

On entering everyone was treated to a few different canapés, all of which were very nice so much so I may have had seconds. These were meant to complement tonight’s cocktails, but as they were so nice they kinda were finished before the cocktails.

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So after getting some nibbles I sat down and had a look around.

I have never been in here, so it was interesting to take a look around. The event was in the downstairs part of Kelvingrove Cafe, and I have to say it really had a very nice and cool feel and look to it.

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Everything was perfect, from the atmosphere to the lighting and also the music.

At this event, there were the guys from Makar Gin, one of them I had met before at a few other Gin events so it was nice to see them again….plus I heard they do a rum now which I will HAVE TO TRY!!!!! I love rum.

The other brand that was here was Naked Grouse a whisky company, one, to be honest, I didn’t know much about (but then again am not really a whisky fan).

The first round of cocktails came out, and they looked really good.

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This cocktail was called Strawberries and Dreams, and it was sweet, with lots of flavours and a subtle hint of whiskey in the background/aftertaste.

There were two more cocktails, unfortunately, my photos for these didn’t turn out great but…

The second one was called Courgetti Junction, which had a big thin slice of Courgette in the glass. This was probably my favourite out of all three, I really don’t know why as the first was sweeter and I have a sweet tooth.

The third one I can’t remember its name, well this was defo my least favourite as, to be honest, it tasted like salty water…. not good so I left this one.

Throughout the night we were treated to some really good tunes, by DJ Aisha. Aisha if you are reading this, thanks for the music tonight.

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The event was presented by the whiskey company Naked Grouse so there were some of their products in all of tonight’s cocktails.

Part of the event we got to sit and have a smell and taste season with one of the reps from Naked Grouse.

This was a very fun and interesting part of the night, you got blindfolded to mask what you were smelling or eating and had to describe how it tasted/smelt e.g caramel or rough

Its amazing the flavours and smells that come over, when your not using your eyes to give you clues.

There was an afterparty, but I didn’t stay that long as I had a busy day at work that day and was shattered.

Overall

Tonight was a very very enjoyable night and I enjoyed every moment and the cocktails…well apart from the last one 🙂

A big thank you to Kelvingrove Cafe, the guys at Naked Grouse and DJ Aisha again….it was a great event and a great start to the up and coming Glasgow Cocktail Weekend.

I am not really a whisky fan, but with these cocktails tonight (1st two only) I actually liked the taste of them.

Thank you guys and please do check out the amazing weekend ahead filled with many cocktails am sure.

Cheers

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