The Gannet in Glasgow is now the proud recipient of a coveted three AA rosette. The award of the three and four rosettes are only made twice a year in January and September and recognise those restaurants that have shown great improvement in the culinary standards and service they are providing.
In total, fourteen restaurants received the new awards but The Gannet was the only Scottish recipient.
Simon Numphud, Head of AA Hotel Services, said, ‘The restaurants receiving the multi rosette awards should be duly proud of their achievements.” He continued, “Those with three rosettes are outstanding restaurants that demand recognition well beyond their local area offering sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients with consistent timing, seasoning and judgement of flavour. Around just ten percent of the restaurants in our guide have three rosettes.”
The AA described The Gannet as a “Buzzing contemporary venue with a Scottish flavour.” The guide added, “The guys behind The Gannet looked to the wild and rugged Hebridean coastline for inspiration before opening here in Glasgow’s West End, focusing on the fabulous ingredients those islands and the rest of Scotland have to offer. They’ve created one of the city’s hottest addresses. The pared-back interior suits the mood of our times with its urban/rustic finish of exposed bricks, natural woods, simple furniture and minimal decorative touches – it’s cool, contemporary and very, very popular. Grab a stool at the front bar and tuck into a small plate (warm cured salmon confit with herb purée and crisp capers, say) and a cocktail such as the evocatively named Wild Lady. There are some interesting Scottish beers to be had, plus a short and appealing wine list.”
The Gannet is owned by Ivan Stein and chef and co-owner Peter McKenna. It opened in September 2013 in Finnieston. Peter told DRAM, “We are all on cloud nine today. It was totally unexpected.”