Glasgow institution Gamba goes on the market


After celebrating their 25th birthday last month, Derek Marshall, Chef/Patron, has decided to sell his seafood restaurant, Gamba.

Derek began his Gamba journey in October 1998 when restaurateur Alan Tomkins opened the restaurant and appointed him head Chef/Director, then in 2011 he took on Gamba himself when Alan left the business. It has picked up numerous awards along the way including MICHELIN-recommended, a UK Top Scorer in Hardens, ‘The Gastronome’s Bible’, and named Scotland’s Best Restaurant Experience at The Thistle Awards, plus the AA conferred on Gamba a two-Rosette status.

Smith & Clough, who are handling the sale announced, “We are delighted to announce that we have been instructed to sell the best seafood restaurant in Glasgow, and one of the best restaurants full stop!

“Gamba has been serving some of the finest seafood Scotland has to offer, not to mention their famous fish soup, for 25 years and is a proper ‘Glasgow Institution’. Chef/patron Derek Marshall is a stalwart of the Glasgow restaurant scene having run Gamba since day 1 and prior to that was head chef at Rogano, but now feels it is time for a new challenge.

“Gamba offers a tremendous opportunity for a new owner to take on this renowned and extremely well performing restaurant which still offers further growth potential, as it currently only trades 4 days a week.”

The 62-cover leasehold restaurant includes a separate bar had a  2023 turnover of £883k. It is on the market for offers over £230,000.

Read our interview with Derek, as Gamba celebrated their 21st.

Licensee Interview: The Unsinkable Mr. Marshall – Derek Marshall of Gamba




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