Both­well Bridge

Lo­cated just a short drive out­side of Glas­gow’s city cen­tre, No.1 just had to visit one of Scot­land’s most talked about wed­ding venues for the night.

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Sit­u­ated in the con­ser­va­tion vil­lage of Both­well, the Both­well Bridge Ho­tel oozes the charm and ro­mance of a pop­u­lar Scot­tish wed­ding venue. We ar­rived at the ho­tel one busy Fri­day evening and were greeted by the friendly staff. We knew from the minute we ar­rived that we were go­ing to be in for a treat... Both­well Bridge may be a fan­tas­tic lo­ca­tion for celebrating your big day, but what sur­prised us is that it’s also a fan­tas­tic ho­tel that boasts a large se­lec­tion of rooms and suites. The ho­tel caters to a wide range of peo­ple – cou­ples look­ing for a Scot­tish stay­ca­tion, fam­i­lies, busi­ness travellers, or of course wed­ding guests. Af­ter be­ing checked in by a very bub­bly and help­ful re­cep­tion­ist, we made our way up to our suite.

As we en­tered the room we were pleas­antly sur­prised by just how lux­u­ri­ous the rooms are. Placed in the cen­tre of the room was a huge four-poster dou­ble bed, com­plete with a princess-like canopy over­head. The in­te­rior of the room per­fectly cap­tures the of­ten tricky to achieve mod­ern take on vin­tage glam­our. And the state­ment wall­pa­per is a real fo­cal point. Af­ter a long and lux­u­ri­ous bub­ble bath and a quick power nap in what can only be de­scribed as a bed I didn’t want to get back out of, we fresh­ened up and headed down­stairs to the res­tau­rant for some din­ner.

As we walked into the newly re­fur­bished award-win­ning Mar­talo’s Res­tau­rant, some more lovely Both­well Bridge staff met us at the door and showed us to our table. Af­ter brows­ing the ex­ten­sive menu (there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one in there), I opted for the Cullen Skink to start with and a por­tion of Surf and Turf Lin­guine for my main – this was a spe­cial re­quest as it’s usu­ally a risotto dish, but the ac­com­mo­dat­ing res­tau­rant staff very kindly of­fered me the lin­guine ver­sion. The food was truly de­li­cious. The Cullen skink was full-flavoured, hearty and com­fort­ingly creamy – I could def­i­nitely tell that Mar­talo’s Res­tau­rant had sourced some of Scot­land’s finest fish, giv­ing me a clue that my next course was also go­ing to be a com­plete treat. The main was packed with ten­der chicken, huge king prawns, a light white sauce and per­fectly cooked lin­guine pasta. To say I strug­gled to fin­ish the course was an un­der­state­ment, but as it was so de­li­cious, I sol­diered through (oh, how dif­fi­cult!). To fin­ish up a fill­ing Scot­tish meal, I opted for a true Scot­tish favourite, Cranachan. This was the per­fect great op­tion as it’s not too rich or heavy, but still oozes the flavour and sweet­ness of any great dessert. Post din­ner, my din­ing part­ner and I de­cided to check out Da Vinci’s Bar for a cock­tail (or two). Again, credit to the bar staff who in­formed us that although there was no cock­tail menu, they could rus­tle up any­thing our hearts de­sired. And sure enough, they re­ally did. The at­mos­phere in the bar was great – live mu­sic, cou­ples, groups of friends and fam­i­lies all en­joy­ing a fan­tas­tic Fri­day evening at Both­well Bridge Ho­tel. Af­ter a jam-packed day, we de­cided to re­tire back to our gor­geous suite to chill out and un­wind – like we hadn’t al­ready...

The com­bi­na­tion of the chic ac­com­mo­da­tion and the supreme hos­pi­tal­ity at Both­well Bridge, re­ally do set it aside as not only one of the most gor­geous wed­ding venues, but also a truly great ho­tel. Room prices start from £70 and the room rate also in­cludes break­fast – so if you’re look­ing for a Scot­tish stay­ca­tion that won’t com­pletely break the bank, Both­well Bridge Ho­tel could be the one for you. We’re al­ready count­ing down the days un­til we can re­turn!

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