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.
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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