Tonic at station

As a new steak and gin restaurant takes shape under the main entrance to Glasgow’s Central Station, hospitality students have been challenged to develop a special gin cocktail. Alston Bar & Beef, is working with 80 HND hospitality students from City of Glasgow College and wants them to demonstrate their understanding of the various botanicals involved gin.

The winner will see their drink served in the venue, which will boast over 50 gins from around the world, and have the opportunity to prepare their drink for guests on the opening night which is due in May. Alston Bar & Beef will be in the station basement – an area previously undeveloped since the station was built over the original Grahamston village in the 1800s. Customers will enter through a large door at the Gordon Street entrance, opposite the ticket office, and will descend into the stunning open vaults beneath the main concourse. Glendola, the company behind the Alston is also transforming the station’s old Boots site into Gordon Street Coffee, and has plans to serve its very own coffee blend, the Glasgow Roast.

Another railway related business venture in Glasgow saw the Indian Platform open last month in Great Western Road. Its name is inspired by its location, which originally housed Kelvinside Railway Station, and is owned by Nasreen Aksi, a former Scottish Asian Businesswoman of the Year.

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