The Malmaison hotel on West George Street was Glasgow’s first boutique hotel and it launched the Mal chain which went on to become a huge success all over the UK. It takes its name from a French chateau which was bought by one Josephine de Beauharnais. Mme Josephine is perhaps better known as Napoleon’s missus.
Legend (if not much evidence) has it that the brilliant but pint-sized French soldier once knocked back his wife’s advances with the now famous phrase, ‘Not tonight, Josephine’.
She should have softened the old devil up by treating him to Malmaison’s Hogmanay Big Deal. It costs £37.50 per person, half the standard £75, and it includes a glass of champagne on arrival, a seven course gourmet dinner and live entertainment.
Located in a converted church, the Glasgow Mal is a seriously slinky hotel with a kitchen that serves up top notch dishes using fine local and seasonal produce.
Veggies, fish-lovers and meat fans are well catered for. Among the choices on offer at the Malmaison Hogmanay dinner are:
Marrbury smokehouse hot smoked salmon, poached quails egg
Haggis neeps and tatties, Arran mustard cream sauce
Wild mushroom pate, roasted beetroot salad
Pan roasted halibut fillet, fennel, young leeks and chanterelles
Roast fillet and braised shin of beef, fondant potato, honey roasted parsnips
Portobello and root vegetable gratin, whole grain mustard sabayon
Set praline soufflé, nougat wafer
Baked Alaska, almond ice cream
A selection of artisan cheese from the trolley with biscuits and chutney
That’s the sort of menu that is fit for an emperor and might have seen Napoleon softening his stance from ‘Not tonight, Josephine’ to ‘Get your coat. Let’s see in the Bells at Malmaison. The grub looks magnifique and, zut alors, £37.50 is a cracking price.’