There are dream houses… and then there are dream houses dreamed up by genius architects.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover is a jaw-dropping example of the latter. Set in Bellahouston Park, you would be hard pushed to find a lovelier spot to enjoy a sunny day lunch with a glass of wine in hand.
Enjoy all of the above with today’s Big Deal on a two course lunch for one with wine in the airy and elegant Art Lover’s Café.
Two course lunch for one
Available from noon to 3.30pm from Monday to Friday, this Big Deal is for one person to enjoy two courses from the Art Lover’s Café seasonal menu and a glass of wine.
The chefs at the Café use ingredients from local suppliers to create innovative dishes that match Mackintosh’s cutting-edge vision. The menu may change regularly, but a sample is as follows:
Soup with farmhouse bread
Duck liver parfait with toasted brioche, apple and beetroot chutney
Peppered mackerel pate with cucumber crème fraiche and pickled shallots
Pea gazpacho with crispy poached egg, truffle oil and pea shoots (vegan optional available)
Roast chicken supreme with potato terrine and summer vegetables
Seafood linguine with garlic and tarragon cream
Lamb neck with crushed potatoes, roasted courgette, caper and green olive jus
Roasted carrot and hazelnut risotto with candied hazelnuts and carrot crisps
Summer berry cheesecake with fresh raspberries and watermelon sorbet
Dark chocolate pudding with cherry compote and coconut ice cream
Salted caramel panna cotta with spiced ginger sponge and praline crumb
Selection of ice cream and sorbet (vegan option available)
Or why not buy multiples, as the deal is available for group bookings?
Enchanting house and gardens
Designed by one of Scotland’s greatest architects and with themed gardens to explore, House for an Art Lover is set in beautiful Bellahouston Park.
The house itself is a stunning example of innovative turn-of-the-century design. It also includes an arts centre and a gift shop that is an Aladdin’s Cave of Mackintosh-themed goods.
After your lunch, you can wander the grounds and explore the walled garden, peace garden, glasshouse, bothy and children’s play park.
Bellahouston Park also has plenty of its own attractions, including The Burrell Collection museum; Alice in Wonderland Maze, and Glasshouse for a Plant Collector. So why not make a day of it?
The Art Lover’s Café has plenty of admirers and has earned itself a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence as a result.
Here is what one 5pm reviewer had to say:
‘From the moment you see the building you know you are in for something special. Having the opportunity to sit in a Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building and eat an exceptional lunch makes this one of the best places to eat in the west of Scotland. The menu has a good choice of courses and never fails to impress in the quality and presentation. The service is always courteous and efficient… When you have finished your lunch, do not fail to make a visit to the house to see the amazing designs of CRM. Going to the Art Lovers’ Café for lunch offers an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime.’
Dreamy day out
Delicious seasonal food? Tick. Breathtaking Rennie Mackintosh surroundings? Tick. Peaceful gardens and park to explore afterwards? Tick.
This Big Deal from House for an Art Lover has everything you need for an extra special day out. And while it would make for a very romantic lunch with your other half, it could also be a thoughtful gift for a couple as well.