Interior design practice Jestico + Whiles has completed a new steak and gin restaurant located in the catacombs of Glasgow’s Central Station for food and drink group Glendola Leisure. The Alston Bar & Beef restaurant is the first to open up under Glasgow’s busiest railway station and boasts a dramatic wall mural visible to passers-by.
Jestico + Whiles was responsible for the interior design as well as the overall visual identity and commissioned and worked closely with Timorous Beasties on the wall mural to add unconventional touches of Scotland to the stairway art work. The soaring mural, of over scaled native Scottish wildlife, magpies and hawk moths, plays against a backdrop of huge thistles.
The 80-seat destination restaurant specialises in prime Scottish steak, locally produced alongside other produce, and is complemented by a bar displaying fine and specialist gins. “The design draws on the rugged history of the station, along with the wider context of Scotland to create a calming retreat that is full of oblique references and layers of interest.” says Jestico + Whiles.
“On descending to the foot of an industrial, blued steel staircase studded with underlit lenses, a zinc framed window and pass reveals glimpses into the kitchen, the heart of the restaurant. Three cast glass pendants made of old railway electrical isolators define the division between the kitchen and front of house service.”
“Beyond the kitchen, the subterranean setting of muscular brick arches and oxidised steel bracing of the robust, honest and workmanlike railway architecture has been enhanced by contrasting it with the careful placement of new elements. A clean, white marble bar, and sparkling chandeliers made from crystal decanters sparkle in the twilight.”