GLASWEGIANS love their scran – and in recent decades, thanks in part to flourishing Finnieston and the magnificent Merchant City, the city is finally gaining a reputation as a fantastic foodie haven.

But what of all the great restaurants and cafes that have fallen by the wayside?

As part of our Thanks for the Memories series of features, we are looking for stories and old photos of the city’s food hotspots.

What was your favourite place to eat? Which restaurants, bistros and bars do you hold dear? Perhaps it was where you always went on special occasions, or maybe even proposed? Were you a lady who lunched at the finest of city eateries? Or did you relish a supper at one of Glasgow’s great chippies?

Get in touch by email at or by post to Ann Fotheringham, Glasgow Times, 200 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 3QB. Don’t forget to include contact details.

Over the years, readers have lamented the passing of the famous Gay Gordon restaurant in Royal Exchange Square (which went on to become Charlie Parker’s.)

It was one of Glasgow’s most fashionable places to eat when it opened in 1960 (and the original home of our Scotswoman of the Year event). It was modernised following a fire in 1971, and reopened with exciting new features and décor, including a table telephone service which meant diners could make and receive calls without leaving their seats.

A three-course table d’hote lunch cost 78 pence.

In the then Glasgow Herald, our sister newspaper, restaurant critic Andrew Young reported that the head chef, Peter Leitner, an Austrian, “intends to introduce Austrian meat dishes, wiener schnitzel, lobsters done in a special way, frog legs and pates new to Glasgow.”

Long-gone fish and chip restaurant Harry Ramsden’s was a firm favourite with city families when it opened its doors in Kinning Park and its world record bid in May 1992 was the icing on the cake.

Ramsden’s sold 11,964 takeaway meals that day, thrashing the previous record of 10,183. The shop brought in 2750 pounds of fresh haddock, 11 tonnes of potatoes, 900 pounds of fat and 528 pounds of batter mix for the event and Glaswegians queued outside the shop for up to four hours.

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Do any of our readers recall the Kenco Coffee House at 123 Buchanan Street, which opened in the 60s?

It was certainly popular, offering fourteen blends of coffee, and management had to order new fridges to cope with the output – it was selling twice as many fancy cakes as any of the company’s shops in England.

“The astonishing sale of cakes and pastries in Glasgow,” remarked Mrs Anne Louvois, an area supervisor from London, “is something that has quite amazed us.”

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The shop itself, the then Evening Times reported at the time, departed from the traditional type of Scottish tea-room with its tea and plain scones because it had a “London standard of elegance”, with warm copper walls, a cool turquoise carpet and a cedarwood slatted acoustic ceiling.

“The thing that really attracts people ... is a glittering row of wheels, all spinning like mad in the window, behind which are world’s most up-to-date coffee-grinding machines.”