Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow has been named as James Bond’s favourite eatery, beating off competition from 20 other venues in the UK and Ireland.
The list was compiled by European travel GoEuro and created in partnership with 007 expert author Matt Sherman, who together named the top venues frequented by the international travel agent in Ian Flemming and John Gardener’s novels.
Featured in Gardener’s 1981 book ‘Licence Renewed’, the iconic Grand Central Hotel’s decadent interior, grand architecture, location and roster of famous former guests including JFK and Frank Sinatra, placed the hotel in the good grace of the world’s most sophisticated spy.
The iconic agent is described in ‘License Renewed’ as enjoying a hearty breakfast of porridge, scrambled eggs, toast and coffee at the hotel, before ‘sleeping like a baby’ in one of the comfortable rooms. Bond then visits the hotel’s Malmaison restaurant, which closed in December 1984, to sit down to a meal of smoked salmon and fillet steak – dishes which are still served today in the hotel’s Tempus restaurant.
Laurie Nicol, general manager of the Grand Central Hotel, said: “We’re thrilled that Grand Central has been handpicked as Bond’s favourite venue in the UK and Ireland. We believe the hotel’s rich history, stunning architecture, stylish design and sophisticated service make it worthy of the world’s most distinguished spy and it’s fantastic that the experts at GoEuro agree.”
Grand Central Hotel is joined on the list by a number of famous restaurants including The Ivy and Café Royal in London.