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Issue 21 - Where business is a pleasure

Scotland Magazine Issue 21
July 2005


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Where business is a pleasure

Acanthus is a private conference and dining facility in Glasgow's fashionable West End. Dominic Roskrow visited it

These days it’s becoming increasingly common to mix business with pleasure, and if you’re coming to Scotland it may well be you’ll want to take the opportunity to catch up with some business associates while there.

And if the thought of trying to impress some potential client while seated in the sterile foyer of your hotel fills you with horror, then Acanthus may well be for you.

Situated in the Georgian splendour of Devonshire Terrace, just a few doors down from world-renowned hotel One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow, it is a private conference facility and fine dining suite which exudes class and sophistication.

Acanthus offers you the opportunity to entertain your guests in a stylish period home decorated in the most luxurious manner and with outstanding service.

You can do anything here, and a series of rooms offer you the flexibility to shape an event exactly as you please. From casual meetings to formal dinners, business presentations to family gatherings, owner and manager Robert Corrigan is willing to discuss all options.

“We’re attempting to provide something different and unforgettable,” he says. “We offer privacy, comfort and outstanding service and combined this adds up to an unforgettable experience and one that will certainly help guarantee that your meeting is a successful one.” Acanthus is appealing because it feels like a private members’ club but comes with none of the baggage associated with one. You don’t have to be a member to go there, you’re unlikely to be sharing the facility with many other people as you might in a club, and you can decide the ground rules for yourself rather than have them imposed on you by a formal organisation.

And like all good clubs it has chameleon characteristics, changing its personality depending on the time of the day. It would make an ideal venue for conducting informal interviews, for instance, both in a business sense and a media one. You can imagine international bands staying at One Devonshire Gardens doing press briefings here.

By the evening it feels like the perfect dinner venue, too, and it offers total flexibility when it comes to catering.

Lavish as it is, however, it’s not at all costly.

The drawing room, for instance, which can accommodate up to 25 people, can be booked from £100 ($175). You can book a suite of three rooms catering for 70 people from under £300 ($525).

Food, too, presents excellent value for money.

Acanthus sources the best Scottish ingredients where possible but will also provide international cuisine as and when it’s wanted. The venue also offers alcoholic drinks at the price it pays for them from local suppliers rather than at hotel prices, making even the most prestigious dinner affordable.

“We offer everything from morning coffee or afternoon tea through to a full dinner service,” says Robert. “Our aim is to make everyone who comes here want to come back, and to give them a memorable and personal experience even when they have arrived in the city as total strangers.” Without doubt Acanthus is unique. And it is yet another example of how Glasgow is changing its traditional image on its head.

Acanthus, 6 Devonshire Terrace, Glasgow, G12 0XF
Telephone: +44 (0)141 339 5007