Found in the Grade-A listed Victorian building, the Grand Central Hotel, is the magnificent Tempus Bar, which serves a myriad exquisite meals in a dapper setting.
Originally built by famed Scottish architect Robert Rowand Anderson, who designed the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Catholic Apostolic Church, the hotel features a working 17th century style Swedish Clock Tower, a majestic 22.5m long chandelier and has hosted guests like Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy and even the Queen.
This regal location oozed class, and the Tempus Bar shares this ambience, with its domed and intricate ceiling, large marble columns and dark wood furniture. What’s more luxurious however is the menu, which features food both befitting a bar snack and a satisfying meal.
Ideal for tasting everything the Tempus Bar has to offer are the platters, each a rich ensemble of their respective flavours. For a bountiful taste of the sea, sample the seafood platter, consisting of smoked salmon, crayfish and rollmop herring and Atlantic prawns, or for a savoury sensation try the cheese ploughmans, a selection of brie, blue and mature cheddar cheeses. Alternatively, for a richer experience, indulge in the namesake Grand Sharing Platter, which comes with miniature cheese burgers, scampi, stealth fries and haggis bon bons.
Lighter bites for the gourmet on the go, the extensive list of sandwiches reveal some wonderfully swift solutions to hunger pangs. Exemplary options include the Caledonion Crown Roast Beef Sandwich, the spicy Moroccan Chicken Sandwich and the stacked Toasted Grand Club, filled with chicken, bacon and egg.
Also available as heartier options are the prime Scottish beef burgers, available with tantalising extra toppings, as well as healthy salads. Regardless of the choice of dish, diners are sure to leave the Tempus Bar utterly satisfied.