La Bonne Auberge celebrates a remarkable 40 years
This week marks the 40th birthday of pioneering Glasgow restaurant La Bonne Auberge – and the AA rosette brasserie at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland celebrated in style with a grand party last night.
La Bonne Auberge was originally opened in the West End’s Park Circus in 1975 by Maurice Taylor, the entrepreneur presented with a Lifetime Excellence Trophy in recognition of his contribution to Scotland’s hospitality sector at this year’s CIS Excellence Awards.
Now an established institution of the city’s exceptional restaurant scene, La Bonne Auberge offers an authentic French Mediterranean brasserie experience in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre.
The party featured entertainment from Can-Can girls, magicians, musicians and a caricaturist, as guests toasted the restaurant’s enduring appeal.
Afterwards Taylor said: “At 40 years of age, La Bonne Auberge is now well-established and enjoys an enviable reputation. And it is because of that reputation that any changes made to the menu or the décor are always made with our customers in mind.
“It’s all about keeping loyal to our French and Mediterranean roots, whilst evolving our offering in line with changing tastes and what is freshly available. There is no ‘French Revolution’ here at La Bonne Auberge but as tastes change, we have every intention to evolve ourselves in these changes.
“I like to think it has been our ability to do just that over the years that has enabled La Bonne Auberge to play host to three generations of the same family, perhaps most noticeable during our popular graduation dinners, when we often receive bookings from customers who have been frequenting the restaurant regularly since 1975!
“I’m often asked what is the secret of La Bonne Auberge’s success. Well for me, the secret of a successful restaurant resides in giving the customers what they want. There’s no point giving them what they don’t want, because then they vote with their feet!”
La Bonne Auberge is located in the heart of Theatreland in Glasgow city centre and surrounded by some of Glasgow’s top theatres, as well as Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Run under the watchful eye of award-winning executive head chef Gerry Sharkey, La Bonne Auberge is marking this anniversary with a special two-course set menu for only £9.95 or three courses for only £13.95 throughout July.
* Maurice Taylor is chief executive of Chardon Trading, which operates a portfolio of six hotels throughout Scotland. He is also visiting professor at the Scottish Hotel School and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Strathclyde. He was recently inducted as an inaugural member into the Strathclyde Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, a Hall of Fame created to celebrate the achievements of students and alumni.
Until September 2013, he was chief executive of Chardon Management, the UK’s leading independent management company. It operated over 50 hotels around the UK under a variety of global brands including Hilton, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Indigo. It was sold to the world’s largest independent hotel management company, Interstate Hotels and Resorts.
Main pic: Maurice Taylor, right, with daughter Nicola, managing director of Chardon Trading, and the birthday cake for La Bonne Auberge and, below, Taylor receives his award last month.