Chef Gary Townsend to open solo

gary townsend elements glasgow

Gary Townsend to launch his first solo restaurant in Glasgow’s Bearsden

Gary Townsend is set to open his first solo venture, Elements in the Glasgow suburb of Bearsden.

gary townsend elements glasgow

Gary has been head chef at Glasgow’s 3 AA Rosette One Devonshire Gardens for the last six years with a career spanning 20 years at some of the UK’s most prestigious kitchens, including L’Enclume, Restaurant San Bains, Hibiscus and The Kitchin. He then moved to Scotland, joining the team at Restaurant Martin Wishart, Cameron House.

gary townsend elements glasgow

The 40-cover restaurant, which opens this spring, will serve an evolving tasting menu and la carte option for evening service, with the addition of a smaller four course menu at lunch. Including a vegan tasting menu as standard.

The wine list will feature new and old world wines, including organic and vegan bottlings, as well as a selection of premium non-alcoholic offerings.

gary townsend elements glasgow

Gary said:

“Opening my own restaurant has been a lifelong dream and has taken nearly two years of planning. My vision for Elements was always for us to be situated in the heart of a welcoming and tightknit community. With close friends in the area, Bearsden has always felt like my home from home, and I couldn’t think of a better location for us to be in.

“Our aim is to provide both the local and wider community with a new go-to for fine dining, delivering exceptional food and an unparalleled level of service, a special place where people can go to celebrate and create life-long memories in a relaxed and comfortable space.”

Address: 19 New Kirk Rd, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 3SJ





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