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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Upmarket Steakhouse Opens in Lanarkshire

A new steak house is open for business in Lanarkshire. Cocktails and Steaks, is located on Uddingston’s Main Street in a former newsagent. The building has been stripped out and refitted as part of a dramatic renovation, costing £200,000.
The one-time busy newsagent, was once a traditional tobacconist store. David Mungall, owner of Mungalls Newsagent, sold the shop to family-run business, Uddingstons, who acquired the building in July 2015.
The new owners, the Cowley family, are local to the area. They are Florence Cowley and her two children Anthony Cowley and daughter Renee Smith.

It was mum Florence who noticed the building was for sale and she saw its potential. While the ownership is under the Uddingstons company, the family members have a strong track record in property developments as well as the hospitality industry. Anthony Cowley is Property Development Director for the Manorview Group. The Manorview Group own nine bespoke hotels across the Central belt of Scotland, which include Cornhill Castle near Biggar in Lanarkshire, Boclair House in Bearsden, Glasgow and The Busby Hotel in Glasgow’s south side.
Although Anthony was instrumental in getting the restaurant up and running, from redevelopment to becoming fully operational, looking after the day-to-day business will be Anthony’s sister, Renee, and mum Florence will also be on hand. Renee, who runs her own catering company has a proven track record of delivering a smooth efficient service to large high profile external events.
Anthony said, “This has been a long-running family project which has taken a while because we’re all busy elsewhere. The initial idea came from my mum, who fancied getting herself a coffee shop, but the idea evolved and changed, and I’m delighted I’ve helped my sister and my family. It’s now over to Renee to run the business, and I know she’ll do a great job”.
As head of development Anthony was responsible for the vision and project management of creating a working kitchen area and fully functioning restaurant and bar. Space was tight and the basement floor, where the kitchen is housed, had to be lowered to create a comfortable working kitchen area. A totally new mezzanine floor was added to create an additional upper level which can cater for an extra 16 people, and provides excellent space for a private party.

The feel of the restaurant is upmarket but inviting. Sit inside and you could be in any of the trendy eateries in Glasgow’s Finnieston area. Cocktails and Steaks is Uddingston’s first restaurant with a strong focus on steak, and the Cowley family were keen to give the Lanarkshire people more choice for staying local when it comes to dining out.
Renee explained, “Uddingston Main Street is thriving, we’re a local family, we know the area and the customers. There’s lots of great places here and we want to encourage people to stay local. If you want a good meal, a great steak and an accompanying cocktail, you don’t have to go to Glasgow to get it, and we also hope to attract more people outwith the Lanarkshire area to come to Uddingston and visit”.
The décor includes lots of interesting touches. Anthony is adept at picking up random pieces during his many redevelopments and he’s always looking for ways to recycle. At Cocktails and Steaks, you’ll find an old cistern which came from a bar in Glasgow, an old bicycle which was used to deliver ice cream in Perth. What Anthony is most proud of however – are the tiles on the staircase wall. These date from the 1960s and they were ceiling tiles, sourced from an old apartment in New York and shipped over. Once they arrived they had to be specially prepared and lacquered.
The light fittings were custom made to fit the low mezzanine ceiling and a fantastic spider-like chandelier spans the downstairs area. Dark wooden surrounds and comfortable leather effect seating complete the look, while lots of old black and white photos of butchers create an air of nostalgia. As you walk downstairs from the mezzanine floor, you’ll be met by a portrait of Daniel Day Lewis, as Bill “The Butcher” Cutting from the movie Gangs of New York. An addition from Anthony, who is a fan of Martin Scorsese.
Cocktails and Steaks, takes its meat seriously and are supporters of Scottish Beef. Produce is sourced from two Scottish farms with a long legacy of raising grass-fed cattle. Beef is aged for a minimum of 21 days and cooked using a Josper. This combination of a grill and oven prevents food from drying out or burning, and ensures steaks are cooked to their most tender and juiciest.
Renee, said, “We’re very focused on serving good quality meat, food and drinks. We’ve put a lot of thought into everything, from the décor, to the menus, the service and all the little unique touches. We’ve only been open for a few weeks and already we’re seeing lots of repeat business and great feedback from customers”.
Cocktails and Steaks, 193 Main Street, Uddingston, G71 7BP
Phone number: 01698 768118
http://cocktailsandsteaks.co.uk

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