Ian Brown Food & Drink

Welcome to Ian Browns. A wee bit about us:

We opened in November 2010, after deciding to go out on our own. I have been cooking since leaving school at 15, most of my training being in my home town of East Kilbride before moving into the ‘Big Smoke’ of Glasgow City centre. My first Head Chef Position was in Archies in Waterloo Street where I met Sheila. I returned to East Kilbride to take on the role of Head Chef of the Crutherland Hotel before settling down at the Ubiquitous Chip in the west end for the next 21 years.

When Sheila and I decided to open our own place we wanted a relaxed, informal neighbourhood eatery, which we hope we have achieved. With a huge amount of help from our friend and local cabinetmaker Paul Hodgkiss, we created the interior using sustainable Scottish hardwoods for the tables, bar, wine racks etc.

I continue to use the suppliers that I have used for decades because they know I insist on only the best produce of Scotland’s Larder. We use MaCallums for fish, Ramsays of Carluke for Pork, Mamore Boucherie for Beef and of course Braehead Foods where I have done guest teaching at their Cook School in Kilmarnock.

Our ethos is to cook everything from scratch in our tiny kitchen, so we know exactly what is in all our dishes, all food allergies and dietary requirements can be effortlessly taken care off.

We are mindful in this economic climate to keep prices as keen as possible while not compromising on quality. Our wine list, whilst small, is one that we feel proud of, and was created with huge help from Inverarity Morton’s.

Since opening we have catered for a Wedding and various birthday celebrations where the whole restaurant was commandeered. Menus and Wine lists can be tailored to suit individual requirements.

We hope you enjoy dining with us.

Ian and Sheila

Career Highlights


Scottish winner of The Good Food Readers Choice and guest chef at Braehead Cook School.


Annual Burns Supper preparation for the South African Commissioner at his London Embassy.


Restaurant Chef of the Year
Scottish Chefs Association – Gala dinner course provider
Taste of Burns Country – Tutor at workshops for chefs and restaurateurs


Member of chefs team who cooked at the banquet for the opening of the Scottish Parliament.


STV – Square Meals with Alison Craig


Became Head Chef at the Ubiquitous Chip where he worked closely with Ronnie Clydesdale promoting Scottish sourced food and the first to establish the trend for long food provenance descriptions on the menu. The restaurant, which was established in 1971 maintained its constant ‘high quality’ status in the Good Food Guide.


Appointed Head Chef at Crutherland House, East Kilbride


Appointed Head Chef at Archies, Glasgow


Art at Ian Brown’s

As part of Ian and Sheila’s desire to support the work of local suppliers and craft,
here are the current featured artists whose work is on view and for sale:

 Willian Dobbie – Painter

William (Billy) Dobbie was brought up in the East End of Glasgow.  His artistic abilities were recognised at school where he won gold and silver medals for art. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art in the late 1970′s, since then he has built his reputation at home and abroad. His work can be seen in private collections in America, Australia and the United Arab Emirates and well as throughout the British Isles. Commissions have been undertaken for major corporate clients and he has worked alongside some of the country’s leading major charities. From a young age Billy had a passion for Glasgow, paintbrushes and boats. Billy has since combined his passions to become the Official Artist for the Tall Ships in Greenock in 1999, also Boston Tall Ships in 2000 and again the upcoming Greenock Tall Ships in Greenock in 2011. ~ http://www.finescottishart.co.uk/William_Dobbie.htm

Charlie Clegg – Cartoonist

Charlie Clegg is only 15, but he could give master cartoonist Gerald Scarfe a run for his money.  Charlie, from Clarkston, has been drawing since he was a toddler.

Ian Brown, “Charlie is so talented, some of his work is awesome.  He did some sketches when I was at his house and I thought they were amazing, so I asked him if he would do some for the restaurant. Now we have four of his brilliant drawings on the walls.  They are good fun and add to the atmosphere of the restaurant”