Ian Brown Food & Drink, the home of relaxed, informal yet high-quality dining, opened for business in 2010.
It was the realisation of a dream for head chef Ian Brown and the culmination of years of experience in some of the country’s best-known eating establishments.
Ian has been been cooking since leaving school at the age of 15. He did most of his training in his home town of East Kilbride before moving into the centre of Glasgow.
He secured his first head chef position at Archies in Waterloo Street – and this is where he met his wife Sheila.
He then returned to East Kilbride to take on the role of head chef at the Crutherland Hotel before settling down at the world-famous Ubiquitous Chip in the west end of Glasgow for the next 21 years.
When he and Sheila decided to open their own restaurant, they wanted to make their mark with a relaxed, informal neighbourhood eatery, a mouth-watering menu, a wine list for all seasons and superb service.
With the help of local cabinetmaker Paul Hodgkiss, they created the interior using sustainable Scottish hardwoods for the tables, bar, wine racks and chairs.
As regards produce, Ian remains loyal to the suppliers he has used for decades because they know he insists on using only the best of Scotland’s Larder.
He selects fish from Bernard Corrigan, he sources pork from Ramsays of Carluke, he obtains the best beef from ABR and has a longstanding relationship with Braehead Foods whose Cook School in Kilmarnock has hosted guest teaching sessions by Ian.
He says: “Our ethos is to cook everything from scratch in our tiny kitchen, so we know exactly what is in all our dishes.
“Needless to say, 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, while small, is one that we are extremely proud of, and it was created with huge help from Inverarity Morton’s.
“Since opening, we have catered for numerous special occasions at which tailor-made menus and wine lists were created to suit individual requirements.
We hope you enjoy dining with us.