Hutchesons may well boast the most impressive dining room in glasgow. the magnificent double-height grand hall of what’s been in turn (since 1802) a hospital, school, bank, library and exhibition space has retained all of its beautiful stained glass, decorative panelling and ornate plasterwork. dinner feels like an occasion here, but thanks to comfortable seating, friendly service and cool jazz on the sound system, it’s by no means over-formal or stuffy. the menu is as glamorous as the interior – 35-day aged scotch beef, local oysters, lobster and even oscietra caviar, plus a few creative and inventive dishes such as confit ox cheek with truffled carrots, or a satisfying vegetarian dish of cauliflower and broccoli cooked several ways to deliver a complex range of textures and flavours. for dessert, a rich chocolate pavé comes with intriguing frozen peanut butter parfait, salted caramel and popcorn, again playing with textures, flavours and temperatures. hutchesons is not a bargain destination, but the combined lunch and pre-theatre deal means you can experience the clever cooking and beautiful interior without breaking the bank.