Four Decades of The Ubiquitous Chip

Date: 11/01/2011

This year, The Ubiquitous Chip, one of Scotland’s most famous restaurants and long-time Glasgow institution, celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

In honour of this milestone, ‘The Chip’, (as it’s become affectionately known), will host a yearlong programme of celebrations and events including a world first sensory experience combining food and ground-breaking 3D digital art, a unique social media challenge and the launch of a commemorative book of memories and recipes.

Kicking off this exciting programme is the launch of an exclusive lunch menu designed by restaurateur Colin Clydesdale celebrating the styles of food served in the restaurant since it’s inception in 1971.

For one week only, from the 12th - 19th January, in addition to the à la carte menu, the restaurant will be offering a four course set menu with each course representing a different decade.

The starter of Mallaig landed squid, conger eel and bacon was the first dish ever produced by The Chip founder Ronnie Clydesdale in 1971. Garvalloch Scallops with a Potato Rosti and Chamberry Coral Sauce represents the fish courses produced on the 1990s while Perthshire Wood Pigeon with Pearl Barley Mushroom Risotto and a duo of Mushroom Cream and Game Sauce showcases the 21st century version of one of the signature game dishes for which the Chip is famed.  The menu is completed with a dessert from the 1980s - Hebridean Carrageen Snow Egg with Grand Marnier.

Wines, which are also representative of the four decades, have been selected from the establishment’s extensive back catalogue to match each dish.

The four decades menu will cost £19.71 (not including wine).

Since the restaurant was established on 11th January 1971, The Chip has enjoyed iconic status in Scotland and beyond. Formerly a derelict stable, The Chip was the first establishment to open in Glasgow’s now legendary Ashton Lane, and the trendy bohemian hub which now characterises Ashton Lane has grown on the back of The Chip’s popularity. The Chip was an instant hit not only because renowned founder and original chef, Ronnie Clydesdale, was one of the first chefs in the UK to highlight the provenance of Scottish ingredients, but also as an incubator for the Glasgow’s artistic community.

Famously, Scottish playwright and artist, Alasdair Gray, created a mural in the restaurant’s leafy central courtyard and was thanked in food and drink.

Alasdair Gray will also be involved in the 40th Anniversary activity through a ground-breaking collaboration with contemporary artist Debs Norton on the world’s first sensory experience combining food and 3D interactive art which will be happening in March.

Commenting on the milestone, restaurateur Colin Clydesdale, said: “The 40th Anniversary activities will celebrate all that the Chip has embodied in the past, both in terms of food and Glasgow’s culture, while also giving an indication of future direction. We hope that customers old and new will join in our celebration and enjoy some of the unique experiences we have planned.”


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