July 31st, 2014 by Boisdale
The launch of the Boisdale restaurants began in 1986 with the opening of Boisdale Belgravia. Ranald Macdonald, the eldest son of the 24th Chief of Clanranald, based the Boisdale idea on his very own loves in life, â€˜Scotland, whisky, cigars and jazzâ€™.
With Boisdale of Belgravia becoming an instant success, two further restaurants opened across London, finishing with Boisdale of Canary Wharf in May 2011. All three restaurants are based on the successful ambience created with Ranaldâ€™s loves and passions in the original Belgravia restaurant.
Deep red walls adorned with antlers and sit alongside traditional Scottish hunting scenes and portraits of jazz legends creating a warm setting in all of the restaurants, similar to that of a traditional Highland country house. The clan tartan rugs are evidence of the Scottish ties and roots which go back over many centuries.
Ranald named Boisdale after the remote port on the beautiful isle of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, off the northwest coast of Scotland. Boisdale was home to the Macdonalds of Boisdale â€“ the senior cadet branch of the Macdonalds of Clanranald, the largest and most anciently Royal of all the Highland clans. There are more than three million Macdonald clansmen throughout the world â€“ all of whom can lay claim to this magnificent heritage, which has been charted down the generations.
The Boisdale emblem is derived from the family crest – a seal stamped into the molten glass of an 18th century Claret bottle found in the vicinity of Castle Tioram, ancient 13th century home to the Macdonalds of Clanranald. The seal depicts the crest, a hand holding a sword, representing Clanranaldâ€™s legendary fighting strength. It indicates the vintage as 1780 and has the crest and the family motto in Gaelic â€œDhandeon Co Heiraghaâ€ that translates as â€œHe Who Dares Winsâ€. It is now the regimental motto for the SAS, Britainâ€™s elite military fighting unit.
The Boisdale motto â€“ â€˜In a modern world â€“ the very finest from ages pastâ€™ depicts and beautifully captures the essence of centuries of proud tradition, passed down through the years to the modern world we live in today.
If you havenâ€™t done so already, come and experience the warm, welcoming atmosphere and fabulous food in one of the Boisdale restaurants. You can see whatâ€™s on the BoisdaleÂ menu or view this monthâ€™s live music listings.
Why not book a table today to experience the Boisdale uniqueness, youâ€™ll soon be returning time and time again.