Wetherspoon is a chain of English pubs. They have a great selection of "signals", which are beers with little gas, dark color, which are drunk at room temperature, and are typical of England. Many are manufactured in the same pub. In Wetherspoon, you can take advantage of a typical Scottish breakfast with sausage smashed in a square, another black sausage, "black pudding", which looks like a sausage with rice, a piece of bacon, the famous beans, white beans in tomato sauce. Something that will leave you warm and ready to go touring the area. The pubs in Scotland are not allowed to serve alcohol between 11 pm and 11 am. When the time approaches, they ring a bell, and people come to the bar, suddenly asking for several liters of beer, as the bar will stay open later. They have discount plans if you go often, and a coffee shop, and they give cards of loyalty where for every 5 you get the 6th for free.
Da Vinci's is a "chippie," which is what Scottish fish and chips restaurants are called. It's located on Queen Street, near the chic nightclubs, and because of that it's open until 4 a.m., but at the beginning of the night at like 7 or 8, only families with children go there. They eat their "fish supper" which is a fish dinner even though it could be just about anything accompanied with fries, which is what they call "super." A sausage supper would be sausage and fries. To the Scots who love everything fried, they fry fish, meat and also pizza, chocolate bars and the famous deep fried Mars bar. This restaurant doesn't do it, but many do.
The complete menu includes fish, fried in 3 different strips however you want it, with fries, and peas that tend to come in English puree form, but here they serve them whole. They eat the fish with an impressive assortment of sauces, vinegar, mayo, bbq, horseradish, there's something for everyone.
The menu also comes with coffee or tea, which is a little strange at first considering how crazy they are for their alcohol here, but maybe it's better this way, so that they don't serve too much alcohol in a family place. Dinner costs around 6 or 7 GBP per person.
I expected something more authentic when we saw a brochure for the "Farm Shop" in Loch Fyne. I thought that it would be the farmers who grow fruit and vegetables or tend livestock that come to this Farm Shop to sell their goods. This place seemed more like a delicatessen. The prices were much higher than in Glasgow, but at least the products themselves came from small, local producers. They have a great assortment of seafood, such as Loch Fyne oysters, at 60p each. They are very good and you can ask for them to be open to eat them straight away outside. Then there are vacuumed smoked fish so you can easily take them home, other ducks, chickens and lamb and a small assortment of cheese. The rest of the store consists of chutneys and pickles that accompany cold meats, fruit jams, beers and ales of the region. The sale of alcohol is prohibited in this store on Sunday afternoons.
This oyster bar is installed beside Loch Fyne. It is at the edge of the A82 road that passes before the Loch Lomond. It seemed a shame not installing it facing the water, but that way they could build a store of products that are typical in the country, sell plants, and there is a cafe.. You can order oysters per unit, to eat there or take out, and then there are dishes of oysters, by the dozen or half, with special sauces. Overall the half dozen and dozen were worth 9 pounds and 17 pounds. Not cheap but they are local products that help the community rather than cheap imports. They also serve smoked fish and fresh or smoked salmon in the region that are very good. It costs around 30 pounds per person to have a good complete lunch. If the weather is good you can have food to take and eat it on the shore of the lake which is absolutely beautiful.
Lauder's is a pub in Sauchiehall located on one of the main shopping streets of Glasgow. It is a five minute walk from the Buchanan bus station and its clients are a mix of travellers and local shoppers. Since it is not located in a residential area, the pub is not really where neighbours and friends meet so it can be a little impersonal. But the prices were good and most importantly, the service was fast. The prices are very low, tea only costs 89 cents, and a breakfast with sausage, bacon, egg, tomato and bread costs only 1.99 pounds. Scotland traditionally is cheaper than England, and with the crisis there are incredible deals. At night they serve a sirloin with shrimp and beer for 5.99. As I said the atmosphere is not amazing, but it is a very cheap place to try Scottish dishes and pub food. Beers start at 2 pounds.
La Bonne Auberge is located on West Nile Street north of Glasgow's centre. It is a two minute walk from the bus station and also close to the National Theatre. It is a restaurant that has been open for about 30 years, and now it has three different locations in the city. The décor, leather chairs and wrought iron tables, is very elegant with a certain charm and a French twist. You can make a reservation and view their menu on their website. Since it is between the two theatres in Glasgow and in front of the largest cinema, they offer a special menu for those ve eat before going to the show. For £ 15 per person, you can choose two dishes from a limited menu. There is also a lunch menu for 9 pounds and you get a croque monsieur and chocolate for dessert. It started out offering Mediterranean cuisine, now has become more traditionally French. Their appetizers, for example, roasted asparagus or fish soup, are about 7 pounds, and for entrees, duck breast, lamb, or cooked pork for between 15 and 17 pounds.
The Harvester is a pub and restaurant in Paisley Road, in a place called Springfield Quay. It is a group of restaurants and shops that are fairly new, but is a bit far from the heart of Glasgow and if you don´t have a vehicle, it´s a 20-minute walk from Glasgow Central. It is a pub that is dedicated to offering grilled meats, and there is generally an Early Bird menu, where you eat before 7pm, so it may be a late lunch when you decide to take advantage of the offer, which are two courses for £ 5. With a beer it doesn´t cost more than 9 pounds, which is reasonable. There is a menu that is worth 4 pounds for kids who are welcome. The Early bird menu, for example, consists of filled mushrooms, soup, fried chicken or sausage and mashed potatoes or a cheesburger.
Frankie and Benny's is a British chain restaurant, which has a location on Paisley Road, a new entertainment complex by the river. It is nice in the daytime because you can eat outside if the weather is good. Frankie and Benny's is a typical New York Italian cafe. It serves big, thin-crust pizzas, giant burgers, and stuffed baked potatoes. The food comes at a good price, especially the mid-day menu which costs £ 6 for two courses and £ 8 for three courses. Drink choices are limited, but also cheap. The music is 50's style crooner and there are Italian lessons in the bathroom!
We passed by the door on accident and we were struck by being in the heart of Glasgow and seeing revolving sushi, so we decided to go in and try. Being Monday, all the dishes that were rotating on the tape costed 2.40 pounds and the rest could be ordered hitting a button (varying in price depending on the color). There was a lot of variety and we had a wonderfl meal, about 10 - 12 courses . The table is very well equipped, with your dishes, cutlery, water taps, all the sauce and the famous bell to ask for what you want from the menu. If you like Japanese food and you want to have fun (and fine dining), I definitely recommend this as the place for you to enjoy your meal.
Jamie Oliver is one of the most famous chefs in the UK, and is actively involved in a number of programs, as well as preparing some wonderful recipes. He's been involved with a project of awareness to improve the healthiness of British eating habits, especially in schools. Besides this, he has opened a number of restaurants with different themes. Jamie's Italian is a chain, and we can find one branch in the centre of Glasgow, George Square. The room is very spacious, but the lighting leaves something to be desired.
Don't get me wrong, it looks great, but it's not suitable for taking photos with your phone. The bar is one of the first things I liked, laid out in a market style with bread, vegetables, meat, and drinks. It's all very nice and Italian-looking, but without any flags or typical Italian decorations. The food is spectacular. I loved the Italian nachos, fried ravioli with four cheeses and parmesan sauce. Delicious! I'll try to make them at home because they were incredible. They say that all the pasta is fresh, and it shows. Everything was delicious, especially the risotto. For dessert, of course, we ordered tiramisu and the truth is I'm not a big fan, but it was still good.
At the Atholl Arms pub near the gigantic cinema in Glasgow, you can find a true Scottish atmosphere. In the evening, the regulars gather over drinks, it's noisy, joyful, and very lively! They also have an original and delicious menu, with items ranging from burgers and lasagna to meat dishes and salads. It's very affordable and the service is usually fast (do not forget that you need to order your meal at the bar!).
Nando's is a chain of fast food restaurants specializing in chicken. You can order it in a sandwich, wrap, pita bread, or alone, with lots of extras. There are also salads. It's not bad, especially for terrible British food, and the choice of burgers is good. Prices range between £6 and £10.
This restaurant is located in the Prince Square shopping center on Buchanan Street, one of the most important streets in the city of Glasgow. Barca is a tapas restaurant with good paella, excellent meatballs, and tasty calamari. The food sin't authentic Spanish, rather it's kind of a British version of Spanish food. That being said, they have good Rioja and Albariño wines, an extensive selection of Spanish beers like Alhambra, Mahou, Cruzcamp, and San Miguel, and a list of around 70 cocktails made with every combination of fruit, bitters, spices, and booze you can imagine.
The atmosphere, decoration and service are all pleasant. Weekdays menu costs 9.95 pounds not including drink and the aver price at dinner is around 16.00 pounds a head. Oh, and they have Salsa Night every Thursday so get your dancing shoes on!
We were exploring Merchant City in Glasgow and we wanted to stop for a coffee and voila, we saw The Wee Guy's. It's a cafe serving from full Scottish breakfasts, coffee, muffins and a wide selection of sandwiches and salads. You can get the food to go or to eat there. They also have several cake + coffee/tea deals for £3.50. Open from 7:00am to 5:00pm.
In Britain I often opt for Indian cuisine, because I like it, and in this country it is usually a found at a good price. The Bombay Blues is a beautifully decorated restaurant with a lounge / Chill out atmosphere, offering a lunch buffet for only 7.5 pounds (9 €) and that at night goes up to 12 pounds (about 14 €). The waiters are quite polie, most are Sikh, and the price of the drinks are quite expensive.
This is a seafood restaurant where you can enjoy seafood at excellent prices. The Scots often eat cod and halibut in their traditional fish & chips, so this place is always full of tourists, but the prices are low. Mussels in pots with different sauces are their specialty. You can try unusual sauces, like sweet and sour or blue cheese. They also offer dishes like sea bass, grouper and scallops. There's good winee and rich desserts like sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream.
Two pots of mussels 1/2Kg with different sauces (£ 5.90 each)
large platter of varied seafood and fish (20 pounds)
Who says you can't eat well in Scotland? Bon appetit!