27 Apr Lock down lifts and bookings bounce back
The Scottish hospitality sector began to re-open this week. We are very much looking forward to not just our first pub pint but also the unaccustomed luxury of eating a meal that we have not cooked and don’t need to wash up after. Bliss.
Our Eat Walk tours in Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews will restart from the 21st of May. By then, we will be able to eat indoors and drink alcohol in restaurants. There are more details of our re-opening schedule here. Our team of guides have been chomping at the bit to get back out there and start welcoming guests.
Until that happy day, here are a few suggestions for a few neat places to eat and drink in Glasgow.
Al fresco Glasgow suggestions
If you feel so starved of restaurant food that you want to eat it all then you might want to head over to Cranside by the North Rotunda in Finnieston, on the banks of the Clyde. Not only do they have one of Glasgow’s biggest beer gardens but they also offer menus from several different restaurants. From Neapolitan pizza to sushi via Thai street food and Greek favourites, Cranside has something for everyone. It is a popular concept. So much so that they took 10,000 reservations in the first 24 hours that they opened up their bookings.
Staying down by the Clyde, you could enjoy a sundowner with a view from the Sky Bar at the Radisson Red. We’ll have a Sky High Sling to wash away the taste of lockdown. And, if you’re offering, we will nibble on some halloumi fries and perhaps some chimichurri chicken skewers from the small plates menu.
Alternatively, you could dig out your Sunday best and give praise at the Church on the Hill in the Southside. Their spacious beer garden can be a real suntrap so pull up a pew and get ready to worship the draught beer selection. The headline pic is from their Facebook.
If heading south of the river seems a schlep too far then Malone’s on Sauchiehall Lane is dishing up the city centre rooftop action. Over the course of the lockdown, we have selflessly done a lot of quality control research on cans of Guinness. However, the idea of supping a perfectly poured pint of pub Guinness is making the hairs on the back of our neck stand up.
We suspect it will be a while yet before we can enjoy gigs at the mighty Barrowlands but we can soak up the mellow vibe at Van Winkle’s beer garden in the East End. BBQ and bourbon are the main attractions here. Which is handy as we are big fans of both and their southern-fried buttermilk chicken burger has our name on it. On the subject of Van Winkle, you may want to check out the comedy gig they have on Thursday 24th June. Funny bone-botherers Susie McCabe and Des McLean are stopping off at Van Winkle as part of their Comedy Beer Garden Tour.
If football is more your bag, then our chums at Mharsanta – they often feature in our tours – have a series of events centred around Scotland’s three Euro fixtures. As well as all the action on the big screens, there will be pre-match Q&As with pundits and footballers such as Ian Durrant, Stuart McCall and Simon Donnelly. This scribbler could no more fly to the moon than explain the offside rule so we’ll dream about scoring a starter of haggis croquettes with a whisky sauce followed by haddock and chips. Back of the net!
There’s half a dozen suggestions to get you started. We advise booking in advance. If the sun comes out then beer garden bookings will be as rare as hen’s teeth.
New openings in May
All being well, the blog will be back in May. Probably with a look at some of the exciting new restaurants and bars which have emerged from the chaos of the last year or so.