The Bothy

The Bothy
11 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG
  • Telephone 0141 334 4040
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–11pm; Fri–Sat noon–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun noon–6pm
  • Average price £12.95 (set lunch); £19 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12.95
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  • Website www.bothyrestaurant.co.uk
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Few other restaurants in Glasgow wear their Scottishness quite as literally as G1’s The Bothy, tucked away down Ruthven Lane in the heart of the West End – see the waiting staff’s signature kilts for proof. Exposed stone walls and a rustic old chunky wooden fireplace add to the Highland hideaway feel, while the menu promises ‘traditional Scottish fayre and a warm welcome’. It’s all a bit shortbread tin, but it’s popular with tourists and visiting students and lecturers at nearby Glasgow University, and underwritten by a genuine commitment to local and seasonal sourcing, much as that same willingness to go the extra mile doesn’t always seem to extend to the preparation and presentation. The Cullen skink is a Scottish classic well done – thick, flavoursome and filling. The rump of Ayrshire lamb with sautéed potatoes’ weakness is in the serving – stacked in a bowl, the black pudding quickly becomes a gooey swamp mixed with the red wine jus. Still, the Braw Deal of two courses for £12.95 all day until 6pm offers braw value, while the two private dining rooms – the Scullery upstairs and the smaller Snug down – are a good shout for special occasions.

  • High point: Garden is a great little sun-trap on summer evenings
  • Low point: Service is brisk but staff seem spread thin
  • Notable dish: Cullen skink
  • Private dining: 24 / 8
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Post-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indie/rock
  • Live entertainment: Acoustic guitar music on Fri/Sat nights
  • Capacity: 130
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle

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10. Veggie3 May 2010, 9:51pm1 star The Bothy Report

There is no way this place has 25% of main courses vegetarian!!

9. Grant + Rona15 Feb 2010, 9:17pm3 stars The Bothy Report

We tried the Bothy for lunch on Christmas eve and had a pleasant experience.

However, we have awarded just 3 stars due to only allowing us a set Christmas menu rather than a full choice.

We had a Burger and Fish and Chips. Both meals were excellent and well prepared, perhaps the burger was a little greasy but certainly enjoyable.

We also had Sticky Toffee Pudding for afters which was a yummy dessert.

Sadly we had been looking more for fine dining from the a la carte menu and were disappointed to be offered 'bistro' food or a full Christmas dinner.

However the surroundings are brilliant and for this reason would def go again and hopefully get a full run at the menu. Service was good, albeit on a quiet lunchtime. The staff were decked in Tartan so beware if you take offense at 'Shortbread Tin' Scotland.

8. Paul Ramsay3 Feb 2010, 10:25am4 stars The Bothy Report

I had dinner with my wife in The Bothy last night. The restaurant is stunning inside, with cosy table to eat at, some with couches to sit on rather than chairs. The waiting staff were attentive and very friendly. The food was excellent, my only gripe being that you only get 2 scallops with the starter, 3 would have been much better. They were, however, the best scallops ive tasted! We had 3 courses and 2 drinks each and it came to £80. A decent price for a decent feed. Would recommend this place to anyone looking got good Scottish style food! We left stuffed!

7. Della26 Jan 2010, 12:22pm Report

I would be amazed if any of these people who moan and complain about every wee detail on a Christmas lunch would be happy with anything. It's not a fine dining experience you go here for! God help any restaurant where No.1 Hval frequents. 200ml of oil???? Did you measure it? Get a grip. I hope the aged Aunt enjoyed the restaurant that was finally deemed good enough in the end. Did you review all restaurants in Glasgow to find typical "Bristish" food?

I have been going to The Bothy with my friends and family over the years, both young and elderly. They have all thoroughly enjoyed it and recommended it to people who visit us from all over the world. A truly wee Scottish restaurant who should not apologise for using "wi'" throughout. The words used in a menu would not put anyone off unless you have a chip - on your shoulder!

6. Ma10 Dec 2009, 10:40pm2 stars The Bothy Report

I wen there for Christmas lunch. The service was awful - waiter throwing the plates on the table in a rude way and bringing the wrong food. The turkey was not tasty and I had a stomach ache after eating it. Not recommended at all.

5. AllyS9 Mar 2009, 12:13pm5 stars The Bothy Report

I came here a couple of weeks ago when I was on holiday! As an American I loved the traditional atmosphere in the restaurant, it was very warming and having my Scottish family there made it all the better! To start of with we ordered drinks before deciding on what we would have! The menu fairly had me spoilt for choice so in the end I had the smoked salmon which was awesome and truly scottish! For the main course I had the lamb, I am usually quite weary when ordering lamb as if it is not cooked properly it can all go wrong, however this was cooked to perfection and the gravy that came with it was fab! Once again the dessert was not a dissapointment I had the pancakes and ice cream that came with it!!
For anyone looking for an amazing dining experience go to the bothy in glasgow!

4. Gordon's viewpoint9 Mar 2009, 11:49am5 stars The Bothy Report

Was recently at this lovely restuarant for my Dads 50th and my family and I futherly enjoyed the whole experience of being at the Bothy. We have been to many different restuarants in the past but the Bothy has to be up there with the very best.

When arriving at the Bothy you can just see its quality and when you get inside its warmth of the interior makes you feel very welcome along with the very friendly staff who make you feel very welcome also.

After having a look on the socialanimal website, socialanimal.co.uk i was looking forward to the food that was going to be on offer and was expecting high quality after reading the chefs blog on the website and i was not dissapointed. For starters i had the bothy fishcakes which were delightful and for my main course i had the char grilled fillet steak which was awesome. It was a big portion and the cracked pepper cream sauce just made it perfect and i was sad when it was finished. Was so tasty. O and for desert i had the chocolate bread and butter pudding which was just a great way to finish off a great meal.

With great service, food and a great venue i just cant wait to get back there for some more great food. Trust me you will be wanting to go back when you go to the bothy.

3. foodgloriousfood13 Dec 2008, 12:05pm Report

We booked in November for our staff Christmas lunch - steak was listed as an option on their online menu (Social Animal) at the time of booking.

When we turned up for our lunch in December, the steak option had vanished - apparently the website Social Animal (which the Bothy's parent group G1 group owns) put the wrong menu on-line and steak was not on offer as part of the lunch, only the dinner menu which was more expensive. Hmmm...it was still on the menu the day before our lunch as I had checked when I was confirming our booking by phone - again no one mentioned the fact the menu was now different. It was only once we had arrived that the waitress explained this was a mistake and steak was no longer an option.

Our festive meal was average, the usual Christmas lunch/dinner rip-off, average food, small portions, vegetables you could have broken a window with!

I later found out that my friends went the next day (they work for the Police) for their staff Christmas lunch and steak was on the menu!

In all a disappointing experience, I know most restaurants try it on at Christmas but they should have let us know about the menu mix-up before we arrived - all in all none of us will be going back! Given the way the credit crunch is going, these places wont be in business much longer if they treat their customers with this level of contempt.

This goes for all restaurants at Christmas - just remember to treat customers with respect and they may come back during the rest of the year when you need them most!

2. cdc22 Nov 2008, 2:11pm4 stars The Bothy Report

Having visited The Bothy many times over the last few years, and having thouroughly enjoyed each occasion, I was concerned to see the comments in the other review.
My dad was visiting Glasgow last Thursday, so I booked us a table for 2 at 7pm. We were greeted and given a table by the manager, near the front of the restaurant.
There was a nice buzz of atmosphere, with the restaurant about half full with a mix of large and small tables. We ordered starters and main courses, Soup of the Day and Rack of Lamb for my Dad, and Trio of Salmon and Rib-Eye steak for myself, and bottle of Beaujolais.
The food was excellent as usual, tasty, and generous portions. The service was just what we wanted, informal yet attentive, and never difficult to catch a waiter or waitress's eye if we needed anything.
Altough we didnt have desserts we sat with coffees for a while, and left about 9.15 by which point most of the tables in the restaurant were full.
It is a shame the other reviewer had a dissapointing experience, however for myself, I am reassured after enjoying The Bothy just as much as I ever have.

1. hval31 Aug 2008, 3:41pm Report

Have an aged Aunt who will be visiting for Sunday lunch soon. She likes typical, "British" food. My partner & I decided to try The Bothy. We looked at the web site. Was immediately put of by the use of "wi’" in every menu selection; e.g. ...wi’ a wee drap o’ whisky sauce. Having spoken with a number of people, this over use has put them off going also. We liked the look of the restaurant from the photos on the website, so we booked for a Sunday lunch - informing them that we were testing them and why.

First, the overall decor is as pleasant as the photos make you think. There was some music, but it was not loud enough to intrude upon conversations. Upon arrival at 12:50 hrs we were met by a slightly disorganised young lady. There were two other tables occupied. With us this made a total of 7 persons.

Menus were bought promptly as were our drinks. We ordered starters and a main course.

The starters were; chicken liver pate, cray fish with lemon and caper dressing and fish cakes with a salsa and a salad. the pate was alright, but nothing special. The salad had no dressing. No butter was served to accompany the toast (asked for instead of the oat cakes). The cray fish was not all cray fish. There were no capers and lemon sauce - despite what the menu said. The fishcakes were poor, mainly chunks of potato and bread crumbs. There was insufficient salsa to even cover more than a mouthful of fish cake (mind you the two fish cakes were just over a mouthful in size each). The salad had no dressing either - which it needed. I told the waitress the problems when she asked if everything was alright.

For the main course we had lamb in a rich gravy; goats cheese penne pasta with chopped red pepper; battered haddock with chips and salad. The penne pasta was floating in olive oil - about 200 millilitres/ 5 fl oz. The soup plate bottom was covered to a depth of about 10 mm in olive oil. The over use of oil made the dish inedible. The fish with the fish and chips had a good batter, but the fish was not the freshest. The chips were cold (luke warm as if left on a plate for too long). A waitress brought some salad dressing without asking ten minutes after my meal was served. The fish was warm, but not hot. The lamb was tasty, the gravy as described. The vegetables accompanying the lamb were over cooked and had been kept warm for too long.

Again we notified the waitress of the problems. She made a superficial apology, but that was it. We immediately asked for the bill, deciding not to risk dessert. When we left there were about 6/7 tables occupied. The bill arrived promptly, but no one came to take payment. Eventually we all went to the bar. Some one did then turn up.

Can not recommend this restaurant. It being nearly empty should have warned us

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Average rating 3.5/5 from 7 reviews of The Bothy.

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