The Shandon Belles

The Shandon Belles
652 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8UF
  • Telephone 0141 221 8188
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–10pm; Fri–Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–9pm
  • Average price £15 (set lunch); £15 (set evening meal)
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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Everything about The Shandon Belles is a little bit special, from the warm welcome to lovely vintage crockery on the table. The cosy basement is crammed with small trinkets and curiosities. Run by the Two Fat Ladies team (the Buttery is upstairs) what you get is great bistro food cooked by really good chefs. The menu starts off with a nice Glasgow poem and, like the venue, is compact. The sweet chilli twist on a traditional prawn cocktail isn’t too alternative. A Scottish theme prevails in the hearty main courses. Braised beef olives, pan seared fillet of salmon and chicken with haggis mash sit alongside a Mediterranean vegetable risotto (plus a meat or fish of the day option). To finish, the cranachan is served in a simple glass and the cheesecake is big enough to share. Stick around and savour the atmosphere a little bit longer with some coffee and homemade tablet.

  • High point: Great food for great value
  • Low point: Slightly off the beaten track
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 46
  • Largest group: 48
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £12 per bottle

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The Shandon Belles

21 Aug 2008

What lies beneath

The problem of second spaces is a dogged one for restaurants. A successful venue is always keen to make more tables available, but knows that the atmosphere, or the logistics, just don’t work so well in a room that’s tucked awkwardly through the back or…

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2. Alastair McFarlane4 Jun 2010, 1:53pm5 stars The Shandon Belles Report

The atmosphere is terrific, the staff are efficient, friendly and simply superb all the time and every time...and, just as important, the food and the value simply cannot be bettered. This is Glasgow's hidden gem, the place where other those running catering establishments should be sent to let them see just how far behind the competition they are. Don't tell too many people just how faboulous this place is and the how helpful the's got it all!!

1. Ashleigh14 May 2010, 10:20pm5 stars The Shandon Belles Report

This restaurant is absolutely fantastic! From the moment we walked through the stain glass door we were mesmerised by every nook and crannie of the place. Dainty and comfortable, candle lit and cosy, the food was to die for, we had fish, meat and veg dishes and all were as good as each other. The service was second to none, the perfect balance of friendly and attentive. It was a little hard to find, but so worth the looking for, and it has a little car park too, which is a weight of the designated drivers mind! A brilliantly charming place.

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