Side Dishes (14 August 2008)

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Shandon Belles

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Glasgow’s more experienced diners know full well that the Two Fat Ladies fish restaurants had nothing to do with motorcycling cooks Clarissa and Jennifer, and everything to do with the address of the original site at 88 Dumbarton Road. However, the latest addition to Ryan James’ portfolio suggests that there might, after all, be something more to the dames’ identity. The Shandon Belles is located in the basement space below Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery at 652 Argyle Street, with a simple home-style menu offering dishes such as lamb chops or belly pork cassoulet for under a tenner. Book at 0141 221 8188 or go to

Lots of moving and shaking happening in the pubs and taverns of Stockbridge in Edinburgh in recent weeks. Martin Luney and Colin Church, former managers within the Montpelier’s group, have taken on Hamilton’s as their first venture, covering the walls with pop art and promising ‘local produce for local people’. Meanwhile, Edinburgh Real Ale Ltd, the team behind Cloisters and the Bow Bar, have renamed Bert’s Bar on Raeburn Place as the Stockbridge Tap and are teaming up with Carlo Coxon from the Grain Store to look after the food side of things. Good food is also promised at the St Vincent Bar by St Stephen’s Church, where Craig McAlpine of Home Cuisine is to run the food operation.

Glengoyne Distillery near Kilearn are now running a daily shuttle bus from various points in Glasgow with a whisky expert on board for the 14-mile trip, which costs £18.50 including a tour of the distillery and a couple of drams. For more info call 0800 0141 495 or visit