Battlefield Rest

Battlefield Rest
55 Battlefield Road, Glasgow, G42 9JL
  • Telephone 0141 636 6955
  • Seasonal times Open Sun if special occasion, eg Mother's Day or private party
  • Food served Mon–Sat 10am–10pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 4–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £14.90
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  • Website battlefieldrest.co.uk
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Southside restaurant serving modern Italian dishes with a Scottish slant, in iconic and elegant surroundings.

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While all around it bustles, swerves and changes, the Battlefield Rest is a metaphor for its own story. This ornate Glasgow institution and former tram station (now recreated in Lego by Bricking It Glasgow) is on a traffic island, but despite that the neighbourhood restaurant has seen off slumps and crashes and remained buoyant, confident and busy. It has adapted its menu – every six months or so refreshing it with new ideas and, crucially, clearing out those that have run their course. The result is a manageable selection – the kitchen is small – of pizza, pasta, meat and fish dishes that give a nod to both Italian and Scottish ingredients. New this year are some on-trend dishes featuring ‘nduja (a soft spicy pork salami), a tagliolini with king prawns and chorizo, a smoked venison salad and a lamb tagine. The restrictive kitchen produces remarkable results – but it can’t quite stretch to a range of puds so the choices are mostly sundaes with playful names such as Clock Tower or the boozy Marie Stuart. This dependable independent has earned its place in the affections of locals and will probably be around for another 24 years.

The List's rating
7.6

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Andrea Pearson visited Battlefield Rest on 7 March 2018
  • High point: A beacon of hospitality
  • Low point: Puds don't really excite
  • Notable dish: Tagliolini with king prawns and chorizo
  • Average price: £10.90 (set lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: no
  • Capacity: 82 (6 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 50, or 82 for a private function
  • Open since: 1994
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 22
  • House wine: £16.90 per bottle

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