Baby Grand

Baby Grand
3–7 Elmbank Gardens, Glasgow, G2 4NQ
  • Telephone 0141 248 4942
  • Bar open Sun–Wed 11am–midnight; Thu-Sat 11am–1am
  • Food served Mon–Wed 7.45am–10pm; Thu–Fri 7.45am–midninght; Sat 9am–midnight; Sun 9am–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–7pm
  • Pre-theatre price £13.95
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Long-established bistro bringing a touch of elegance to Charing Cross, with low lighting and an impressive menu.

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In an odd little pedestrian square hemmed in by office blocks and a Premier Inn sits Baby Grand, that’s proved itself something of a minor Charing Cross institution. In business here since 1984, this bar-and-grill-style establishment harks back earlier still for style cues, going for a Glaswegian take on Madmen-era New York. Tall stools facing a long, marble-topped bar encourage a cocktail or two, and, as the name suggests, there’s live, low-key piano music to go with them (evenings from Wednesday to Sunday). The bar extends into a tiny open kitchen preparing a simple, confident menu – steaks and sandwiches for the most part, plus a few more involved dishes such as jerk chicken or roast venison, and finishing with pleasant homemade puddings. A market menu is good value and includes a juicy bavette steak cooked rare, sliced into long strips and served with a mound of skinny chips and salad. Generous breakfasts from 7.30am (9am weekends) draw commuters as well as guests from the nearby hotel.

  • High point: Relaxed atmosphere
  • Low point: Not the most enticing location
  • Notable dish: Pan roasted haunch of venison, pickled red cabbage, parsnip, red wine sauce
  • Average price: £22 (lunch); £22 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: mellow jazz
  • Live entertainment: Wed–Sat evening pianist (Wed/Thu: 6–9pm; Fri/Sat: 6pm–1am)
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 1984
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £16.50 per bottle