- Telephone 0141 564 6464
- Food served Tue–Thu 5–10pm; Fri–Sat noon–2pm, 5–10pm; Sun 5–9pm. Closed Monday
- Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu 5–7.30pm; Fri/Sat 5–6.30pm
- Average price £23 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15
- Website www.fannytrollopes.co.uk
Popular bistro, basic decor with little wiggle room serving decent food in large portions
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
A time-served member of the Finniestion dining scene, established long before the influx of their fashionista neighbours, Fanny Trollope’s impresses with their relaxed flair and interesting bistro-style dining. A small narrow space combines a handful of booths with simple wooden tables leaving little wiggle room for lively waiting staff weaving in and out, pouring wine, chatting as they go. Expect Scottish offerings with the occasional global twist – local mussels combine with light, fragrant curry broth while crisp homemade roti bread mops up the Asian-flavoured juices,with flavours that are punchy and exciting. Belly of lamb, an underused yet delicious cut, flakes with ease thanks to slow braising – Moroccan aromatics fill the crisp lamb parcel that accompanies, sweet potato and creamy celeriac gratin mix with the rich lamb juices creating a full-on flavour sensation. Dark chocolate cremeux finishes any meal with style –silky smooth with crunch from salted caramel popcorn, blood orange gel cuts the density with sharp citrus notes. With their proximity to The Hydro and a popular pre-theatre option, booking on concert nights is essential.
- High point: Hearty, satisfying food
- Low point: A little too bright
- Notable dish: Belly of lamb, Moroccan parcel with sweet potato and celeriac gratin
While new openings are celebrated every other weekend in fashionable Finneston, Fanny Trollope’s has been part of the local area before the local area became the place to be seen. Its ethos of cooking with quality locally sourced produce hasn’t changed over the last 14 years, though a change in policy away from BYOB at the turn of the year may test the resolve of some regulars. The interior is small and it can be a popular and busy place. The kitchen does a top job of turning out a menu with its own personality, such as sweet and sharp crab and chilli mash, which is served alongside a crispy sea bass fillet. Pigeon breast is peppery and rich, with a blend of mushroom and cabbage that only add to the earthy flavours of the dish. The vegetable accompaniments can be on the light side, however, so the optional sides are worth considering. Desserts are light enough that you won’t feel stuffed afterwards – particularly if you opt for the pineapple carpaccio, served with coconut ice cream. In an area awash with eateries, this old favourite still excels.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Easy Listening
- Capacity: 42
- Open since: 2004
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- House wine: £16.50 per bottle