The Brasserie at Òran Mór

The Brasserie at Òran Mór
731–735 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX
  • Telephone 0141 357 6226
  • Bar open Sun–Wed 9am–2am; Thu–Sat noon–3am
  • Food served Tue/Wed 5pm–10pm; Thu–Sun noon–10pm. Closed Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu 5pm–7pm, Fri/Sat Sun noon–7pm
  • Average price £12.95 (set lunch); £25 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12.95
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Oran Mor is a terrific institution and one of the city’s most successful church-turned-bar ventures. It's a lively pub, restaurant, club, wedding venue and theatre – with a ceiling painted by writer and artist Alasdair Gray and a jaunty neon halo circled around the spire. It tops Byres Road like a symbol of the West End – confident, intelligent, aware of its past but always thinking about its future. As well as two restaurants, there are two bars, a large function room and a much-loved live music and theatre venue. The John Muir Room offers good pub fare while the formal Brasserie serves a more traditional Scottish menu with the occasional Asian twist, such as Thai lentil soup. In the Brasserie, traditional dishes such as smoked salmon served with a zingy lemon and dill crème, or freshly caught cod with crushed potatoes, grilled syboes and samphire, showcase Scotland’s fare with classic verve. Staff are gracious and the dishes are presented beautifully. After more than a decade there is no sign that Oran Mor’s bright halo is slipping.

  • High point: Good food in wonderful surroundings
  • Low point: Dodgy WiFi coverage
  • Notable dish: Catch of the day with syboes, samphire and crushed potatoes
  • Private dining: Up to 32 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Waiter's choice of album
  • Live entertainment: Club/theatre downstairs regular DJs and performances
  • Capacity: 65
  • Largest group: 32
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: 16.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

Neighbourhood Watch: Byres Road, Glasgow

17 Oct 2011

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What’s it like? One big road with many little offshoots to appeal to the culture vulture in you. Where’s it, like? Off Great Western road if you hang a left at the Botanic Gardens, and just up from Partick. Take the tube to Hillhead station (soon…