The Shandon Belles
Informal, cosy basement bistro from the Two Fat Ladies group, specialising in hearty, wholesome food.
Housed in the basement next to what’s said to be Glasgow's oldest restaurant – the Buttery – there’s a history here that goes all the way back to 1856, made clear by the stunning stained glass windows and ancient door. The current iteration was born in 2008, part of the well-respected Two Fat Ladies group of restaurants, and has a welcoming and cosy feel to it. The food’s comforting too – take a slab of chèvre with the crunchy tang of apple slaw and cubed beetroot, or a smoked haddock starter with a simple potato and horseradish salad. For mains there’s a dish of salmon, wrapped in a crunchy blanket of parma ham, which comes into its own with a touch of parmesan and rocket. Feather blade of Scotch beef melts to the fork’s touch, too, to be coated with a peppercorn sauce. For dessert there’s a sticky toffee pudding – but what else? – with golden raisins and vanilla ice-cream, or go tropical with poached fruit, mango sorbet and a green tea and lemongrass syrup.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £15 per bottle
Reviews & features
The Shandon Belles21 Aug 2008
What lies beneath
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