The Shandon Belles

The Shandon Belles
652 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8UF
  • Telephone 0141 221 8188
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–10pm; Fri–Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–9pm
  • Average price £15 (set lunch); £15 (set evening meal)
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The Shandon Belles sits underneath Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery. Planned as a lighter, quicker, cheaper alternative to the well-known fine-dining establishment, it offers no-fuss, fixed price lunches and dinners. This, and the cheerful, quirky décor, makes it an ideal spot for friends or colleagues who want to avoid the stress of divvying up the bill. It is also a few minutes’ walk from the new Hydro. As would be expected from the pedigree of the Two Fats parent group, the food and the service is very good. It is not exactly groundbreaking but it is very well put together and with three courses for £18 it offers fantastic value for money. There are other benefits of the group ties. Diners are welcome to enjoy the plush Buttery bar first and – because of the steep steps – wheelchair users and their guests can, by prior arrangement eat from the Shandon Belles menu upstairs. And, as an extra nod to people and the planet, there are two Plan Bee hives on the roof enabling Two Fat Ladies to produce its own honey.

  • High point: Quality dining at great value
  • Low point: Feels like a basement
  • Notable dish: Fish of the day
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 46
  • Largest group: 48
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £12 per bottle

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The Shandon Belles

21 Aug 2008

What lies beneath

The problem of second spaces is a dogged one for restaurants. A successful venue is always keen to make more tables available, but knows that the atmosphere, or the logistics, just don’t work so well in a room that’s tucked awkwardly through the back or…

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2. Alastair McFarlane4 Jun 2010, 1:53pm5 stars The Shandon Belles Report

The atmosphere is terrific, the staff are efficient, friendly and simply superb all the time and every time...and, just as important, the food and the value simply cannot be bettered. This is Glasgow's hidden gem, the place where other those running catering establishments should be sent to let them see just how far behind the competition they are. Don't tell too many people just how faboulous this place is and the how helpful the's got it all!!

1. Ashleigh14 May 2010, 10:20pm5 stars The Shandon Belles Report

This restaurant is absolutely fantastic! From the moment we walked through the stain glass door we were mesmerised by every nook and crannie of the place. Dainty and comfortable, candle lit and cosy, the food was to die for, we had fish, meat and veg dishes and all were as good as each other. The service was second to none, the perfect balance of friendly and attentive. It was a little hard to find, but so worth the looking for, and it has a little car park too, which is a weight of the designated drivers mind! A brilliantly charming place.

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