The Shandon Belles

The Shandon Belles
652 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8UF
  • Telephone 0141 221 8188
  • Food served Mon-Fri 3–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–9pm
  • Average price £16 (set lunch); £16 (set evening meal)
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Housed in a historically iconic building, well known in the Glasgow restaurant scene, Shandon Belles is found downstairs on entering Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery. Having extended their definitive offering here since 2007, their recognition of the city’s appetite for budget-friendly dining makes a mark in this informal and cosy basement eatery. The food is not adventurous but there is something very honest and upfront about the bistro menu – where a sweet chilli chicken burger with potato wedges can peacefully co-exist alongside a more delicate dish of sea trout with chive mash and a butter sauce. What marries the two, and indeed all the dishes here, is the considered top-quality preparation, cooking and presentation accompanied by astute and unobtrusive service, that is shared with their fine-dining restaurant upstairs. Accompanying the monthly changing two and three-course fixed price menus (there is no à la carte here) is the pleasurable opportunity to enjoy a modestly priced half or full carafe of wine. Desserts such as poached pear with butterscotch sauce rubber stamp the positively satisfying experience to be had, and one which invites you to return multiple times.

  • High point: Excellent food at good-value prices
  • Low point: Chintzy cushions
  • Notable dish: Sea trout with chive mash and butter sauce
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: eclectic
  • Capacity: 46
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £12 carafe 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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