The Shandon Belles

The Shandon Belles
652 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8UF
  • Telephone 0141 221 8188
  • Food served Tue–Fri 4–9pm; Sat 3–9pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Average price (set lunch); (evening meal)
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Birra Moretti

Informal, cosy basement bistro from the Two Fat Ladies group, specialising in hearty, wholesome food as part of a bargain set menu.

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Nestled in a quiet residential area of Argyle Street, this cosy little spot is worth the effort it may well take newcomers to find. Situated beneath its renowned sister the Buttery, from the Two Fat Ladies group, the Shandon Belles offers homely, unpretentious dishes at exceptional value for money. A converted tenement, it retains many original features – tasteful art nouveau stained glass and an array of artfully displayed trinkets adorn the walls. The menu changes frequently – a reflection of their commitment to seasonal produce – with wholesome choices elevating the comforting, familiar ambience. Kofta bites to start are hearty and robust, softened nicely by a sweet tomato dipping sauce, while baba ghanoush is silky smooth beside warm pitta bread. Generously portioned main courses include a succulent supreme of chicken swathed in a delicate white wine and garlic sauce or fish and chips, the homemade tartar sauce bringing a welcome sharpness to wonderfully flaky fish and its light, crisp batter. Hospitable staff and a reasonably priced wine list add to the enticements at this secreted-away restaurant.

  • High point: Comforting food in a welcoming environment
  • Low point: No disabled access
  • Notable dish: Supreme of chicken on spinach with white wine and garlic cream
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Northern Soul
  • Capacity: 38
  • Largest group: 42
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £12 per bottle

Reviews & features

The Shandon Belles

21 Aug 2008

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