The Thornwood

The Thornwood
724 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6RB
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–late
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Rejuvenated Victorian bar offering an appealing mix of good food and enticing drinks.

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Never has the Thornwood Roundabout and Clyde Expressway looked so good as through the big windows in this nicely refurbished bar. With owner links to the Admiral in the city centre, it’s got a lot of similar care in adeptly treading that line between old-school boozer and modern drinking den. ‘Est. 1890’ it says on the fetching green and tiled exterior, but this is the Victorian pub updated, with decent draughts (Beavertown, Brewdog) and an interesting fridge with lots of nearby Yoker’s own Overtone (excellent milk choc stout). The compact food menu centres on a couple of Glasgow bar faves: a selection of mac and cheeses, with fries of course, and burgers – plus a token salad or two. The kitchen’s given good produce to work with – brioche buns from Bavarian Bakehouse (vegan available) and meat from Gaindykehead Farm make the burger a cut above the norm. ‘No Bams’ says the wry neon sign on the back wall. Good luck with that – this is Thornwood after all – yet they’ll probably be right amid the eclectic and friendly punters that add to the bar’s enticement.

  • High point: A nicely done, sympathetic refurb
  • Low point: Speaker system sounds a bit scrappy
  • Open since: 1890; major refurb 2019
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