An old-school survivor in the trendy Merchant City, offering bar, restaurant and hotel.
Not much has changed at Rab Ha’s for many years, which is no bad thing. It was very much in the vanguard of the rebranding of the Merchant City and this pub and restaurant was among the first places in the city to proudly sell Scottish produce – in the same vein as its near neighbours Café Gandolfi and Babbity Bowster. A couple of decades down the line it is sticking to its principles and still serving a traditional Scottish menu. It features a good Cullen skink along with haggis, neeps and tatties – veggie or regular. Rab’s steak and ale pie is always a pleaser, too. And the portions are generous – it is, after all, named after the early 19th-century ‘Glesca Glutton’, who used to devour huge tablefuls of food in front of a paying crowd. But it’s really the kind of place to go for good pint, a chat with the locals and a chance to take your seat in one of the city’s friendliest pubs.
- High point: Cheery pub atmosphere
- Low point: Menu a little dated
- Notable dish: Haggis, neeps and tatties
- No. overnight rooms: 4
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: MOR
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 1990
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £15.25 per bottle