The Pipers' Tryst

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The Pipers' Tryst
The National Piping Centre, 30–34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW
  • Box office 0141 353 0220
  • General enquiries 0141 353 5551
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 8am–10pm; Fri & Sat 8am–midnight. Closed Sun.
  • Bar open Mon–Fri 11am–11pm; Sat 11am–11.45pm. Closed Sun.
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.45pm, 5–8.30pm; Fri noon–2.45pm, 5–9pm; Sat noon–2.45pm, 5–9pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5–6.45pm
  • Pre-theatre price £15.95
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The Pipers' Tryst

Traditional, cosy and hearty, the Pipers' Tryst provides Scottish cuisine with a twist.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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The menu at the Pipers’ Tryst features wholesome Scottish ingredients in some traditional dishes that draw inspiration from Granny’s kitchen, while delivering some delicious contemporary twists. It’s an approach highlighted by steaming hot clootie dumpling fusing tastes of winter spice and cloves to warm ‘yer thrapple,’ complemented by a whisky ice-cream and a honey drizzle – this dish is a real winner. Using local ingredients, the pan-fried lamb rump impresses with delicately curated flavours and textures, atop grilled courgette, with a sweet chunky tomato stew, while goats’ cheese bon-bons burst with flavour, assuring another excellent dish. The staff are very enthusiastic and clued up on the venue’s history, the events they host and what’s on in the surrounding area. This brasserie is ideal for dinner and then a show. Sharing the National Piping Centre, who run courses for hundreds of piping students from all over the world, the Pipers’ Tryst offers a fine venue during Celtic Connections, hosting live music and situated directly opposite the Theatre Royal. A fitting and enticing place to indulge in both culture and food.

The List's rating






Fionn Corbett visited The Pipers' Tryst on 17 January 2019
  • High point: Enthusiastic staff
  • Low point: Hidden away from the centre
  • Notable dish: Clootie dumpling
  • Average price: £15.95 (set lunch); £19 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 120 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 8
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Traditional Scottish
  • Live entertainment: Next door in the Piping Centre, hosting venue in celtic connections
  • Capacity: 42 (16 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 42
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £21 per bottle