The Pipers' Tryst

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, 5–9.15pm. 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 Piper's Tryst provides Scottish cuisine with a twist.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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As part of the National Piping Centre, the Pipers’ Tryst is a haven of homely cooking, which will certainly offer appeal to tourists. While the centre itself is steeped in tradition, its walls clad with pictures of proud pipers through the ages, and even a bagpipe shop to complete the picture, the adjoining restaurant is subtly styled and has its own still distinctly Scottish feel. For starters, potato skins with haggis are a joy. Perfectly cooked and oozing with melted cheese, it exemplifies the venue’s ethos of providing Scottish food with a twist. Filling mains are unpretentious well-presented dishes such as a creamy macaroni cheese (in four varieties) or specials such as delicate sea bass with mash. The lunch and pre-theatre menu for two or three courses offers great value, and draws in plenty of custom ahead of shows at the nearby Theatre Royal.

The List's rating






Kevin Scott visited The Pipers' Tryst on 20 March 2018
  • High point: The things they do with haggis
  • Low point: Feels a bit removed from the city centre
  • Notable dish: Ramsay of Carluke haggis potato skins
  • Average price: £15.95 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 130 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 8
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Ambient
  • Live entertainment: Next door in the Piping Centre
  • Capacity: 42 (16 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 42
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £19 per bottle