The Pipers' Tryst
- Box office 0141 353 0220
- General enquiries 0141 353 5551
- Opening times Mon–Thu 8am–10pm; Fri & Sat 8am–midnight. Closed Sun.
- Seasonal times Closed Christmas Day, and Jan 1st–4th
- Bar open Mon–Fri 11am–11pm; Sat 11am–11.45pm. Closed Sun.
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–2.45pm, 5–8.15pm; Sat noon–2.45pm, 5–9.15pm. Closed Sun.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5–7pm
- Average price £15.95 (set lunch); £18 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15.95
- Website www.thepipingcentre.co.uk
Traditional, cosy and hearty, yet far from twee, the Piper's Tryst is a haven for lovers of Scottish cuisine.
Situated next door to, and affiliated with, the National Piping Centre at Cowcaddens, the cosy Pipers’ Tryst bar-restaurant boasts ‘true Scottish fayre with a twist’, so accordingly the menu features locally sourced produce including Fraserburgh haddock, Ramsay of Carluke haggis and Ayrshire butter and bacon. While the décor could be considered rather bland despite the odd bit of tartan dotted here and there, the cuisine is considerably more interesting. The starter of Arran cheddar fondue – which comes in a large mug served with garlic and herb soldiers – is so good you’ll be reluctant to leave even the smallest drop. The rich island cheese features in the mains, too, including in the generously portioned macaroni and the leek tartlet. A sandwich of chicken with black pudding is thoroughly enjoyable, while the smoked haddock and pea risotto, topped with a poached egg, is filling. Take advantage of the tempting lunch deals on offer here, with two courses priced £15.95 or three for £17.95 at select times during the day.
- High point: The chicken and black pudding sandwich
- Low point: Distinct lack of oatmeal in the cranachan
- Notable dish: Beer battered haggis goujons
- Private dining: Up to 130 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 8
- Provides: 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 music
- Live entertainment: Next door in the Piping Centre, and sometimes have musicians in jamming but this is not regular
- Capacity: 42 (8 outdoors)
- Largest group: 42
- Open since: 1998
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £19 per bottle