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.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The Pipers' Tryst strikes the balance of aesthetic that most restaurants boasting their Scottish authenticity fail to achieve; while there are hints of tartan around the bright airy room and little pieces of history on the walls, they do well never to stray into gimmicky territory. The busy restaurant benefits from being next door to the National Piping Centre, yet it also attracts visitors in its own right, drawn in by the family-friendly atmosphere and the reasonable lunch deal. The menu offers everything you would expect – starters of Cullen skink and haggis, and sausage and mash main – but also presents a few surprises, including the mac’n’cheese with chorizo, chilli and herb crumble or the monkfish cheek starter. For those who like to share, the rosemary baked camembert for two, presented beautifully with salad and toasted bread, is a decadent and delicious appetiser. The cod fillet is a delicate and refined dish, although fans of fish who are feeling hungry should opt for the Fraserburgh haddock supper.
- High point: Traditional done well
- Low point: Not much choice for vegetarians
- Notable dish: Daube of beef / fish and chips
- 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