Ubiquitous Chip

Ubiquitous Chip
12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ
  • Telephone 0141 334 5007
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–1am
  • Food served Mon–Wed noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm; Thu–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–11pm; Sun 12.30–3pm, 5–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Fri 5–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £16.95
  • Email
  • Website www.ubiquitouschip.co.uk
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One of Glasgow’s dining institutions – a trailblazer in sourcing and creativity back in the day, and still one of the best venues for a special eating out experience.

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The main dining room at the Chip is something else. An indoor courtyard where foliage overflows and water trickles, where daylight and eventide bring completely different characteristics in through the glass roof, and where Alasdair Gray artwork flanks a portrait of founder Ronnie Clydesdale, lauded as the man who brought locality, seasonality and pride in Scotland’s produce to Glasgow. Times have changed and others have caught up, but the Chip has kept abreast and offers classy, top-end food with its fair share of modern touches. Smoked halibut is just robust enough to stand up to the celeriac and mustard seeds that prickle beneath, while thick shavings of fennel shine as they elevate glazed carrots and smoked cheddar to something far more exciting. There will be game (Galloway deer with a bitter cocoa crumb, for example) and lots of fine fish – a fragrant crust of truffled breadcrumbs atop a brilliant white piece of haddock. This place is an institution, with many regulars. But it’s also one of the city’s genuine destination restaurants, and as that it remains magical – stepping into the space each time is a genuine thrill.

  • High point: Gorgeous dining space and sensational wine list
  • Low point: Sometimes dishes don't exceed the sum of their parts (though those parts are formidable)
  • Notable dish: Their homemade venison haggis, unchanged since 1971
  • Average price: £16.95 (set lunch); £34 (dinner)
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Consistently hovering near the top of any special occasion or fine dining list – and not just those of Glaswegians but also further afield – ‘The Chip’ has been at the forefront of the city’s gastronomy for over 40 impressive years, a sign their formula not only works but excels. Located in the city's bohemian West End, down the pretty cobbles of Ashton Lane, a bewitching dining room awaits – small fairy lights twinkle among the lush green foliage entwined throughout the open courtyard, a small fish pond adds to the outdoors, indoors dining experience. The small seasonal menu includes starters such as Orkney smoked salmon or scallops from Islay, the latter served with lush pumpkin fondant, malt crumble and crunchy pumpkin seeds, a drizzle of seaweed butter adds seasoning and and originality. Mains tend to include a veggie dish plus a couple of fish and game options. Try the Pentland partridge – soft gamey breast sits aside little pillows of gnocchi and a mini cylinder of homemade white pudding, with roast barley and thyme pesto adding crunch and depth to the finish. Service from the young, professional team is refreshing, upbeat and just the right side of formal. All round, a special place to visit.

  • Private dining: Up to 45 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: rarely any music
  • Live entertainment: Live jazz 1st Saturday each month, frequent themed events
  • Capacity: 130
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 1971
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 50
  • House wine: £18.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

Interview: Robin Gray, of Robin’s Herbs

18 Mar 2015

Meet Robin Gray, former chef in a Michelin-starred restaurant, now chief herb-grower on Arran

Robin Gray doesn’t have a website. He doesn’t need one. In fact, as he explains, checking on it would only take him away from his work. There is no sense of hard sell about him and a quick google confirm this: he’s hard to find. Buyers come to me, he…

Q&A: Andrew Mitchell – Ubiquitous Chip

28 Oct 2014

Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? In years gone by, we have had silver birch trees, fairy lights and other magical Christmas Fayre. This year we have something special planned with…

Bar Crawls: Glasgow - The Subcrawl

18 Nov 2011

A truncated version of Glasgow’s infamous subway circuit

The Subcrawl – a circular navigation of pubs nearest the 15 stops of Glasgow’s underground – is an institution not strictly for all. Many stations on the route of the city’s beloved Clockwork Orange, particularly south of the Clyde, emerge in locations…

Glasgow Subcrawl – directions to the bars

16 Nov 2011

Maps and walking directions to help you find all the bars on our List-endorsed Subcrawl

So you're off on our (shorter) Subcrawl? We realise that you might need some clear directions (especially as the night wears on), so here are directions and maps showing the routes from the subway stations to all of our listed bars. Enjoy.

Cooking Up Talent

9 Mar 2011

Ingr3dients, a new 3D mural by Alisdair Gray, to be revealed at Ubiquitous Chip

Here at List Towers, where we love food and adore Alasdair Gray, we were heartened to hear that the two are set to complement each other this month, with a new Gray mural set to be revealed as part of Glasgow’s Ubiquitous Chip’s 40th birthday…

The best breadmakers (and sellers) in Edinburgh and Glasgow

7 Mar 2011

Au Gourmand, Patisserie Dujardin and McGhee's Family Bakers

The appearance of more small artisan bakeries points to an increasing awareness of and demand for proper bread, both from the public and the operations serving them. Around the sandwich shops of the capital Au Gourmand, the Gorgie-based but…

A tribute to Ronnie Clydesdale - the man behind Glasgow's Ubiquitous Chip restaurant

15 Apr 2010

Here at List Towers we’re putting the finishing touches to our annual Eating & Drinking Guide - get it free with the next issue, out on Wednesday 28 April. On that day we’ll be announcing the winners of our Readers’ Choice award, and the Newcomers of…

Food For Thought

24 Apr 2008

I can’t eat breakfast first thing in the morning. I’ll have a milky coffee when I get out of bed, then porridge with Maldon sea salt mid-morning. If I’m in the restaurant, I don’t normally have a sit-down lunch because I end up tasting dishes while I…