Alston Bar & Beef

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Alston Bar & Beef
Central Station, 79 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SQ
  • Telephone 0141 221 7627
  • Bar open Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–10pm
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–8.15pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu noon–6.30pm; Fri noon–6pm; Sat noon–4pm.
  • Pre-theatre price £15
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Alston Bar & Beef

Photo: Renzo Mazzolini

Well-pitched and well-priced steakhouse with a modern feel in the most Central location of all.

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Amid the bustle of Central Station’s main entrance it is easy to miss the staircase leading down to the blue-lit arches of Alston Bar and Beef beneath. The stylish bar is set under the first arch and the restaurant under the second, and here the focus is firmly on gin and beef. There are over a hundred gins on the menu, which is perfect for a final cocktail before the last train – with one eye on the screen discretely showing the train times in the corner. The steaks are truly impressive, Tweed Valley beef dry-hung for 35 days, and offered in a variety of cuts from simple rump to chateaubriand. Supporting the beef are a range of thoughtful starters, such as salmon served with the delicate aniseed of pickled fennel and a sweet, sharp orange sauce, or the crunchy courgette and corn fritters served with a chilli tzatziki that just needs a bit more kick. Alongside the steak, mains include a couple of fish and veggie dishes, and for those that want to play it safe, there’s the Alston burger – juicy, sumptuous and gently collapsing under its own weight, loaded with pulled pork, truffle mayo, and gooey stringy cheese.

The List's rating






PWH visited Alston Bar & Beef on 17 February 2019
  • High point: Dazzling array of gin
  • Low point: Train station prices
  • Notable dish: Steak frites
  • Average price: £15 (set lunch); £32 (dinner)
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  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Soft electro
  • Capacity: 86
  • Largest group: 15
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

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