The Anchor Line

The Anchor Line
12-16 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G1 2EU
  • Telephone 0141 248 1434
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri 11am–1am; Sat 10am–1am; Sun 10am–midnight
  • Bar open Sun–Tue noon–11pm; Wed/Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am
  • Food served Sun–Thu 9am-10pm; Fri/Sat 9am–10.30pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 11am–6.30pm; Fri 11am–6pm
  • Average price £15.95 (set lunch); £22 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £15.95
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  • Website www.theanchorline.co.uk
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Maritime heritage lives large at this impressively restored Edwardian building near George Square, with transatlantic food and cocktails.

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With its high, intricately corniced and pillared ceilings and elaborately grand entranceway – all reminders of the premises’ past as home to the shipping company of the same name – the Anchor Line, flagship upper-bracket bistro of the Di Maggio group, doesn’t need to work too hard to revive a feeling of pre-war Transatlantic glamour. Pull up a stool at the marble island bar and get in the spirit with a classic cocktail mixed by a smart-looking bartender in tie and waistcoat. The dining room lays on the nautical heritage with colourful old cruise posters and photos of New York. Much of the menu not surprisingly mines the culinary riches of the deep around Scotland, from starters of Cumbrae, Rockefeller and Kilpatrick oysters to a main of lobster frites. You need to dive deep to find the shallots, vermouth and saffron cream broth that the Shetland mussels have been steamed in, but that reflects how packed the pot is, and the accompanying skinny fries are pleasingly stringy thin. Complete your culinary trip across the Atlantic with a slice of maple and pecan cheesecake or a Knickerbocker-style ice-cream sundae.

  • High point: Really looks the part
  • Low point: Diving deep to find the broth for those mussels
  • Notable dish: Maple & pecan cheesecake
  • Average price: £15.95 (set lunch); £22 (dinner)
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  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Inaudible
  • Live entertainment: Session pianist - Thu, Fri, Sat evening, Sat, Sun lunch
  • Capacity: 250
  • Largest group: 250
  • Open since: September 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £18.95 per bottle