The Anchor Line
- 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 Mon–Sun 10am–10pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 3pm–6.30pm; Fri 3–6pm
- Average price £22 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15.95
- Website www.theanchorline.co.uk
Maritime heritage lives large at this impressively restored Edwardian building near George Square, with transatlantic food and cocktails.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The nautical theme runs deep into the Edwardian building restored to house The Anchor Line – the Di Maggio groups upmarket flagship that pays homage to the shipping company whose former offices the restaurant occupies. There’s printed memorabilia of transatlantic voyages, sunken leather booths for the first-class diners, plus a menu that takes influence from, and bridges, both geographical points. The maritime peak is scaled by oysters Rockefeller, with this version simply topped with spinach and garlic butter, relying solely on the quality of its main ingredient (a more adventurous variation features porter black ale). Scallops – another jewel of the sea – rest on corn purée – a tricky but well-balanced combination that strikes the right notes of rich, sweet and buttery. From sea to land sees the appearance of the increasingly popular Josper grill – a reliable ally for a variety of prime cuts of Scottish beef. Deriving its signature cocktails from the pre and post-prohibition era – there are some mocktails for the bit in between – the art deco bar parallels the restaurant with a menu that is of Scots-American descent.
- High point: The Gatsby-esque feel of the feature bar
- Low point: £20 and upwards for lobster mac and cheese
- Notable dish: Scallops with corn puree, Parma ham
The Anchor Line is a venue of scale exhibiting all the opulence of its heyday – a sympathetically restored A-grade listed building once the home of the shipping company of the same name. Edwardian architecture and memorabilia reflects a rich maritime heritage of transatlantic ocean-liners that brought prosperity and lasting legacy to the city. Smart bartenders, all waistcoats and shiny shoes, will lovingly mix ‘speakeasy’ classic cocktails to your taste from the art deco focal point bar. Flexible private dining rooms and choice of menus extend this venue to meet many occasion. Subtle applewood and juniper smoked salmon woven between pepper-crusted tuna carpaccio is a fresh, albeit no-frills appetiser that leaves you hankering for the mains to arrive. Finest Scotch beef cuts are given the Josper grill treatment with choice of signature hand-cut chips or straw fries. Grilled whole sea bass has nicely crisped skin and soft flesh beneath served with well-seasoned baby roast tatties that warrant a tangier salsa verde for balance. If you’re in a New York state of mind then try the classic cheesecake or signature sundae with a dash of bourbon for a true celebration of Scots-American nostalgia.
- Private dining: Up to 45 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Live entertainment: Session pianist
- Capacity: 250
- Largest group: 250
- Open since: September 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
- House wine: £17.95 per bottle