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 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
- Website www.theanchorline.co.uk
Maritime heritage lives large at this impressively restored Edwardian building near George Square, with transatlantic food and cocktails.
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
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 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