Occupying an unlikely spot beside the fire station on Maryhill Road, this attractively refurbed pub is the sort of local everyone wants.
Staff seem genuinely happy to work at the Strathmore, which is always a good sign, and the cosy modern interior, complete with wood-burning stove, creates the perfect venue for relaxed dining or leisurely drinking. The restaurant, in the new conservatory/extension at the back, offers mains such as the Strathy burger – try it with extra chorizo – or the fragrant tiger prawn Goan-style curry. They also do a great pizza, as well as Sunday roast and weekend brunch. School kids, meanwhile, love their skinny fries and hot chocolates on a chilly day. In the pub section, there’s a smallish but carefully selected range of beers and wines, and cocktails such as the dangerously moreish Gin Gin Mule. Although there’s been a pub on this site since 1877, this version is a newcomer, but it doesn’t feel like it, and one hopes it’ll be here for years to come.
- High point: Staff create a sociable atmosphere
- Low point: Live music can be loud
- Notable dish: Goan-style tiger prawn, coconut and tomato curry with pilau rice
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Rock, blues, country, punk
- Live entertainment: pub quiz Tues; open mic Wed; live acoustic Fri; live music from 9 most Sat nights
- Capacity: 120 (20 outdoors)
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 1899 / Current owners 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle