MacGregors Pie & Ale Howff

MacGregors Pie & Ale Howff
5 Blackfriars Street, Glasgow, G1 1PG
  • Telephone 0141 552 5012
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11am–midnight
  • Average price £5 (lunch); £5 (evening meal)
in association with
Birra Moretti

A traditional pub from the Butterfly & the Pig group, with excellent pies and plenty of ales.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2016 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

From the folks behind the Butterfly & the Pig group of bars and cafés comes this new offering. Set on a quiet, historically palpable Merchant City street, it’s about as old-school as a pub gets, with gambling machine, dartboard, sport on the telly, and a split between bar and lounge sides. The name about says it all: they do ales and pies. There’s plenty of Scottish interest in both, with rotating drinks from national breweries such as Top Out, Alechemy and Fallen. The pies, made in the highly competent Butterfly kitchen, are proper pies – none of this casserole with a pastry lid nonsense. Several fillings include a few with a Scots accent: venison, haggis, an enjoyable breakfast version containing black pud, sausage, mushroom and beans, while ‘duckfast’ is a richly satisfying number utilising the monks' infamous tipple. A blunt choice of accompaniments – beans or mushy peas – add up to an enjoyable, albeit limited, food offering.

  • High point: Pies and ales of the highest order
  • Low point: Pie choice limited later on
  • Live entertainment: Occasional live music, folk sessions, etc
  • Open since: 2016