Shilling Brewing Company
The UK-wide Glendola Leisure group serve up their own beer and pizzas in an attractive building in the city centre – with four in-house brews, plus Scottish and global beers.
The UK-wide Glendola Leisure group – owners of Alston Bar & Beef, Gordon St Coffee, etc – have crafted a brewpub from their previous incumbent Horton’s and uncovered more of the attractive former bank building with a refurb (check out the old vault doors into the loos … once you tackle the labyrinth to find them.) There’s a minor unicorn theme with a mural and IPA named after the national animal of Scotland (yes, really), part of the core range from head brewer Declan McCaffrey (previously of Southside mini-microbrewery Clockwork Beer Co). Also included is Glasgow Red (arguably their best), and The Steamie, a blonde ale, while Full-on Nettle Racket is on a more regularly changing small-batch tap. Sustenance is via a compact pizza menu, dished up from visible cupola ovens, mixing the classics such as pepperoni (jalapeños may prove excessive) or ham and pineapple with the more intriguing such as haggis, lamb mince or the enjoyable artichoke and goat’s cheese. It’s all decent, even if Shilling’s hipsteresque, craft-minded ambitions can get a little muddied in the blur of city-centre suits and post-work quaffing.