Bilson Eleven

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Bilson Eleven
10 Annfield Place, Glasgow, G31 2XQ
  • Telephone 0141 554 6259
  • Seasonal times Closed early January
  • Food served Wed–Sun 5–9pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Email
  • Website bilsoneleven.co.uk
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Bilson Eleven

A fine-dining first for Dennistoun, dishing up inventive takes on Scottish flavours in a 19th-century townhouse.

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A high-profile and damning national review pulled the proverbial tartan-cladded pants down of Bilson Eleven shortly after opening, citing an overuse of technique and overt pomposity in presentation — both on the plate and in front-of-house manner. Rather than retreating into a cocoon of culinary self-doubt, the team at Bilson wisely remained steadfast in their aim of showcasing Scottish food with a refined and innovative touch. A tasting menu comprises six distinct courses with two additions to bring balance to a thoroughly impressive meal. The first, ‘snacks’, is a lobster bisque of remarkable intensity dotted with bloody mary gel, the second, a ‘wee bridge’, acts as a conduit between main and dessert. Combinations are, more often than not, mesmerising when it comes to primary courses – cured trout works remarkably well with a sharp verdita sauce, while beef ‘young and old’, is all about a silky smooth artichoke purée that marries two cuts, veal fillet and glazed beef short rib, in perfect harmony. Bilson Eleven isn’t one for a quick midweek dinner – enjoy the pre-dinner drink in the upstairs lounge and the assured, charming hospitality of a restaurant that is comfortable in its own culinary identity.

The List's rating
8.6

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Rory McGinley visited Bilson Eleven on 14 March 2018
  • High point: Memorable meal in unique setting
  • Low point: Miso tuille with grated apple
  • Notable dish: Orange tart, rye, treacle and ginger ice-cream
  • Average price: £49/69 for 5/8 courses (set dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 8 covers
  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Blues / soul / indie
  • Capacity: 28
  • Largest group: 14
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
  • House wine: £24 per bottle

Reviews & features

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31 May 2018

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Best Scottish restaurants in Glasgow

17 Apr 2018

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2017 edition of The List Eating and Drinking Guide is released

18 Apr 2017

Popular restaurant guide announces award winners including Norn, Bilson Eleven and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The 2017 edition of The List Eating and Drinking Guide is out and available to buy Wed 19 Apr. In the guide, the 24th annual round-up of the eating out scene in Edinburgh and Glasgow, nearly 1000 eating and drinking venues have been covered by a team of…

Bilson Eleven: 'a skilled chef is spreading his wings, flashing inventive culinary nods and winks'

3 Feb 2017

An 1850s townhouse in the East End of Glasgow is the setting for the small but ambitious and distinctive new restaurant Bilson Eleven

Head into the East End from High Street and, if you're prepared to look, history is all around. Cross the largely unseen Molendinar Burn, around which the city was born, catch glimpses of the Cathedral and Necropolis, and onwards past Drygate, an area…