Birdtree & Bellfish

Birdtree & Bellfish
Lorne Hotel, 923 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 7TQ
  • Telephone 0141 330 1552
  • Bar open Mon-Sun noon-11.45pm
  • Food served Mon-Sun noon-10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu noon–7pm; Fri/Sat noon–6pm
  • Average price £12.95 (set lunch); £25 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12.95
  • Email
  • Website www.thelorneglasgow.com/birdtree-bellfish/
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Named after the famous Glasgow rhyme, this restaurant in the Lorne Hotel dishes up traditional Scottish favourites alongside more modern twists.

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Fair play to Birdtree & Bellfish – as Scottish restaurants in Glasgow go, this one stands out, if not always for the right reasons. Situated in a grand, if slightly hidden away corner of the Lorne Hotel on Sauchiehall Street, it’s all about food and drink that puts our national cuisine on the world stage – albeit not necessarily in the most positive light. Take a starter from their neat and very reasonably priced market menu, for instance, of Buckfast-glazed chicken chaat, which sounds like something that might happen among hungry revellers at a party at 4am. A cheese beano is meanwhile literally just that – no ironic deconstructions here, just a pile of molten cheddar and beans on a doorstep-thick slice of toasted white bread. Scotland’s other national drink goes into the batter of the Irn-Bru fish supper, which – between the pickled onions and mushy peas sides – is just some newspaper wrapping away from being a proper chippy dish. Speaking of the chippy, a deep-fried Mars Bar dessert, or ‘efter’, is tarted up with some rum and raisin ice-cream, but still a pure dead guilty pleasure.

  • High point: A fun antidote to some po-faced serious foodie restaurants in Finnieston
  • Low point: Bright white lights a relaxing atmosphere do not make
  • Notable dish: Cheese beano
  • Average price: £12.95 (set lunch); £25 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 25 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 108
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Pop
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5