The Best Sunday Roasts in Glasgow
Glasgow is a city with an enviable reputation as not only one of the UK’s largest and most populous cities but a centre of cultural and historical significance. It’s almost a culinary marvel, boasting hundreds of top restaurants offering everything from Michelin star cuisine to award-winning fish and chips.
However, if you’re spending time in the famous Scottish port city on a Sunday afternoon, you’re probably going to have just one question on the tip of your tongue - where do I go for a decent Sunday roast in the city? Mercifully, roast dinner affectionados are spoilt for choice. So, if you’re heading for Glasgow shortly and don’t want to risk missing out on your weekly Sunday afternoon decadence, read on to discover the best restaurants in for a Sunday roast in Glasgow.
The Drake (1 Lynedoch Street, G3 6EF)
A cosy hidden gem that serves up one of the city’s best roasts, The Drake is a quaint pub that knows the real joy of a Sunday roast is in the nostalgia and the way it makes you feel as if you’re sat back around your mum’s kitchen table. A stone’s throw from the city centre on the western end of the city, the pub is a classic Scottish pub with an abundance of character and the roast (served from noon until it runs out) offers an eclectic choice for a very fair price given the sheer size of the portions. The starters are also more than worthy of a mention, with the crisp haggis fingers a particular unique delight.
The Sisters (36 Kelvingrove Street, G3 7RZ)
As the name suggests, The Sisters is run by siblings, one of which is Jacqueline Kelvingrove, a two-time contestant on the BBC’s Great British Menu. Stylish and intimate, The Sisters benefits from an edgy location right by Glasgow’s achingly hip “Hydro” gig venue and a menu that is as decadent as it is eclectic. The restaurant is always packed on Sundays, with the local produce served at a remarkable price and adorned with some truly exceptional and distinctly Scottish passion.
The Butchershop Bar and Grill (1055 Sauchiehall Street, G3 7UD)
Don’t let the name deceive you, whilst it might be famous for its “tomahawk Thursdays,” and it boasts the best steak in Scotland, The Butchershop is just as adept at putting on a spectacular roast. Choose between a succulent sirloin or a melt in the mouth pork chop or indulge in a roast rump of 35-day dry-aged scotch beef for two, carved at your table. Definitely not one for the vegetarians amongst you, but for carnivores, there are few better meals in Scotland, let alone Glasgow.
Stravaigin (28 Gibson Street, Kelvinbridge, G12 8NX)
As a restaurant to styles itself as the “best Scottish restaurant in Glasgow,” Stravaigin certainly talks a good game, but does it deliver on that promise? With a name that translates as “to wander,” the restaurant operates on the ethos of “think global, eat local,” and inhabits that ethos by showcasing the best local produce, prepared in a manner that is in no way tethered to its traditional roots. Open for over 20 years, Stravaigin is something of a Glasgow institution with its ‘exotic’ Scottish cuisine typified admirably by the exquisites Sunday Brunch menu. Swapping roast chicken for wood pigeon and boasting the most such lent roast lamb in the city, this is truly a brunch not to be missed.
The Grill on the Corner (21-25 Bothwell Street, G2 6NL)
The flagship restaurant of the famous Blackhouse brand, The Grill on the Corner is a casual oasis in the heart of the city on the iconic Bothwell Street just two minutes from the central station. The roast here is framed around the meat, which is served alongside roast potatoes, lashings of gravy, a glass of red wine and all the trimmings, including swede mash and buttered shredded cabbage. All for just under £14 to boot!
Gather by Zique (70-72 Hyndland Street, G11 5PT)
A very comfortable and modern European restaurant, Gather is one of the west end’s most interesting and eclectic dining establishments and it serves one hell of a Sunday roast. With two courses for just under £20 and three for just over, it’s certainly not cheap, but you are definitely getting what you pay for. So much more than your typical roast dinner, the choice here is fine dining with a twist, with extensive vegetarian options and some truly unique takes on classic seafood dishes. The dessert, meanwhile, is worth the price of admission alone, with the buttermilk and rosemary pannacotta a particular highlight.
Bothy (11 Ruthven Lane, Hillhead, G12 9BG)
Whilst other restaurants might offer a Sunday roast as a gesture, The Bothy absolutely owns it. Indeed, the unique, traditional venue is famous for it. Situated in the west end just off Byres Road, you’ll be served by kilted staff offering a warm welcome and modern classic food lent a distinctly modern twist. This is more than your typical roast, but still holds those flavours (with all the trimmings) and that atmosphere close to its heart.
From traditional beef and chicken to the more decidedly exotic and everything in between, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better roast dinner anywhere else in the UK than at any of the fines establishments listed above. So, take your pick and get those gravy boats at the ready!
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