Reviewed by Lorna Templeton
Sloans is a Glasgow institution. The oldest bar and restaurant in Scotland’s biggest city, it’s handily placed right in the centre of town and attracts a lively and eclectic crowd, even on a school night. We popped in for a bite to eat fairly early one Tuesday evening and enjoyed the buzz of a setting where post-office pint quaffers mingled with American tourists.
You can take your meal in the cosy bar area or lay claim to a table in the adjoining restaurant. Either way, the food is great with fast and friendly service to match.
For starters, we enjoyed a plate of bread and hummus, brought to life by a wedge of grilled vegetables and a sprinkling of pinenuts. We also tucked into a delicious layered aubergine parmigiana, already feeling plenty full before the mains even arrived.
Not wishing to let down the readers, we fought bravely on and shared another two quite beautiful dishes: a hog roast bap (still slavering at the thought of the appleslaw…) and a quirky ham hock and Stornoway black pudding hash, topped off with not one, but two chunky fried eggs.
There’s something for everyone on the reasonably priced lunch and dinner menus, and the wee ones are well catered for as well. Our only regret was that we didn’t come in on a Friday night, when the ever popular Ceilidh takes place in the upstairs ballroom.
If you’re looking for a hearty city-centre bite in relaxed surroundings, Sloans is definitely a top bet. If you’re really lucky, you might even ship up there on a sunny day, in which case you can enjoy the last of the post-dinner rays with a glass of the good stuff on one of their nice wee outdoor courtyard tables.
For more information, to view menus or book a table visit www.sloansglasgow.com