This review was originally posted on my travel site, www.caitlinjeanrussell.com
Recently I visited Munro’s, located just a few minutes from Glasgow city centre on Great Western Road, for a complimentary meal. Munro’s describe themselves as the “Home of Craft Beer in the West End”, but we all know I was in it for the food. Because of it’s location, the restaurant/ bar has great transport links and is just a stones throw from most of the city’s trendiest bars and clubs.
The interiors are very rustic and eclectic, but very much in the way that bars are rebranding themselves to be. The tiles behind the bar, wooden tables and makeshift stools all added to a very old fashioned feel to the restaurant whilst retaining a luxurious, hipster element to it. The décor combined tartans, leathers and woods to give an authentically Scottish feel whilst the large windows that framed the outer walls let plenty of natural light flood in.
My favourite thing about the food and the other items on the menu was that they were hearty, pub style foods but the restaurant had elevated these often seen meals and elevated them into quality dishes. By using locally sourced produce and blending Scottish pub food with different cooking styles such as Mexican and Italian, Munro’s brings a new level of quality to pub lunching in Glasgow.
I visited for lunch, but their menu is an all day one and served from 12pm until late. The menu is concise and simple, with enough options so satisfy plenty of palates. I will say the menu is exceptionally fair priced, especially when considering the location, with every item on it coming in at under £10. The pricing of the menu is very easy to navigate, as the costings of each courses are extremely consistent. Munro’s is, therefore, a place you would be able to anticipate the price of a meal before visiting, making it ideal for anybody on a specific budget. The starters range from £3.75 to £4.95, and include soups of the day, quesadillas and pizza rolls while the main courses cost either £8.95 or £9.95. The restaurant also offers lunchtime wraps that come with soup or fries for £5.95, an array of bar bites, or sides, for less than £5 and a kids menu that comes at a standard cost of £5.95, a pound more if your little one wants a dessert.
Here’s what we chose from the menu:
- Munro’s Special Chicken Wings Glaze with Louisiana Sauce (4.95) – these gluten free chicken wings came in a generous portion. They had been baked in hot sauce, so the flavour had soaked through the meat, and topped off with more sauce and parsley. If you’re not a fan of spicy food, these wings also come with the option of barbecue sauce.
- Breaded Black Pudding & Haggis Bonbons (£4.95) – not many dishes get more Scottish than this one. Served with a sloe gin and onion chutney, these haggis and black pudding bites are the nicest I’ve tasted. The heat of the haggis was countered by the sweet chutney, and the portion was just the right size for a starter.
- Homemade Steak and Ale Pie (£9.95) – served with the option of mash potatoes or fries and freshly cooked vegetables, this slow cooked steak pie melted in the mouth. Topped with perfectly cooked puff pastry, the ale added a subtle sweetness to the gravy which complimented the rest of the savoury dish well.
- Fresh Beer Battered Haddock and Chips (£9.95) – An example of the local produce made in house, this dish gives you a lot of fish for your money. I love ordering fish and chips when I’m out, and always find the way they are cooked in pubs to be my favourite style. Not too greasy, the right amount of batter and served with a good sized portion of salad and chips. The fish was flaky, tasted fantastic and was served with a gorgeous tartare sauce.
- Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream (£4.50) – I ordered one of the three desserts on the menu, a thick chocolate brownie drizzled in chocolate sauce. The brownie was crisp on top and gooey in the middle, served alongside vanilla ice cream, fresh raspberries and mint leaves.
Overall, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the level of quality food produced by Munro’s, and think the new management have done a fantastic job in creating a cohesive, simple menu with great tasting and affordable food at its core. I will say that the chips were the only disappointing part of the meal, and homemade chips should be available to customers. The staff had a great wealth of knowledge on the new menu as well as their craft beers from across the continent, and were incredibly attentive and welcoming to us.
A definite recommendation, and I will be back!
185 Great Western Road, G4 9EB.
0141 332 0972