The Best Places to Eat & Drink in Glasgow this Festive Season
Winter is coming if you haven’t already gathered, and with it, a snowstorm of jolly offers and Christmas deals at Glasgow’s finest eateries. But what if you simply can’t eat at every one of them before the year is out? Well, we’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you by scouring the city’s restaurants and clearing plates left, right and centre (we know, it’s an awful job), to find and curate the ultimate list of Glasgow’s best festive feasts…
La Lanterna Hope Street (35 Hope Street) & West End (447 Great Western Road)
With the newly opened West End restaurant fresh from winning its ‘Best Newcomer‘ award, and the long-established City Centre restaurant boasting ‘Best Restaurant’ awards four consecutive years in a row, it’ll come as no surprise that La Lanterna dishes up Christmas to absolute precision. The City Centre restaurant will be serving up Christmas Early (2 courses from £17.95, 3 from £22.95) and Evening Menus (3 courses for £30) from 1st-31st Dec. And if you want to go west, you can similarly choose from an alternative Early or Evening menu, selecting from authentic Italian fare from risottos to ravioli, tiramisu to turkey (yes, with all the trimmings!).
Our only word of warning? They are long accustomed to becoming fully booked by the time Christmas rolls around, so advance booking is essential. You can do so online at either the West End or City Centre restaurant.
Malmaison – Chez Mal, 278 West George Street
We can hardly resist an afternoon tea at the best of times, so if you’re going to put a festive twist on it then we’re pretty much helpless. Chez Mal’s Christmas & New Year version includes a glass of Prosecco, Christmas fruitcake, mince pie, festive gingerbread biscuit, yule log, sherry trifle, turkey, cranberry and stuffing wrap, Mal slider, scones, pig in blanket brioche roll AND your choice of speciality tea. All for £25. Phew.
Chez Mal have only got a few spaces remaining for Christmas Day For just £85pp, you can sit back and relax while we take care of the festive cooking and clean-up. Call 0141 572 1020 today to book your nearest and dearest a space at the table.
And when it comes to Dec 31st, oh boy, that’s when the party really gets going. Malmaison’s New Year’s Party package has the Champagne is on ice, DJs poised, and squashy bed at the ready for you to fall into when you can’t throw those shapes any longer; from £309 you’ll indulge in on overnight stay, New Year’s dinner, full breakfast and entertainment, not to mention a cheeky discount if you choose to stay a second night.
The jolly folks at Malmaison have even more exclusive offers yet to give, including a special package price of £35pp on Friday 1st December, including 3 courses and a half bottle of wine per person (available for groups of 8-80 people for lunch or dinner) or private dining on Saturday 9th December with the “Celebrate Like Nobody’s Watching” package from £35pp including a Prosecco reception, a 3-course meal, half bottle of wine per person AND free room hire for up to 60 people!
But if you’re reeeaaally not in the party mood and just want a relaxing meal, the wonderful Festive Prix Fixe menu (£19.95 for two courses) and winter cocktail menu to wash it all down with will be available all season long for you to enjoy.
Mini Grill, 224A Bath Street
Fitting for the festive season! One of Glasgow’s best-kept secrets tucked away below the bustle of Bath Street. This family-run eatery has a small but expertly curated menu, with traditional gastro dishes amidst a range unique Scottish twists. Come for the locally produced food, the good eating and the familiar, Scottish twists on the Christmas classics. Stay for the amazing service, friendly surroundings and the menu deals that ensure you enjoy the best food at the best price. Mini Grill can’t wait to welcome you…
Avoid family arguments about who managed to overcook the Brussel sprouts and remove them from the kitchen altogether – Mini Grill is open on Christmas Day! Sittings are from 1pm – 4pm and include all the trimmings for just £59.95pp (under-14s £29.95).
Plans for the big day sorted already? You can still enjoy the restaurant’s renowned Scottish fare throughout December on the 3 course premium Christmas menu (£32.95 for lunch, £39.95 for dinner) when you book in advance. And if you’re off to the theatre (if you’re not, stop being a grinch and go book a panto) you can bag 20% off the A La Carte menu when you show your theatre ticket (Sun-Fri ’til 5:45pm and Sat until 2pm). Mini grill. Mega offers.
Black Dove truly stands at Shawlands’ forefront as one of the gems responsible for bolstering Southside’s increasingly exciting larder, and there’s no sign of that slowing down as we approach the festive peak, as this crackerful of exclusive menus shows: the Christmas Lunch (2 courses £17.95, 3 courses for £21.95), Christmas Dinner (3 courses for £29.95) AND Christmas Day menu (an astonishing 3 courses for £50). Stars of the show include pan-seared duck breast and monkfish tails alongside the traditional roast turkey. But if your calendar is fully booked until Christmas, make a trip for New Year’s Eve instead, dining off the sensational Hogmanay Tasting Menu, which comprises of a whopping 9 courses for £50, plus £30 for matching wines. Get booking by calling 0141 231 1021 or online here.
Our pals at ItIsOn Glasgow are offering Black Dove diners the perfect Christmas present! You can enjoy Black Dove’s delicious 8-course tasting menu for two with fizz for £45 instead of £92…Shop here.
Can’t make it for NYE either? Ho, ho, holy moly you’ve still got the chance to attend one of many Christmas Movie Nights, when the restaurant will transform into a pop-up cinema, bestowing the universal magic of the likes of Elf, Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Die Hard, obviously (anyone that doesn’t agree that this is a Christmas movie has serious problems).
Barbarossa simply is a perfect family venue for this most wonderful time of the year. The team has created a festive menu with its signature mix of Scottish and Italian food to help you celebrate the office party, family gathering or just a good ol’ knees-up with pals. Sink into a two-course lunch from £15.90 and three courses from £19.50, or a festive two-course dinner for £23.95 and £28.50 for three.
Is your party of epic proportions? Get the function room booked out, which can accommodate up to 42 guests, for absolutely no hire charge! There are no Scrooges when it comes to Barbarossa. Call 0141 560 3898 to book.
Saint Luke’s, 17 Bain Street
Iconic for belting gigs, atmospheric interiors and cracking murals, Saint Luke’s serves up plates of goodness seven days a week in the Winged Ox Kitchen. Think winter warmers and Christmas comfort food fit to combat the Weegie winter, such as pizzas, kebabs, mac’n’cheese and fish suppers. But what’s the one thing that no Christmas is complete without? Yep, Home Alone (if you had another answer to this question, then you are mistaken), and the folks at Saint Luke’s sure have made like Santa and delivered this year with their Home Alone special. Suitable for all ages, get your bums on seats for screenings of Home Alone 1 & 2 (with kids going free!) on Sunday 17th December. Get tickets now, ya filthy animal.
Bucks Bar, 111 West Regent Street
Have a gobble this Christmas in Buck’s turkey-free party zone. The rock’n’roll bar specialises in authentic buttermilk fried chicken, cocktails, beers and Bourbon, so good times are guaranteed to roll. A festive menu will be available throughout December with specials including Eggnog Hardshake, XXXX Christmas Burger and Corndogs in Blankets. If you feel like chicken tonight (or any night before the end of the year, for that matter), book now.
The Swan Inn, 23 Polnoon St, Eaglesham
Steeped in years of country life history, The Swan Inn has undergone a transformational 2017, welcoming in new management, a slick refurbishment, and a shiny award in the form of ‘Best Casual Dining’ at the 2017 Scottish Bar & Pub Awards, recognising it as one of the most popular pub restaurants in Glasgow. Jingle all the way to the end of the year with great pub grub by making the most of its three stellar festive options: book a Party Night from only £25 per head for three courses (live music optional), dine on the Festive Market Menu for a Christmas budget-friendly £14.95 (2 courses) and £16.95 (3 courses), and bring in 2018 at the Hogmanay Hootenanny with live music, buffet and piper at the bells.
Bar Soba, 11 Mitchell Lane, 79 Albion Street & 116-112 Byres Road
Pan Asian favourite, Bar Soba, has your Christmas jolly sorted thanks to its Christmas Boozy Brunch! This delicious 2-course includes a sharing platter, main course, plus FOUR drinks per person (ding dong merrily on high), and is available 7 days a week in December, from 12pm-4pm at only £29.50 per person. Additionally, a Christmas Lunch menu is available for £19.95 and a Christmas Dinner menu for £24.95. When it comes to the food, you’ll be greeted with favourites like salt and pepper squid, Balinese chicken sate, katsu curry, pad Thai and even a Soba special – a roast turkey diner. Simply book online.
BAAD, A’Challtainn Fish Restaurant & Bar, Barras, 54 Calton Entry
Get to know the winner of the 2017/18 The List ‘Newcomer’ award. A’Challtainn (pronounced A Cawl Tain, Gaelic for Calton, meaning “the hazel wood”) is a restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of BAaD at the Barras. Serving the finest sustainably sourced Scottish fish and shellfish, alongside carefully crafted meat and vegetarian dishes, the team’s expert knowledge brings you the best offerings of our Scottish land and seas. A suitably festively fishy Christmas menu is December’s catch of the month, reeling in dishes such as confit trout, fish stew, seared salmon and a partridge in a pear tree. All at an astonishingly low £39.50 for a trio of courses. There are only a few places left, so book swiftly.
*Actually minus the pear tree.
Bavarian Brauhaus, 30 Bothwell Street
Enjoy Bavarian brilliance, without having to book a flight out of the country; the eatery and bier house offers an authentic German experience in the heart of Glasgow. Look no further if you’re on the hunt for a post-work pint pit-stop, or go the whole hog and get the work’s party booked so you can sit down to the special festive menu, suitably packed with bratwurst, sauerkraut, spanferkel and strudel, all available until 23rd December. Oh, and the live oompah band will be playing Friday and Saturday evenings throughout. Prost!
Bunker, 193-199 Bath Street
Did somebody say, “FREE WINE”?!? Bunker did, and boy is that exactly the kind of festive spirit we find truly commendable. All you have to do to receive this generous offering is book a 2-course festive lunch (£16.95) or 3-course festive dinner (£19.95) to receive your complimentary bottle. When it comes to the food itself, you’ll find all those festive favourites that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside; think roast turkey, slow-braised beef, gingerbread and warm mince pies. Boasting a cracking central location in the heart of Bath-street, Bunker is undoubtedly the perfect haunt for eating, drinking and partying, from lunch until late, in big groups or small. Get bunked up and book now.