Group Dining in Glasgow
Group dining in Glasgow can be great, but finding a place that suits the entire group can be challenging. By the time you’ve factored in the fussy, unadventurous eaters and the veggies or vegans, set a reasonable price limit that scores out the high-end establishments which, even the most boujee of diners put their foot down to, usually this doesn’t leave much else other than the local greasy spoon. Not that there’s anything wrong with the greasy spoon – but it’s Christmas, and you want somewhere with ambiance and at least a slither of sophistication, right?
Café Andaluz– City Centre (St Vincent Place) and West End (Creswell lane)
Christmas means sharing, and what better to share than tapas? Café Andaluz is one of Glasgow’s most beloved Spanish restaurants. Serving classic Andalusian dishes which are hearty and fresh, arriving as soon as they are ready. For veggies, there is an extensive menu full of Mediterranean vegetables and Spanish cheeses. And if tapas doesn’t suffice, go all out and share a traditional Valencian Paella; so fresh you can eat it straight from the pan. Aside from the authentic food, the best part of a trip to Café Andaluz is the beautifully decorated interior, with its elegant Moorish tiles that are so typical of those found in the likes of Seville or Malaga.
There’s no need to rush your food down here. Take your time over a few bottles of Spanish wine to take in the electric atmosphere. Our personal favourites include the patatas bravas and the asparagus salad, but there really is something for everyone.
Halloumi– City centre (Hope Street) and Southside (Pollockshaws Road)
Ever been to Greece? Halloumi is another tapas favourite which serves the most authentic Greek food in Glasgow (as we are told by a real-life Greek person). The best thing about Greek cuisine is the rich use of olive oil and herbs like oregano, which elevate even the simplest of dishes. Tear into some pitta bread and tzatziki to start, and then fill your plate with Greek classics. These include Moussaka (lamb, aubergine, potato and cheese), Souvlaki (grilled meats) and Gyros (Pitta wrap with chips, salad and meat/halloumi). Again, tons of veggie/vegan options too. Although, be sure, no trip here is complete without the halloumi fries, which literally melt in your mouth.
Francos– West end (Queen Margaret Drive)
For something simpler, head west and give Francos a visit, or perhaps better known as the pub from trainspotting. Once a bit of an old-man’s pub, this local favourite has had a makeover in recent years but has kept its charming blue-sky ceiling and cosy family (and dog) friendly atmosphere. There’s always either a pub quiz or live music on, and the drink is cheap, so scoff down your pizzas and burgers and get the festive pints going.