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> Former Glasgow Restaurants, restaurants from the 60/70's
big al
post 8th Jun 2004, 11:00am
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Spot on Marion - the Garrick Tavern was the name of the restaurant in Waterloo Street that we have been talking about.

Loved the pie and peas story Luceo - The Bay Horse was a great place to eat in and I remember it fondly.

Other pubs at that time did food in a small way - I always remember JD WIlsons on corner of Renfrew Street - they had the most marvellous tasty hamburgers - it was always a fight to get to the bar to get them when they were on. There was a pub across from where Dobbies the Garden Shop - owned I think by an ex policeman - they used to specialise in pork pies - you would get them with a gigantic scoop of hand made english mustard that would blow your head off - no problems with sinus in that shop.

However at that time, it was mainly pies and bridies and sausage rolls or rolls and sausage that you could get in pubs - the Horse Shoe was always an exception to that rule - the steak pie was and still is out of this world and their fish and chips was always good as well.

Latterly when pubs started serving full menus of food many more came into the frame and were excellent places to eat - one of the few that i never liked eating in was the Muscular Arms - can't remember why but I know I didn't like it.

Getting well off topic here - I used to have lunch in the Red Lion in West Nile street ( became Bonds - don't know if it still is there)
and that was an enjoyable place to eat a meal.

Memories of all sorts of pubs are flooding back - I seen someone started a post in another forum about Glasgow pubs as well....

There used to be some nice restaurants along Sauchiehall street that we went into from time to time - I remember a Greek place downstairs near Charing X that was always good to visit - unless you got too near to the smashing plates which could be a hazard...keep these memories coming - I was also wondering about which pub served the best drinks - from a long and scarred relationship with pubs try some of these - Best draught lager was always for me in the Loughswilly Bar - best spirits measures had to be the Kiwi Lodge - the Director's Box that was in Hope Street had the best Bloody Mary's that I can remember - best pint of light in the Devon bar - Best Guinness in the Wee Man's at Sydney Street - the best fish and chips for me was in the Scotia Bar - I know that's not a drink but I am hungry......


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post 8th Jun 2004, 11:37am
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The One-O-One restaurant that you mentioned, Luceo - would that be the same as the restaurant of the same name that was open in the 50's? The era's off-topic of course, but I'm immensely curious, as I have a memory of my own if it is, though not suitable for big al's thread.
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post 8th Jun 2004, 12:35pm
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Yes Bardau, same place. It was there for a very long time but I cannot quite recall when it closed.

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post 8th Jun 2004, 12:46pm
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My thanks for that, and despite being unable to add to big al's topic, at least I can reflect on my one fine dining experience in Glasgow!
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post 8th Jun 2004, 01:25pm
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Oh go on - tell us about it - you can go OT for me....I can't remember when it closed - all of a sudden I was aware that it had shut but I couldn;t tell you when.

I think have mentioned the Lanterna in other threads over a period of time - I know it is still open but is it still as good as it was some years ago - next time I'm up I must take Gillian there or at least to Rogano - probably at lunchtime - it always seems better during the day - you can stay there all day in fact - until your money runs out.

What do people think was their favourite or best Chinese restaurant over a period of time - there were quite a lot in Glasgow in the early 50's and 60's and of course there are heaps more now - but when they were a novelty what were the favourites - I always remember the Mandarin in Union Street and there was a good little one at the Central railway station entrance in Hope Street for a long time.


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post 8th Jun 2004, 01:53pm
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Little I can tell about the actual dining itself, apart from it being the 1st time I'd ever had oysters, wondeful, and the halibut was marvellous too. But my most vivid memory was one of acute embarrassment when, upon our entry, the maitre d' turned to the other diners, & in a very loud & sonorous voice, ANNOUNCED our arrival [Ladies & Gentlemen, may I present,etc etc.....]

I was SO embarrassed!
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post 8th Jun 2004, 01:57pm
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I liked The Lucky Star, canny remember whit st. it wis oan though. W e hud wur wedding dinner in the Whitehall Rest. not the wedding, jist the dinner


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post 8th Jun 2004, 03:17pm
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In Union Street in the early Sixties there was Chinese restaurant called "Kam Wah". I was always a little suspicious of this as it is "Haw Mak" spelled backwards. Is this a sign of paranoia?

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Melody
post 8th Jun 2004, 05:34pm
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Al, you mentioned earlier the Director's Box, well when my husband and I were just going out together we used to go in there Saturday lunchtimes and they served the best lager ever and the cold meat rolls were brilliant. Funny, often now I'll say to him wish we could go to the Director's Box and be served that same lager and rolls. I'm told it was all down to the pipes....whatever that means,it was really brilliant then.
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post 9th Jun 2004, 01:36am
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DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE RAMESHORN ON INGRAM STREET NEXT DOOR TO THE WEE RED HOUSE ON CANDELRIGGS IT CLOSED WHEN THE FRUIT MARKET MOVED> rolleyes.gif
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post 9th Jun 2004, 07:06am
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Melody - I used to go into the Director's Box every day when I worked in Buchanan Street - in at lunchtime and had those delicious rolls - and lager - and back in at night usually to meet a crowd of the girls from the big Boots shop in Sauchiehall Street.

It was a really well run pub - what we liked about it, apart from the obvious, was that they had a door at the back of the pub that opened out into the alley next to the big post office in Hope st - if you wanted to avaoid anyone you didn't like you could beat a retreat without them being any the wiser - our boss used to drink in there at lunchtime so it also gave us a chance to see if he was there before we went in for a drink.... great days - and margaret who ran it was absolutely gorgeous as well.....


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post 9th Jun 2004, 05:31pm
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Al, my husband is saying to ask you do you remember Peter who ran the Director's Box probably with Margaret!! I really liked that pub, I remember the wee bit at the back of the pub with the wee funny doors, remember there was the strangest painting on the back wall in there. We used to sit in that wee back place often, funny looking back wasn't life good smile.gif Simple pleasures, always the best.
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post 10th Jun 2004, 07:29am
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Melody - I do remember him - but not as well as Margaret - I used to like the books lining the walls and the paintings - it went downhill after a time when there had been one or two changes of management - I stopped going in around 1979 I think - but for a long time there was a good crowd hung about it.

I did go in and out on Saturday if I was working - maybe we met or spoke to each other at that time - what a strnage coincidence that would be.


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post 10th Jun 2004, 03:49pm
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Indeed Al, stranger things have happened, I think we should start a campaign to bring back the Director's Box. so many of the pubs these days are all the same, corporate food, corporate beers, very little character left these days in these places, it's a great pity really, I can't think of a pub that would do simple Scottish snack stuff like that now, an good quality draught beers and lagers that I would remember for thirty odd years. laugh.gif
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Luceo
post 10th Jun 2004, 04:11pm
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This thread has started me thinking about pubs as well as restaurants and I agree that it is a pity that so many smaller pubs seem to have been unable to compete with the breweries and have disappeared.

Some of the pubs I used as a young man have disappeared altogether and others, while retaining the same name, have changed out of all recognition. Pubs I remember in the city centre are the State, the Griffin (both still there) and Carr's Keg at Charing Cross. I also used the Corn Exchange in Gordon Street which was most unusual for the time and place in that it had a cocktail bar downstairs! That is also still there but falls into the category of having changed dramatically.

Does anyone remember "light" beer. My first pint in Glasgow was a pint of "light" costing one and tuppence halfpenny which is the equivalent of six pence I think.


I am surprised that no one has mentioned the Buttery as one of Glasgow's top restaurants. I have never been there but I understand that it has recently re-opened after having closed for a time and that it is rapidly regaining its reputation.

Another unique Glasgow restaurant is The Cabin with Wilma the singing waitress. It is out in Dumbarton Road and an evening there is a bit like going to a party in a Glasgow tenement...

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