12 Ashton Lane, GLASGOW, G12 8SJ
One of the city's most intriguing pubs stands hidden down a cobbled lane in Glasgow's Bohemian, trendy West End. Here; this mews property has morphed over four decades into a jigsaw of eating and drinking spaces to savour. The main dining area opens into a vine-covered courtyard, while upstairs is the brasserie-style, two AA-Rosette restaurant. There are three drinking areas: the traditional Big Pub, serving real ales such as Loch Fyne (there's a twice-yearly beer festival here too), nearly 30 wines by the glass and more than 150 malt whiskies; the Wee Bar, which lives up to its name by being possibly the 'wee-est' bar in Scotland; and the Corner Bar, which serves cocktails across a granite slab reclaimed from a mortuary. The menu is a Pandora's Box of delights and draws lavishly on Scotland's generous larder. Lead in with smoked haddock fishcake with Arbroath smokie mayonnaise; then turn attention to Ayrshire mallard breast, confit leg, roast celeriac, Savoy cabbage and bacon with mead gravy.