Glasgow Cooks Better

17th January 2014

The Glasgow Restaurant Association has been busy again! We’ve teamed up with some other great restaurants and some well known celebrities to come up with ‘Glasgow Cooks Better’. We’re hoping to raise enough money to fund the building of the kitchen in the new Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice at Bellahouston Park.

It’s packed with great recipes and can be bought from the member restaurants or directly from the hospice for £15.

Click here for full details of the hospice plans.

Seasonal Opening Hours

28th December 2013

All of the Glasgow restaurants will be closed on January 1st and 2nd and will re-open for dinner on Friday 3rd. From then on it’s business as usual.

All the best to our lovely customers for 2014 from everyone here at Two Fat Ladies!

Merry Christmas!

17th December 2013

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Happy Christmas one and all!

There’s still some time to get that special someone in your life a Two Fat Ladies Gift Voucher for Christmas. The last day for first class postal deliveries to be made in time for Christmas Day is the 20th so if you are wishing to buy online please have your order placed before the deadline!

Click here to place your order.

Two Fat Bees Recipe Competition

20th November 2013

We’re having a recipe competition with our friends at Plan Bee. There are great prizes to be won for the best entry!

Get your TFL apron on and get baking!

Click here for full details.


Henri Bourgeois Dinner - October 21st

17th September 2013

Come and join us for an evening of great food, great company and above all great wines!

Monday October 21st at 7pm. The menu and wines are in the Buttery section of the site.


The Scottish Fishmonger

5th July 2013

Check out the new promo video from our friends at the Scottish Fishmonger!

The Scottish Fishmonger Promo Video from The Scottish Fishmonger on Vimeo.

Mother's Day

7th March 2013

Our hugely popular Two Fat Ladies Kitchen Aprons are now available to purchase direct from our restaurants as well as on-line.


They are £15 each and make a great Mother’s Day gift. They can be collected from any of the restaurants.

Burns Night 2013

11th January 2013

Once you’ve tired of the folly of detox - it’s time to have a blow out again!

On 25th January it’s Burns night and were celebrating in style with our friends at Glengoyne Whisky.

There’s a complimentary nip of Whisky for anyone dining from the a la carte menus at The Buttery, West End or City Centre restaurants on the evening of the 25th January (first come first served!)

So get your skates on and book up! We’re looking forward to seeing your sonsie faces!

Two Fat Ladies Love Christmas!

29th August 2012

It’s getting close to that time of year again - check out our latest newsletter here for full details.

Be sure to sign up for the next one if you haven’t already.

Two Fat Ladies Really Do Pure Love Christmas

Taste of Edinburgh 2012

26th June 2012

Taste of Edinburgh 2012

Two Fat Ladies along with Cafe Gandolfi will be representing Glasgow’s dining scene again at this year’s event on July 6th, 7th and 8th. The festival of fine food (and some pretty fine drinks too!) will be held at The meadows and promises to be great fun and a great opportunity for any Weegies brave enough to head through to sample the delights of Edinburgh’s finest establishments !

Let’s hope the weather was as good as last year!

Malawi Dinner

28th May 2012

Now that the dust has settled and the pennies have been counted it’s time to thank and congratulate the fabulous customers, ‘waiters’ and ‘chefs’ who made our Malawi May fund raiser so successful!

Close to £2000 was collected from the guests at the dinner, which is a great achievement for a Monday night.

Special thanks too goes to our suppliers who donated their produce for the event. Thanks especially to Braehead Foods, Rogers the butcher, Direct Foods and Inverarity Morton.

Unbelievably (!) the two teams worked very well in their reversed roles and they are all still talking to each other.

Check out our Facebook page for full details and pics from the night.

Malawi May Dinner

12th May 2012

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We’re having a dinner at The Buttery on May 21st for the Malawi May appeal.

Here’s the catch - our highly experienced and talented chefs will be serving the food and it will be cooked by the front of house team!

The guests can then donate what they feel the evening was worth at the end to the appeal.

Space will be limited so if you fancy a bit of fun and a good night out for a great cause - phone us at The Buttery and book a table.

Click on the menus section to see what’s going to be on offer for the event.

CYT Wine Evening

6th April 2012

Concha Y Toro Dinner at Blythswood Street Monday 28th May.

Guy Chatfield from CYT will be hosting a dinner at TFL City Centre next month. Chef David Monaghan has come up with a taster menu and Guy has matched some delicious and interesting wines from South America to go with each course.

The evening will kick off with a glass of Los Ganson Brut and canapes. Check out the rest of the menu and wines in the menu section of the website.

The price for the evening is £55 per person including wine. Space is limited to book early to avoid disappointment!

Art Club Do for Maggies

21st February 2012

The grand finale for our ‘Who Gives a Fork?’ campaign!

Art Club

A great value night out with entertainment all for a very good cause!

Be quick - limited ticket availability!

Grand Gesture

10th December 2011

Dazzling December Diner’s Dinner Offer!

Grand Gesture

All diners during December will recieve a voucher entitling them to a free glass of fizz when returning in January.

When dining from our a la carte menus.

Terms & Conditions

1. The voucher entitles the bearer & up to 7 guests to a glass of prosecco each at any Two Fat Ladies Restaurant.
2. The offer is valid Monday to Thursday from 3rd January 2012 until 31st January 2012.
3. Only 1 voucher can be redeemed per visit.
4. The voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer i.e. online bookings.
5. The voucher has no monetary value.
6. Data capture must be completed in order to redeem voucher.
7. Two Fat Ladies reserves the right to cancel the offer at any time.

Christmas !

19th September 2011

Christmas is coming!

It’s that time of year again when we all have to start thinking about behaving ourselves because Santa IS watching!

We have our menus up online now for the festive season - they can be viewed through the menus section or you can see our wonderful tinsel-clad website by clicking here.

All your Christmas prezzie needs are here at the Two Fat Ladies Couture Shop.

Oh, and here’s a little party piece a few of the managers have been working on for the Christmas staff party this year.

Two Fat's Couture

12th September 2011

We’ve launched an online shop for all our TFL merchandise!

It’s accessable here or
through the facebook pages - click on ‘Two Fat’s Couture’ on the left side of the page.

It’s not too early to be thinking of Christmas prezzies!!


15th June 2011 !!!

The three ‘fishy’ fat ladies restaurants have all been reviewed and re-rated on top ‘foodie’ sustainability website

Check out the reviews -

West End

City Centre

The Buttery

Well done to all involved and a big thankyou to our seafood supplier The Scottish fishmonger for all their hard work behind the scenes.

taste of edinburgh

12th May 2011

Taste of Edinburgh 2011

Two Fat Ladies along with Cafe Gandolfi and Cail Bruich will be representing Glasgow’s dining scene at this year’s event on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The festival of fine food will be held at The meadows and promises to be great fun and a great opportunity for any Weegies brave enough to head through to sample the delights of Edinburgh’s finest establishments !

Click here for exclusive 2 for £12 ticket offer

Click here for exclusive VIP ticket offer

Youth Enterprise

13th April 2011

Lourdes Secondary - Young Enterprise Glasgow winning team !

Our team of sixth year pupils, who took part in the YES Glasgow Company Programme where pupils set up and run a business for a year, was the first in Scotland to give all the profits from their entrepreneurial journey to charity. It was a truly social enterprise and they have chosen David Hayman’s Spirit Aid charity as the beneficiaries. The team attended a talk from him to their year group and his story inspired them.

Well done Lourdes !

Mothers' Day 2011

7th March 2011

Mothers’ Day 2011

It’s going to be busy one this year so get booking and treat THE most important lady in your life !

The Buttery is full from 2.30pm until 5.30pm as there is a charity afternoon tea on in aid of McMillan Nurses. However TFL City Centre and The Shandon Belles are both open along with TFL West End on Sunday April 3rd for lunch and dinner to help cope with demand.

Scottish Restaurant Awards 2011

4th March 2011

Scottish Restaurant Awards 2011 - Winners Announced !

We were nominated in two categories this year - Best Seafood restaurant for Two Fat Ladies West and Best Customer service for Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery.

It was a great night in a fabulous venue, hosted in style by Tam Cowan.

The nominations were an achievment in themselves but it was great for Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery to win their category for Customer Service.

Congratulations to all the winners on the night from the Two Fat’s team and a special pat on the back to all the guys at The Buttery for their hard work and attention to detail which has led to this achievment.

Valentine's Celebrations !

19th January 2011

The bookings are coming in thick and fast for Valentines weekend this year.

As the 14th is the Monday the whole of the weekend will be busy so to meet demand the City Centre restaurant will be open on Sunday 13th too ( It’s normally closed on a Sunday ).

Scottish Restaurant Awards 2011

29th November 2010

Scottish Restaurant Awards 2011

The short-lists for each category for this year’s Scottish Restaurant Awards have been published and the Two Fat Ladies Group is well represented !

The West End restaurant is short-listed in the ’ best seafood restaurant ’ category and The Buttery is ( for the second year running ) short-listed in the ’ best customer service ’ category.

Click here for full details

Best in the World !!!

18th November 2010

Well - what do you think…?

Quirky and original travel web site has shortlisted Two Fat Ladies West in the final three for its ‘top eating and drinking 2010’ category.

If you agree, click on the link and vote. If you don’t, click anyway - you could win a prize. In fact who cares vote, vote, voooooote !!!

Click here to vote!

Btw - If you win an ipod as a result of the competition - I want a shot of it.

Glasgow Restaurant Awards

7th October 2010

Nominations are being taken for the Glasgow Restaurant Awards 2010 which will be held on December 5th at The Citizen’s Theatre.

Click HERE to nominate your favourite eatery !

Christmas is on the way !!!

4th October 2010

The Christmas menus are now available to view on the web site.

The Buttery is open for lunch on Christmas day and there is limited space left so get your ( ice ) skates on if you want to book.

We have been busy fat ladies over the last couple of months with Gourmet Glasgow in August and our Charity afternoon teas that have been held at the Buttery.

Here’s a little video to show you how they went…

Gourmet Glasgow 2010

2nd August 2010

Check out the video for the launch of Gourmet Glasgow Festival 2010 !

Click HERE to see the launch clip!

Two Fat Ladies Raw

29th April 2010

Two Fat Ladies Raw

Work will begin next week on our latest project - Two Fat Ladies Raw.

When finished it will be a quality fishmonger selling all of the fantastic fresh products we use to cook with at our restaurants.

Langoustines from Skye, dived scallops from Mull, beautiful Irish oysters from Donegal and lots, lots more !

Follow our progress on Twitter ( search - ‘twofatladiesraw’ ) and we will tweet updates and photographs of the work as it comes along.

Corona Week in the Shandon Belles

26th March 2010

Corona Week In The Shandon Belles

From the 1st April to the 8th we will be running a   promotion in conjunction with Mexican premium lager Corona.

Simply quote ‘Corona Week’ when booking to receive a complimentary bottle of Corona with your meal.

Talent Required !

8th March 2010

It’s getting busier and busier and we need help.

We have a vacancy for a full time waiter at The Buttery and one for a part-time waiter at Blythswood Street.

Applications can be made either directly to the restaurants or by email at

Mother's Day 2010

4th March 2010

Mother’s day is on the way on Sunday 14th March.

So if you’ve brownie points to earn or feel like taking Mum out for a wee treat, head along to one of the restaurants for a special lunch !

All of the restaurants are open all day this year including The Shandon Belles.

Re-opening !

26th February 2010

Two Fat Ladies West End - the original grand old dame of the group - has re-opened after the January flood.

The forced closure has given us the chance to extensively redecorate the whole restaurant she’s now looking better than she ever has in her 21 years !

Open for lunch and dinner 7 days, pop along and see the changes and ask the girls about the plans for next door…

Two Fat Ladies West End

30th January 2010

Two Fat Ladies West, 88 Dumbarton Road

Shortly after re-opening for January the restaurant had a catastrophic flood which destoyed the floor, seating and quite a lot of other things!

It has been closed since then but the work to re-fit and decorate will begin on Monday 1st February. Woo Hoo !

We should be ready to re-open late the following week when we will launch a new menu too !

Watch this space for the opening date !

It's Christmas time soon !!!

4th September 2009

Ding dong merrily on high all ye faithful - it’s that time of year again soon. When many will follow the star and make their way, in their glad rags, to the Two Fat Ladies restaurants for a bit of festive cheer.

The Christmas menus are ready to view on the site and all of the restaurants are taking bookings for December.

Feel free to phone the restaurant of your choice to check availability or email info@ for a more specific enquiry.

West End Express Menu

23rd April 2009

Two Fat Ladies West End has launched an express summer lunch menu !

£8.50 for a main course salad and a glass of house wine or a coffee.

Nip in for a quick bite and sneaky lunch time glass of wine when you’re supposed to be busy doing something really important elsewhere - we won’t tell a soul.

Charity Night for Quarriers

3rd February 2009

A big thank you is due to all the diners at our role-reversal charity event on Monday January 26th!

The evening was a great success and nearly five thousand pounds was raised.

And, unbelievably, the staff are all still talking to each other!

Scottish Restaurant Awards

3rd February 2009

Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery was crowned Newcomer of the Year on Tuesday 27th January at the Scottish Restaurant Awards.

It was a great evening enjoyed by many and is a great achievement for all the hard work put in by all of the staff.

Click HERE to see all the winners!

Chefs vs Front of House for Quarriers

17th December 2008

On Monday 26th January at Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery we’re having a charity night in aid of Quarriers.

We’ve decided to do something a bit controversial and unleash the chefs on the diners as waiters and unleash the front of house staff on the kitchen !

Those attending will have their , ahem, “meal” served to them by the chefs with the waiters and management taking care of the , cough, “cooking” in the kitchen.

The serious business of the evening is all about raising as much cash as possible for a very worthy cause. All we ask in return for our efforts on the night is that the guests donate how much they think the food, wine , service and ambiance was worth to Quarriers. ( Especially the ambiance and the wine, which although the staff will have little control over on the night, you can’t put a price on !).

There will also be a game of bingo after the meal with lots of smashing prizes up for grabs.

Menu to follow soon, please phone to reserve now !

Scottish Restaurant Awards

4th November 2008

Two Fat Ladies @ The Buttery has been shortlisted in the Best Newcomer category in this year’s Scottish Restaurant awards.

The winners will be unveiled at a glitzy bash at Kelvingrove Art Gallery on January 27th.

Fingers and toes crossed… !

Click HERE to find out more about the Awards!

Allan Brown at The Shandon Belles

10th August 2008

From The Sunday TimesAugust 10, 2008

Restaurant review: Allan Brown at The Shandon Belles

Allan Brown
I found myself in the Brighton branch of YO! Sushi the other week, attended to by a pleasant young fellow named Oscar who hailed from one of the Japanese islands. The Japanese, I’ve often found, harbour a curious fondness for Scotland, particularly its contemporary music. At university many was the time those of us in the office of the student newspaper took delivery of letters from Osaka and Kyoto — exquisite, calligraphically elaborate missives on scented rice paper — enquiring with unintentionally hilarious sincerity into the health and well-being of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions or the Pastels.

It seemed very much an article of faith among the youth of Japan that these superstars were treated with the highest degree of idolatry in their homeland. One rather got the impression the Japanese pictured the Scots supplicating with the devotion once accorded to the Emperor Senka whenever Deacon Blue or Altered Images deigned to walk among us. I never had the heart to relay the information that more commonly the musicians of the Scottish beat scene were to be found working in record shops and living on Weetabix. The disillusionment may well have precipitated outbreaks of Mishima-style hari-kari.

In a similar spirit, meanwhile, and having registered my accent, Oscar was keen to disclose that he’d been saving up for years in order to treat himself to a cook’s tour of the Highlands. I’m not sure how discriminating Oscar’s palate is; he was excited beyond reason, for instance, to hear that there’s branch of YO! Sushi in Glasgow; this exciting news clearly redoubled his commitment to the entire scheme.

But otherwise what Oscar yearned for, in a manner bemusing to those obliged to live with such stuff all year round, was restaurants with tartan carpets and clan family trees and stags on the wall and prestige salmon that had been slaughtered by an honourable warrior wielding his sword in the time-honoured manner of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Del Amitri. The Japanese have a love of difficulty and obscurity and doomed fortitude against all reasonable odds; hardly surprising, then, that they have a soft spot for Scotland.

I was reminded of Oscar and his odd project on visiting The Shandon Belles. The place doesn’t play the Caledonian card too stridently but I’m sure it’s precisely the type of place Oscar dreams of when being served lunch by robots amid the neon noise of Tokyo. It’s in the basement of The Buttery, or Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery as it’s known now, itself the epitome of clubby, oak-panelled, overstuffed hush. The Buttery has always done hip-baronial better, more discreetly and discerningly, than everywhere else, and more so since the sympathetic tidying-up it has received since being taken under the bingo-wing of the Two Fat Ladies chain several years back.

The Shandon Belles is the next stage of the project, a revival of what used to be known as The Belfry, the bijou cafe space in the restaurant’s basement. The fixtures and fittings come from the same church that provided the pews upstairs but, heretically some may say, they’ve been painted a light grey. The prevalence of exposed chunky brickwork gives the place the feel of an Ideal Homes Flintstones cave though there are all manner of well-judged decorative touches lightening the ambience. The mixture of ancient and modern updates with some considerable style the template of the upscale Scottish eating place.

More so given the menu. The Shandon Belles is designed to be a cheaper, faster version of the parent restaurant but the menu is spun from much the same sort of stuff: seafood and named-supplier meat. Even if the recipes are more rudimentary and the dishes less fiddly, the standard is equivalent. The cullen skink is not the gloopy soup-stew you find commonly but the purist’s admixture of potatoes, cream and judicious flecks of haddock. There was the welcome presence of chicken livers, presented on a nest of diced Stornoway black pudding and bacon. The mains offered slow roast pork belly, lamb chops and Cajun-spiced Shetland salmon. I went for the seafood linguini in a garlic and parmesan sauce and was gratified by the freshness of the pasta and the ample presence of mussels and squid. Dessert was the Shandon chocolate and ginger pot, a thick, lethally flavoursome paste of spicy sweetness.

For a cafe, meanwhile, the service was 60-quid-a-head standard, as impeccable as the food, which came in some considerable distance south of 60 quid. As with all the Two Fat Ladies restaurants you were left with the suspicion that you were in the hands of restaurateurs who really know what they’re doing. Oscar really ought to stick it on his itinerary forthwith.

The Shandon Belles, 652 Argyle Street, Glasgow, 0141 221 8188, dinner for two with wine £50

The Herald "Going Out"

10th January 2008

Two fat ladies at the buttery, Glasgow
CATE DEVINE January 10 2008
652 Argyle Street, Glasgow
0141 221 8188
Style: Laid-back and unpretentious
Food: Mainly fish and seafood
Price: Starter £5-£9, mains from £17
Wheelchair access: No

A miserable Monday evening in winter may not seem the wisest time to visit a fish restaurant - let alone one which is still unknown to certain Glasgow taxi drivers. But the minute we burst into Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery (a strong gust of wind ensuring our entrance is far from elegant), any fears we have of eating alone in an empty dining room are put to rest. The place, as they say in Finnieston, is hoaching. Not packed, but not filleted either. Phew.

It’s immediately clear that the formality of the Buttery - which was built in 1860s, had its most recent heyday in the 1980s under Ken McCulloch and was bought from Ian Fleming last year by Ryan James’s Two Fat Ladies group - has vanished. In its place is a less starchy vibe. The darkly imposing mahogany bar and original wood panelling are still there but the bar area has been reduced in size to accommodate more tables, and the welcome is a collegiate staff affair rather than a single “good evening” from a lone maitre d’.

We are allocated a lovely wooden booth, complete with dedicated lighting, which offers both privacy and a ringside view of proceedings. Unfortunately, I can see too much of the coffee machine which seems to dominate the main dining room. But a swiftly served glass of house red sorts me out: mine’s a mellow Languedoc Cabernet Sauvignon at £4.50 while my companion’s is a Chenin blanc. We choose a slice of parmesan and rosemary bread from a communal basket; it’s tasty and unusual, but doesn’t feel newly baked.

Joanna Blythman

10th January 2008

Buttery on top
By Joanna Blythman

ORIGINALLY BUILT in 1861 as a pub for Irish dockers, the once proletarian Buttery has long been regarded as one of Glasgow’s top restaurant addresses. In that time it has see-sawed from having expensive good food to expensive bad food. Each time it goes bust, you cross your fingers and hope that someone will take it over who is sympathetic to the architecture of the building, and who will give it the food it deserves.

And you know what? We might have got there. The Buttery has been taken over by Ryan James, better known for his duet of Two Fat Ladies, both reliable, affordable restaurants that manage to pull off the trick of feeling a bit of a treat. Now that he has got his hands on the Buttery, it has been transformed. It is still very much the Buttery, though James has stripped it back and dispensed with gloomy, cluttered, faux Victoriana in favour of a less straight-backed, more Edwardian style.

James knows how to integrate traditional with modern, and this shows in the wrought iron and leaded glass work, characteristic of Two Fat Ladies, that he has added to the exterior. The original unwelcoming partition that used to stand inside the door has been divided and redeployed to create more intimate nooks and corners within the bar. The paintwork is light. Stunning original Arts and Crafts centre lights with fringed shades complemented by homely standard lamps make for a mellow mood. Now you can really appreciate the simple lines of the Arts and Crafts oak panelling throughout.

advertisementThe dining room retains its clubby, conspiratorial atmosphere. White linen napery shows off antique cutlery, bought at auctions then restored to its former glory. Post-prandial hot drinks come in pretty bone-china antique cups. The Buttery has not had some quick-fix makeover from a flashy designer, but has been brought to life by having lots of small things done, lovingly and patiently, by someone who had a clear vision of what he wanted to achieve.

For anyone who has eaten at Two Fat Ladies, the menu is familiar. The weakest parts of the food on offer are accompanying vegetables and desserts, but everything else is extremely sound. This lovely, newly restored Buttery makes a perfect setting for classic food, so I went for Cullen skink followed by lemon sole meunière. The soup was impeccable. The liquid element spoke of good fish stock and, unlike many others by that name, did not rely on surplus cream for body or flavour. The leeks were soft but retained their colour, the haddock flakes were translucent and the potato agreeably floury. You couldn’t fault the sole either, a prime fish in mint condition, immaculately seasoned then cooked to perfection on the bone in nut-brown butter.

My dining companion hit gold too. His starter - a meal in itself for me - was a rugged slice of rustic game terrine. There was the odd bit of chewiness to it, but the taste was good and the meat was succulent, despite being lean. The light, aromatic pear and raisin chutney that accompanied it provided just the fruity note it needed. The main course fillet of beef was supplied by the Mey estate, up in Caithness, where farmers have got together to market their produce in an initiative fostered by the Prince of Wales. I cannot remember eating more pliant, fine-grained, deep-flavoured beef. Wild mushrooms, given a creamy, peppery Stroganoff-style treatment, made an ideal partner.

The side vegetables - slightly sautéed chunky potatoes, carrot, courgette and parsnip - felt routine and lacked a sense of seasonal excitement. The staple Two Fat Ladies tasting platter of desserts contained some toothsome elements, like the sherbety, tangy fromage blanc sorbet and a super-soft, fudgey, sticky toffee pudding. But the grainy creme brûlée, with granular caramel and a solid lemon tart, indicated that there is still work to be done in the pastry department.

In its new incarnation, the Buttery is a very attractive proposition. Both food and wine are now priced at a level that means that it need no longer be seen as a “special occasion” outfit. The current owner has the sense to go after repeat business and, with this unique setting and steady performance, he will doubtless get it.

Two Fat Ladies At The Buttery, 652 Argyle Street, Glasgow 0141 221 8188 Lunch £13.50-£16 Dinner £24-£30 Food rating 81/2/10

Tam Cowan

10th January 2008

Two Fat Ladies At The Buttery
Dec 22 2007 By Tam Cowan

Tam’s Christmas Present To Saturday! Plus Readers Is Another Frontrunner For The Next Hot Plate Award Two Fat Ladies At The Buttery 652 Argyle Street, Glasgow

Seeing as you’ve all been good little boys and girls throughout 2007 - a genuine thanks for all the great restaurant recommendations, folks - I’ve decided to adopt the Santa role today and give you an extra-special Christmas present.

Yes, I’m going to point you in the direction of Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery.

The recently opened Glasgow restaurant is now favourite for our next Hot Plate Award and, once all the festive cheer has disappeared quicker than your granny’s bottle of Bertola Cream, I suggest you try this excellent eaterie for the perfect pick-me-up in January.

I’ve already made a return trip to Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery (a great choice for my father-in-law’s 70th birthday bash) and I know for a fact I’m going to keep going back.

But, hey, don’t just take my word for it. This restaurant has already been given the Royal seal of approval.

Yes, I went with my pal Tommy Gilmour - the Scottish boxing promoter recently awarded an MBE - and he absolutely loved it.

But even more significantly, perhaps, we were joined by our mutual mate Chris - a Glasgow restauranteur who’s been involved in the family business for donkey’s years - and I can tell you he was hugely impressed.

You’ll find the restaurant (actually, it might be easier trying to find Osama Bin Laden) on the bit of Argyle Street next to the motorway that time - and the city planners - apparently forgot.

Lovely inside, it boasts an old world charm and there’s a real cosy atmosphere courtesy of the 1930s music and the excellent array of snug booths.

While you should expect to pay about £30 a head for an evening meal, the lunch and pre-theatre menu is a steal at £16 for three courses.

Talking of prices, Chris was astonished to discover a top restaurant offering a whole page of wines under £20 and the one he chose - a crisp, cold Albarino - was apparently “a steal” at £21.

The one-page, easy-toread menu features eight starters, nine main courses and seven desserts - plus a couple of daily specials - and you’ll appreciate the little freebies (garlic croutons and olives) as selecting from this list of goodies is hungry work.

I’m going to stick my neck out and more or less guarantee you won’t go wrong no matter what you choose.

But here’s a rundown on the stuff that really tickled our fancy on this particular night. The Cullen skink - nice and chunky with lots of fish - was one of the best I’ve sampled.

If you like risotto, you’ll love the butternut squash variety served with plump, juicy king prawns in garlic and chilli butter.

And the steamed Loch Etive mussels with Thai curry sauce were superb.

Moving onto the main courses, the whole sea bass stuffed with fennel, red onion and basil was sensational and the beautifully cooked, pearly flesh simply fell off the bone.

The scallops were also very good, overshadowed, perhaps, by the Stornoway black pudding. But you really must try the monkfish.

The oatmeal and black pepper crust works a treat and as for the amazing creamed savoy cabbage… let’s just say you definitely won’t sleep in for your work the next morning!

The grand dessert - a platter of sticky toffee pudding, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate mousse, brandy basket with ice-cream and lemon tart - costs £14.50 but I reckon it’s more than enough for six people (or two sweet-toothed women).

We finished a great meal with coffees and handmade chocolates which, if you can suffer one more Christmas cracker joke, you should try to eat in moderation.

Otherwise you could end up at the Petit Fours Clinic. Ach, suit yourself…



Address: 652 Argyle Street, Glasgow

Tel: 0141 221 8188

Open: seven days for lunch and dinner

Wheelchair access: Yes

Bill for three (with wine): £130

Food: 5/5 - a fishy feast

Service: 4/5 - very professional

Decor: 5/5 - great atmosphere

Toilets: 5/5 - faultless

Value: 4/5 - top nosh at fair prices

Total: 23/25

New website launches

30th November 2007

We are pleased to launch or new website.

You can find information on each Two Fat’s venue along with contact details and menus.

Where to find us

The Shandon Belles is located on Argyle Street in Glasgow City Centre.

Contact Information

The Shandon Belles

652-654 Argyle Street,
Glasgow, G3 8UF
Great Britain

+44 (0)141 221 8188

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