The Ubiquitous Chip

Address: 12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 334 5007

- Expensive

4.3

Glasgow’s original and best Scottish restaurant is an a la carte West End classic.

Everyone in Glasgow knows The Chip. Forty years old and still going strong, The Chip was my original introduction to the delights of Glasgow gastronomy and high end indigenous Scottish cuisine. Inside, the restaurant centres on an unexpected green and vinous courtyard with a trickling pool and fountain. Upstairs there is a more traditional brasserie dining room but across the board the focus is on locally sourced produce and traditional cooking. For me it’s nostalgia at its best.

Food and drink
4.3
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Service
4.5
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Food and drink
4.3
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Value for money
4.2
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Ambience
4.4
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Location
4.5
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Food and drink

Distinctly Scottish with a little French flair the menu promises the very best from a well packed Scottish larder. Bouillabaisse with lythe, salmon, mussels, new potatoes and garlic aioli, Inverurie rump steak, stovies and wild mushrooms, and Perthshire wood pigeon wrapped in bacon, pearl barley risotto, wild mushroom sauce and rich game sauce are the stand out dishes.

Recommended dishes

The Chip’s own venison haggis, mashed potatoes, carrot crisp and turnip cream has been served in the same style since 1971. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, as the old saying goes.

Ambience

Old fashioned and perhaps showing its age somewhat, the restaurant is an institution and remains an inspiration for a number of other Scottish-themed eateries across the country. It’s very popular with corporate groups and business men. Or at least it was with my Dad and his boss – but that may also have something to do with the 150 malt whisky selection in the adjacent bar.

Service

Low key with a distinct Glasgow twang.

Location

Tucked down Ashton Lane, a cobbled mews off Byers Road, The Ubiquitous Chip is the life and soul of the West End’s most photogenic street. One hundred metres from the Hillhead Subway station.

Price advice

On the a la carte menu, two courses plus appetiser cost £34.95 and three courses plus appetiser are £39.95.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Nightlife
  • Romance
  • History

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