Entrance-way portrait

Entrance-way portrait

Following on from Our Beer Man’s visit to Usher’s a few weeks back, we gave it a visit in between Festival frolics.

I was joined today by Adrian and Iain, both of whom I’ve known for rather a long time, dating back to university days at a nearby institution.

Scotch eggs

Scotch eggs

We gave the beer a good sampling. It was my first chance to try some of the beers from Glasgow’s Drygate. I enjoyed the Bearfaced lager, in particular.

Our thoughts soon turned to food. The selection is quite interesting with fairly familiar stuff given a nice set of descriptions to put their own twist on them. They combine a grazing menu with more substantial stuff including all-day breakfasts and sharing dishes.

Pollock

Pollock

Adrian chose the “Fishmonger” which today was pollock with chorizo and chickpeas. Iain opted for the burger, featuring beef from Shaw’s. I tried two grazing dishes: their scotch eggs and salt beef bagel.

Dishes soon arrived looking very bonnie. My pair of scotch eggs were served one intact, one sliced open, with a pot of pickle and some cheese. They proved to be extremely tasty, with the soft-boiled eggs the absolute star.

Burger and chunky chips

Burger and chunky chips

Expectations were set high for the bagel and sadly they were dashed, as it was nowhere near the same quality. Very little beef or other compellingly tasty filling was included making it an overly bready eat. The dish can be easily fixed, I dare say, but it was a considerable disappointment.

This was a shame as Iain’s burger looked good and his chips very chunky. Adrian was very pleased with his dish, too.

Bagel

Bagel

So overall, Usher’s is definitely worth a visit as their beer selection is pretty good and their menu quite interesting. They have aspects to improve, but nothing that’s too challenging to fix. As with Our Beer Man’s assessment, the only additional niggle is that there are quite a number of places now ploughing this furrow so Usher’s has to develop their offering to making it just a little more definitively compelling. I wish them well in doing so.

Scores
Blythe scores Usher’s
3/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20

Today’s questers were: Adrian, Iain, Blythe

We ate: pollock with chorizo and chick pea stew; burger; scotch eggs; salt beef bagel

We drank: various ales (not included in price)

We wore: tweeds, North Face jacket, linen

Total bill: £36.50

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Written by BKR